Dutch for Beginners: Animals

The following words are used to talk about animals in Dutch:

Dier (*) Animal
Hond Dog
Kat Cat
Muis, muizen Mouse, mice
Rat Rat
   
Eend Duck
Zwaan Swan
   
Boerderij Farm
Kip Chicken
Haan Cock
Paard (*) Horse
Koe Cow
Kalf (*) Calf
Stier Bull
Geit Goat
Bok Male goat
Schaap (*) Sheep
Lam (*) Lamb
Ram Ram
   
Dierentuin Zoo
Olifant Elephant
Nijlpaard (*) Hippopotamus
Leeuw Lion
Tijger Tiger
Aap Monkey
Vis Fish
   
Insekt (*) Insect
Vlinder Butterfly
Rups Caterpillar
Mier Ant
Spin Spider
Vlieg Fly
Bij Bee
Wesp Wasp

NOTE: The definite article for singular nouns marked (*) is "het" (e.g., "het dier" = "the animal"); the definite article for all other singular nouns is "de" (e.g., "de hond" = "the dog").

The definite article for plural nouns is always "de".