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English translation: cosy, pleasant, nice

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18:57 Aug 5, 2000
Dutch to English translations [PRO]
Dutch term or phrase: gezellig
I've used this word whilst speaking to an American friend of mine, to express a certain kind of atmosphere, if you will. However, I found giving a proper and fitting definition of it extremely difficult, if the definition were to be less than several pages long, if you get me. I do English teaching, but find this quite a tough nut to crack.

Yours inquisitively,
Maurice Voogd,
the Netherlands
Maurice Voogd
English translation:cosy, pleasant, nice
Explanation:
I think these would be better explanations, but agree there is no specific word that translates the exact meaning of the word. Obviously the most appropriate word would depend on the context.
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Havona
Netherlands
Local time: 03:17
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Yes, I think these words get closest to the charge 'gezellig' carries with it - and I believe that 'nice' would do best, as a translation, especially because 'nice' is comparably versatile a word as 'gezellig'.

Ta very much, Iris!
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Summary of answers provided
naDepends on the context. The dutch word is used for many things. English is more specific.johnstubbs
nacosy, pleasant, niceHavona
nagreatgeo1mar2


  

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29 mins
great


Explanation:
Als je gezellig als stopwoord gebruikte, dan gebruiken de amerikanen veelal "great". Tieners houden liever van "cool" of "groovy". Deze uitdrukkingen veranderen met elke generatie. Allen drukken ze een sfeer uit van tevredenheid. Zo volgende maal zeg je maar tegen je Amerikaan "Cool Man"

geo1mar2
Local time: 21:17
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in FrenchFrench, Native in DutchDutch
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6 hrs
cosy, pleasant, nice


Explanation:
I think these would be better explanations, but agree there is no specific word that translates the exact meaning of the word. Obviously the most appropriate word would depend on the context.

Havona
Netherlands
Local time: 03:17
PRO pts in pair: 56
Grading comment
Yes, I think these words get closest to the charge 'gezellig' carries with it - and I believe that 'nice' would do best, as a translation, especially because 'nice' is comparably versatile a word as 'gezellig'.

Ta very much, Iris!
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1 day7 hrs
Depends on the context. The dutch word is used for many things. English is more specific.


Explanation:
Previous explanations are all true, except 'cosy' (=bodily comfort)
However if you know the context you can find a specific english word.
Examples: 1) congenial (a warm atmosphere with friends)
2) Fun (enjoying oneself doing something, maybe with friends)
3) enjoyable (self explanatory)
4) a good time/a great time



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