Dutch Words in Japanese Language

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In the case of Gairaigo, something similar to Wasei-Eigo, we also have Dutch words used in the Japanese language. In this article, we will see a list of Japanese words derived from the Dutch language that had a lot of influence in Japan.

How did the Dutch end up in Japanese?

Dutch is a western language that came to Japan after Portuguese and Spanish. In 1609 companies from the East Indies and the Netherlands (Federal Republic of Nederland) began trading in the Port of Hirado in Nagasaki.

About 30 years later, in 1640 the company moved to Dejima in Nagasaki and, even after becoming an isolated country, it remained the only trade in Europe and continued to transmit its culture to Japan.

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In the process, many Dutch nomenclatures flowed and settled in the Japanese language. There is no beautiful name like it wasei-eigo to refer to Japanese words of Dutch origin, what we have is [オランダ語から日本語への借用].

Palavras holandesas no idioma japonês

War for the Origins of Japanese Words

The similarities between Western words make some question the origin of the words used in Japanese. Did it come from Portugal or the Netherlands? Some words always become a source of uncertainty and confusion.

For example, some believe that the cloak [マント] which refers to a cover, originated from the Portuguese language, but is believed to also have originated from the Dutch word mantel, that being japonized it can become a mantle.

They also question the origin of the word iodine whether it came from Dutch or German. So does the word Reumatismus and kraan. Regardless of origin, the word lists in this article have a Dutch origin.

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Gairaigo - The words of foreign origin

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, the Dutch words in Japanese can be called gairaigo [外来語]. Refers to all words used in Japan of foreign origin written in katakana, regardless of the origin of the language.

In order to explain, it is like the words internet, download, hotdog and hamburger that we use in Portuguese. There may also be false cognates, where the original word is different from the meaning used in the Japanese language.

In Dutch some gairaigo are stones and elements of the periodic table and some common objects and words that were brought to Japan by the Dutch influence. I hope you make good use of the words mentioned in this article.

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Dutch Quarter in Nagasaki

Proof that the Netherlands influenced Japan in some way is located in the city of Sasebo in Nagasaki. The place references one of the royal residences of the Dutch royal family in The Hague. See other foreign places in Japan.

It is a Dutch theme park called Huis Ten Bosch with full-size Dutch buildings full of theaters, museums, shops, amusement park, restaurants and a windmill. 

In the province of Nagasaki there are many references to Holland. The Netherlands was the only European country to maintain diplomatic relations under the isolation of the Edo period. Some of these influences can be seen in the vocabulary of this article.

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List of Dutch Words in Japanese

Below is a list of Japanese words with their meaning in Portuguese and their origin in Dutch:

JapanesePortugueseDutch
アスベストasbestosasbest
アパルトヘイトapartheidapartheid
アルカリalkalialkali
アルコールalcoholalcohol
インキinkinkt
エゲレスegeresEngelsch
エキスto extractextract
エーテルetherether
エレキ(エレキテル)electric (electel)elektriciteit
お転婆tomboyontembaar
オルゴールmusic Boxorgel
オレーフolefolijf
ガスgasgas
カバンbagkabas
ガラスglassglas
カランcallankraan
カリウムpotassiumkalium
カンtinkan
カンテラcanterakandelaar
カンフルcamphorkamfer
キナkinakina
キニーネquininekinine
ギプスplastergips
コックroosterkok
コップcupkop
コーヒーcoffeekoffie
ゴムrubbergom
コルクcorkkurk
コンパスcompasskompas
サーベルsabersabel
サフランsaffronsaffraan
シロップsyrupsiroop
ジャガタラjagataraJacatra
スコップSpoonschop
ズックzuckdoek
スポイトdropperspuit
ソーダsodasoda
ソップsopsop
タラップtalaptrap
ダンスdancedans
チンキchinkitinctuur
デッキcovered areadek
ドイツGermanyDuits (land)
ドックdockdok
どんたくdontakuzondag
ニッケルnickelnikkel
ビーカーcupbeker
ピストルgunpistool
ビールbeerbier
ヒステリーhysteriahysterie
ピンセットtweezerspincet
ピントfocusbrandpunt
フラフfluffvlag
ブールbooleanBoer
ブリキburikiblik
ペストPraguepest
ベルギーBelgiumBelgië
ペンpenpen
ペンキpaintingpek
ホックhookhaak
ホップjumphop
ポマードointmentpommade
ポルダpoldapolder
ホースhosehoos
ボール盤drilling machineboor bank
ポン酢ponzu saucepons
ポンドlbpond
ポンプbombpomp
マストmastmast
マドロスsailormatroos
マホメットMohammedMahomed
マラリアmalariamalaria
マントcovermantel
メスfemalemonth
モルモットmormottemarmot
モルヒネmorphinemorphine
八重洲yaesuJan Joosten
ヨードiodinejodium
ヨードチンキtincture of iodineJoodtinctuur
ヨーロッパEuropeEurope
ランドセルschool bagransel
ランセットlancetlancet
ライスターフェルleisterfellrijsttafel
ランプlight fixturelamp
リウマチrheumatoidrheumatisch
リュックサックschoolbagrugzak
ルーデサックrude bagroede-zak
レッテルlabelletter
レトルトretortretort
レンズlenslens
ロストルrostlerooster

Ponzu sauce - In the original sense, it refers to citrus fruit juice, which in turn came to mean mixed vinegar. It is also used as an abbreviation for “ponzu soy sauce”. The drink "ponchi" (punch) is also derived from the same word.