Language in Bruges

Language in Bruges

The official language in Bruges is Flemish, which is almost the same language as Dutch. When we are in Belgium, we tend to think that in this country everyone speaks French, and if somebody doesn’t, we think that it is because the famous rivalry between Flemish and French- speaking people. However, we have to know that in Flanders, French is not mandatory. For instance, in the Flemish schools the only official and mandatory language is Flemish and the civil servants don’t need to be bilingual. Nowadays, only less than 15% of the Flemish-speaking university students study French.

Thus, if we don’t speak Flemish, which is quite possible, it will be better to communicate in English, a language spoken fluently by Flemish-speaking people.

You also have to know that, during your trip, you have to pay attention to the names of the cities, because they may be different in French, English and Flemish.

CITY’S NAMES IN FRENCH AND FLEMISH

(EN-FR-FL)

  • Brussels-Bruxelles-Brussel
  • Antwerp-Anvers-Antwerpen
  • Mechlin-Malines-Mechelen
  • Bruges-Bruges-Brugge
  • Ghent-Gand-Gent
  • Liege-Liège-Luik
  • Leuven-Louvain-Leuven

But for the most daring people, we give you here some useful words and sentences in Flemish to communicate with Flemish-speaking people in their language.

 USEFUL WORDS AND SENTENCES IN FLEMISH

Yes: Ja.

       Good morning: Goedemorgen

       Thank you: Bedankt

No: Nee.

       Good evening: Goedemiddag.

       You’re welcome: Graaggedaan.

Hello: Hoi.

       Goodnight: Goedenacht.

       Please: Alstublieft / Gelieve.