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Leuk, mooi & lekker Dutch

Leuk Lekker and Mooi are three very positive adjectives in Dutch. It is important to know the difference. The Dutch Online Academy offers Dutch grammar exercises, Dutch Skype lessons and Dutch grammar explanations in both Dutch and English.

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What is the difference between leuk, mooi and lekker in Dutch?

The difference between leuk, mooi and lekker might seem difficult, but with these handy rules, you will be able to use these words well!

leuk

You could translate this as "fun", so it indicates that something puts a smile on your face. It makes you happy. Things that can be "leuk":

  • a joke

  • a book (it puts a smile on your face)

  • a piece of clothing

  • music

  • a picture (a fun picture of you and your dog for example)

  • a night out

  • a voice (imagine a voice that makes that makes you happy or a voice affected by helium)

  • a pie (in the shape of a banana)

mooi

You could translate this as "pretty/beautiful", so it indicates that something is nice to look at or beautiful to hear. Things that can be "mooi":

  • a book (it moves you)

  • a piece of clothing

  • music (music that touches you is usually very "mooi")

  • a picture (a beautiful picture of a landscape for example)

  • a night out

  • a voice (a voice that i nice to listen to)

  • the weather (the sun is out!)

  • a pie (beautifully decorated)

lekker

You could translate this as "tasty" or "nice to feel", so it indicates that something is nice to feel, to sense by touch, taste or hearing. Things that can be "lekker":

  • a book (it reads easily, it's just what you were up for!)

  • a piece of clothing (this sweater is so lekker, it's so soft! I could live in this sweater!)

  • music (music that makes you move is usually "lekker")

  • the weather (it just feels good, it can be a sunny day or that lovely rain shower after weeks of heat)

  • a pie (delicious!)

  • temperature

Practice with exercises

Vul in/Fill in: Leuk - Lekker - Mooi

Mijn zus kan __ zingen. Ze heeft een prachtige stem.

Ik heb gisteren een __ broodje haring gegeten.

Haha, wat een __ video!

Deze massage voelt __ .

Zullen we gaan zwemmen? Het water is __ , 23 graden!

Je hebt __ schoenen. Waar heb je ze gekocht?

Het is __ weer vandaag. Zullen we gaan fietsen?

Solutions

Vul in/Fill in: Leuk - Lekker - Mooi

Mijn zus kan mooi zingen. Ze heeft een prachtige stem.

Ik heb gisteren een lekker broodje haring gegeten.

Haha, wat een leuke video!

Deze massage voelt lekker .

Zullen we gaan zwemmen? Het water is lekker , 23 graden!

Je hebt leuke/mooie schoenen. Waar heb je ze gekocht?

Het is lekker/mooi weer vandaag. Zullen we gaan fietsen?

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