't Eyspel-(game) Part of the Sydney 2000 Olympics  monument at Darling Harbour.  (The symbols spell out S-:y-d-n-e-y.)

't Eytal-(number) During WWI 1/8th of all Australian men were killed or wounded.

't Eyplebs-(common folk, rabble), Sports fans.

't Eypeil-(marker or measurement)  Lake Albert

't Eyweer-(weather) Adelaide storm.

't Eyrek-(shelf), Old Australian bars were designed for efficient bar tending and no-frills drinking.

't Eyschrift-(writing), Australian emergency vehicles use 'mirror writing'.

't Eyvee-(livestock) The sign is in the town of "Durham Ox", named after a cow that weighed more than 1000 pounds.

't Eyroet-(soot) or a charcoal/ochre combination could be blown by mouth to create a stencil.

't Eyteam-(team). Australian Aboriginal Team Rugby match vs. the Maori Hakahaka team of New Zealand

't Eyoog- Crocodile (eye)

't Eyvlot-(raft)

't Eyspek-(bacon) Australia has more pigs than people! Unfortunately all the wild pigs have diseases that make them unedible.

Australia went largely unexplored by Europeans until the '1776' American War of Independence.   After the war, the U.S. refused to accept any more convicts from Britain, and this jump-started the colonization of Australia!

't Eyzaad-(seed) of a coconut.

't Eyzweet-(sweat) "From a land where women glow..."-'Men at Work' lyrics.

't Eywier-(seaweed).  Harvesting Japanese Kelp and other types of seaweed is a rapidly expanding industry. (The picture is of jellied kelp)


't Eyschroot-(scrap metal) Australia is a leading target of Space Junk. (This picture is actually from South Africa.)

't Eysop-(broth) or soap(suds). Soup line during the Great Depression- 1934. 

't Eypad-(path), Ring around Australia Highway

't Eyrecht-(right or justice), Governor Davey's proclamation of equality before the Law


't Eyscheid-(separation), Soccer field with two halves/sides. (There are actually 5 types of 'Football' in Australia- 1.Soccer, 2. & 3. two types of Rugby, 4.Australian rules football and 5.American rules football!

't Eyslot-(lock), Lock on the ultimate convict cell in Australia, built specifically for Joe Moondyne (who could break out of anywhere). He broke out of this prison too.

't Eyrijs-(rice), Australia's rice region is in the dry interior, yet Australia achieves one of highest yields per acre in the world!- here with the help of a robot.

         There are surprisingly few exceptions to the prefix/suffix rules.  With the exception of -en endings, almost all other prefixes and suffixes are more than 90% gender-consistent.   The exceptions are addressed at the bottom of the German A-Z web page. 

't Eyvat-(cask, barrel) Water wagons used to be essential in Australia.

't Eywoud-(woods)- A photo taken of 'Chateau Woods' after the legendary Passchendaele (Flemish Passendale) battle of WWI.  The Passchendaele Forest Park in Australia was created in honor of the battle.

't Eywiel-(wheel) Queens Park in Sydney


​           The second, andmost powerful, trick is for students to learn each monosyllable word containing a long 'aa' vowel together with a counterpart word containing a short 'a' vowel.  Because Dutch tends to minimize homonyms (words that sound alike but mean different things) there is usually a short 'a' alternative for each long 'aa' word.  An example is 'gaas'-(gauze) vs. 'gas'- (gas).  Note: Even if a twin 'short-a' word is obscure, it is still worth learning it in order to reinforce its long 'aa' counterpart, such as: baan-(road) vs. ban-(excommunication).

't Eyvers-(verse) See previous page bottom.

't Eypart-(part), After New South Wales was named, New Holland was reduced in size to just the Western half of Australia.

New Zealand, originally New Zeeland, was named after Zeeland, which made up the southern half of the Netherlands.



't Eyvocht-(moisture)  Prospectors had to dig for water before digging for gold.

't Eypaard-(horse). 'Camel Cup' in Alice Springs. (Camels are a close relative of the horse.)

't Eyras-(race), Kai Kai Aboriginal


't Eyraam-(frame), Goal at Rugby match.


't Eyvlees-(meat) Outback Steakhouse was actually started in Florida!

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​            The final trick is based on the fact that almost all the the tips used to learn long 'aa' vs. short 'a' vowels can be applied to long 'oo' vs. short 'o' vowels!  Using the tips with 'oo' vs. 'o' words helps reinforce their use with 'aa' vs. 'a' words.

             Fortunately for English speakers, long 'oo' vs. short 'o' words generally aren't quite as difficult as 'aa/a' words to learn. Although English speakers have trouble hearing the difference between 'oo' and 'o', the  'oo' spelling is more eye-catching, less foreign, and more memorable than 'aa'.  

              As is the case with 'a's, 'o-'s before final '-cht', '-rt', and '-st' are almost always short, whereas 'oo-'s before final '-rd' are  are almost always long.  Two of the rare short '-ord' words, 'Record and Bord (board)', can be used in the same way as 'hard miljard'! above.  For example,  a 'record bord' thing- is something exceptional.​

             There is more regularity with 'oo' verbs than there is with 'aa' verbs regarding the spelling of past-tense verbs, and in the spelling of 'o-' at the beginning of monosyllable nouns.  If a present tense verb contains an 'ie', 'ee', or 'ui', and shifts to an 'o' sound in the past tense,  both the singular- and plural-past tenses will contain a long 'oo'.  If a monosyllable noun begins with an 'o-', the vowel will be a long 'oo-'.

              Similarly, to 'aa' vowels, 'oo' vowels were also affected by the Great Vowel Shift.  The most frequent change was to an 'ee' sound, as in 'stroom' to 'stream', or 'vloot' to 'fleet'.  Although the shift wasn't as common as the 'aa' to 'ay' shift, it still serves as a useful mnemonic.  If a pair of 'oo' and 'ee' cognates exists today, the odds are better than 90% that the original, and current, Dutch sound was/is a long 'oo'.

          The third trick is to learn the pronounciation of the plural forms of 'aa' nouns together with the singular forms.  The pronuncation of 'aa' vs. 'a' in the plural froms is easier for English speakers to hear.  If, in the plural form, the 'a' syllable ends in an 'ah' sound, the singular form has a double 'aa'.  For example: 'graad'-(degree) and 'graden', where 'graden' is pronounced 'gra-den', as opposed to 'grad-en'.

             In the case of 'aa' nouns ending in '-s', this is particularly easy because in the plural form', the 's'es shift to 'z'es.  For example, 'haas' vs. 'hazen'-(rabbits)- pronounced 'ha-zen'.


't Eywrak-(wreck) Due to extremely hazardous currents, some of the 300 year old Zuytdorp ship's treasure remains untouched!

't Eyzicht-(view) Sydney Tower

't Eyroer-(rudder), The rudder of the plane of the 'Red Baron' after he was shot down behind Australian lines in WW1. (Before the guard was posted, the canvas from the rudder had already been removed as a souvenir.)


't Eyzeer-(pain) Jellyfish warning.

't Eywicht-(little rascal/child or weight) Tasmanian Devil- now extinct in Australia

't Eyrad-(wheel), The Tour Down Under is Australia's big cycling event.  The rider is the great Robbie McEwen, who also learned to speak excellent Dutch!


         In any case, the majority of European discoverers were Dutch.  They include Willem Janzoon-1606, Dirk Hartog-1616, Francois Thijssen-1627, Able Tasman-1642, and Willem de Vlamingh-1696. 

     After the Dutch period of discovery, no further expeditions were made to Australia (or New Zeeland) until James Cook's expedition in 1768, because all the explorers had concluded the entire continent was quite inhospitable

        The name "New Holland" was used from 1606 until 1824, when the English Government decided on the name "Australia".  However "New Holland" persisted in common use, and on maps, until around 1850.  James Cook changed the "e" of 'New Zeeland' to "a" in 1768.

        And NOT to forget, the Aboriginal Australians really discovered Australia about 50,000 years ago.

't Eyvet-(grease) Olivia Newton John is Australia's all-time female megastar. (Except she is from England.)


The '.t CalidociousEy-Lied (song)

(Ey-vers (es) based on lyrics by the

Sherman Brothers)

He traveled all around de wereld
And everywhere he went
He'd use 't Ey-words and all would say
There goes a clever gent.

When Dukes and Trading Magnates
Pass the time of day with me
I say me special 't Ey-words
And then they ask me out to tea.



't Eywoord-(word)

't Eyvolk-(people, inhabitants) Aboriginal rights march. The flag represents: Black Skin, Yellow Sun, and Red Earth.

't Eyspoor-(railway or track) The Great Southern Rail line runs 1500 miles from Adelaide to Perth.

't Eystel-(set) The Twelve Apostles (Actually only eight of them now due to erosion.)


't Eyoord-(place). Kata Tjuta mountain, along with Ayers Rock, or Uluru, were the two main Aboriginal sacred sites.

't Eypuin-(rubbish). A heap of tailings from a gold mine circa 1900.




't Eystof-(dust) Sydney sandstorm.  'Stof' is one of the big anomalies to the 'Zoot' rules.  De stof means 'stuff', 'material', 'product', or 'element', such as Hydrogen.


          Even though there are more than a hundred other mono-syllable neuter words that aren't included in the 't Ey-Pictionary, they are seldom used.  Most of the new mono-syllable loan words from English also aren't included, but are explained on the A-Z page.

't Eyvel-(hide or skin) Aboriginal  initiation scaars

't Eyons-(fluid ounce)-There are 20, instead of 16, ounces in an Imperial Pint

't Eyrijk-(kingdom), The "kingdom" of the Australian King Parrot (with a royal red coat) stretches along the East coast from Queensland to Victoria. .  

't Eyspuug-(spit) Spittlebug


             The fourth trick is to take long 'aa' verbs "out of the equation"- in other words, to simply eliminate those words.  The trick to do this is to temporarily use the Old Dutch 'ae' spelling for past participles of 'aa' verbs, and the Old English 'æ' spelling for simple past tense 'aa' verbs. (Past participles are co-verb words that are used with 'hebben', 'zijn', or 'worden'.  An example in English is 'I had spoken'.)   The 'ae/æ' spellings are more conspicuous, and therefore more memorable, for English speakers than the 'aa' spellings.

              Examples are: 'Zij heeft geslaegd' (She succeeded). and 'Zij hælde haar rijbewius' (She got (past tense) her driver's license),

              Note: The 'ae/æ' spellings aren't recommended for verb-based adjectives, adverbs, or nouns.

't Eypunt-(point), Center-point of Australia near Alice Springs.

​           Actually, there isn't much fine print.  Although most people can't really learn all 200 words in one day, most can come close.  A 'hack' to learning them is to test yourself by just looking at the pictures, and then trying to recall the words.

't Eyvlies-(membrane) Jellyfish

't Eytouw-(rope) Boy Scouts Logo (classic version of logo)

't Eygoud-(gold) Medal of the 'Order of Australia'  Australia's highest honor.

't Eyzuur-(acid)  Jellyfish sting first aid station.

't Eyuur-(hour) Australia is one of the first places to celebrate New Years Eve because the East coast of Australia is only couple hours from the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean.

't Eystuk-(piece) Four thousand years ago the Henbury comet, which was rich in iron, landed in Australia. For the Aborigines, it was as if iron tools fell out of heaven.

              The sixth trick is based on the fact that almost all nouns (and most other words), ending in 'a' followed by '-cht',  '-rt', or '-ast', have short 'a's.  And the seventh trick is based on an opposite trend- nouns (and most other words) ending in an 'a' followed by '-rd' are almost always long.

              To learn the pronunciations of nouns with these endings, students can just learn the exceptional words, and then assume all other nouns follow the long-short rules.   '-cht' has no common exceptions.  A mnemonic to learn the '-ast' exceptions is: 'Haast naast Aalst'-(Almost next to the (carnival capital) city of Aalst.).  A mnemonic to learn the '-art' exceptions is: 'Staart in Maart'-(Begin in March) and use a'vaart-kaart' (navigation map) to find a 'staart-taart' (woven-dough pastery) in Maart (March).

              The two exceptional, and short, '-ard' words are 'hard & miljard'.  'Hard miljard!' can be considered to be a sort of epithet like "By Jove!"-refering to something exceptional.  An example is: "Hard miljard', de oudste paard heeft gewonnen."-(By Jove, the oldest horse won.)


             The eighth trick is based on the fact that present-tense verbs which contain 'ee', 'ie', 'e', 'i', or 'o', such as 'breek' (break),  and which switch to an  'a' sound in the past tense, become short vowels in the singular simple-past tense, such as 'Ik brak', but become long vowels in the plural simple-past tense, such as 'Wij braken'.




't Eyschaap-(sheep), Although New Zealand is more famous than Australia for raising sheep, there are more than twice as many sheep in Australia!  A sheep shearing shed in Queensland.


't Eypas-(leveling instrument), It can also be borrowed for use in Kompas-(compass), which is actually neuter due to the '-as' ending.  Compass Airlines was the (failed) pioneer in trying to deregulate Austrailia's Airline business.

't Eywaas-(haze) Bushfire smoke, and corresponding haze, often extends for thousands of square kilometers.

't Eyprul-(Rubbish) 'Pat's Uninteresting Tours' in Sydney featured stops at a Rubbish Dump (with wine tasting), a jail, etc..


å't Eyroest-(rust), Aboriginal painting colors were often derived from oxidized(rusted) ochre rocks.  Many paintings are amazingly similar to the Wadi Sura rock paintings of the Sahara Desert in Africa!

't Eysmeer-(oil, grease)


't Eysnot- (snot)  Naracoorte Caverns stalactites.

't Eyrond-(circle or hemisphere). A map of the Southern Hemisphere circa 1650. The incomplete outline of Australia is at the top.

't Eyslib-(ooze), 't Eyslijk-(mud/mire), and 't Eyslijm-(slijm). Advertisement for Nickelodeon's yearly musical festival which includes musicians and participants getting covered in slime.




't Eyplan-(plan), Burnum Burnum declaration of Aboriginal intent to recolonize Australia.

't Eyrif-(reef), The Great Barrier Reef was the home of  Clown Fish Nemo in the classic Pixar film 'Finding Nemo'.

't Eytij-(tide) Canal Rocks near Perth. The vistas change from minute to minute due to the changing tides. Photo from West Aust. Parks & Wildlife webpage.

't Eyscherm-(screen), Although 'Drive In' theaters are almost extinct in the U.S., there are still more than 300 in Australia!-Bass Hill Theater

't Eywerk-(work) Convict laborers

The Fine Print...

't Eysap-(sap), Bloodwood Eucalyptus tree

Footnote:  The 'Dukes' refers to the 'Dukes of Burgundy' of medieval Flanders.  The 'Trading Magnates' refers to the Directors of the Dutch East and West Indies Companies.

't Eystuur-(wheel) Steering wheels in Australia are on the opposite side of the car than those in the U.S..

't Eyschot-(shot)  'Mad Max'  The very successful, post-Apocalyptic, battle film gave rise to the 'New Wave' of Australian cinema and features the breakout role of Mel Gibson.  National Film and Sound Archive photo.

't Eyspit-(pointed thing) The northern tip of Queensland.

't Eyischild-(shield), To protect against spears and boomerangs, shields were essential for Aboriginal warriors.

't Eyzand-(sand), A bit of the billions of tons of red sand in Australia.

't Eyvak-(pouch, compartment, or specialty) The Wallaby, like the Kangaroo, rears it's young in a pouch.

't Eypak-(pack), A hobo's (itenerant worker's) pack was called his "swag" or "Mathilda". He walked, or "waltzed" along.

't Eypark-(park). Archibald Fountain is the focal point of the large park complex in Downtown Sydney.

't Ey-tuig-(tools, harness, or implement-noun-suffix). Airplane (Flying-tuig) Monument to the Flying Doctors of Australia.

             The remaining three vowels are quite easy to learn.  Double 'i' doesn't exist, double 'ee' is phonetically distinct for English speakers, and double 'u' follows an easy rule: 'u's followed by 'r's are long, whereas 'u's followed by all other consonants are short- (with the minor exceptions) of 1. the words 'purper'-(purple) and 'purge', 2. multi-syllable words with an emphasis on the last syllable, such as 'kostuum'-(suit), and 3. the exceptional word 'spuug'-(spit), which can alternately be spelled 'spuwg' as a mnemonic.

              For a word-list of monosyllable 'aa' and 'oo' nouns, including mnemonic spelling tips, please visit the 'Zootology' web page.

't Eyveen-(bog) Bog snorkelling is a competitive event in Australia.


't Eyros-(steed), Charge of the Light Horse Brigade in WWI in Palestine. The statue is in Beersheva in Israel.

't Eyzeil-(sail) Sydney-Hobart Race

't Eyweb-(web) Web of an

'Orb-weaver' spider

't Eyslop-(dead end or cul de sac) The end of the 'West End' path on Rottnest Island, just west of Perth.  Rottenest (Rat's Nest in Dutch) Island is also where Willem de Vlamingh (Bill from Flanders) first landed when he "rediscovered" Western Australia in 1696- photo from R.I.A.

't Eysein-(sign), Drawings at Uluru (Ayer's Rock)

't Eyvod-(rag) From the musical version of "Priscella, Queen of the Desert"

't Eyveer-(ferry)  The Superfast mega-ferries that connect Melbourne, (and previously Sydney) to Tasmania travel at over 50KPH or 35MPH!


't Ey-perk-(boundaried area, a noun-suffix), A Jellyfish- free swimming area.  A sting from a 'Box Jellyfish' can be fatal in less than three minutes.

't Eywee-(pain, especially emotional pain) Possibly the most "Australian" person ever, Steve Irwin died after being impaled by a the barb of a Sting Ray he was filming.  The loss of Steve still hurts.

't Eyvest-(vest)

't Eyvoer-(feed)


't Eyspook-(ghost)

't Eyplein-(plain), Note: a 'plein' is usually an open space in a city.

't Eyspul-(stuff, group of things such as tools) Aboriginal hunting tools.


't Eyschuim-(foam) Beer laces.

't Eyriet-(reed or straw), Didgeridoo

't Eypand-(pawn or mortage)  During the Great Depression in the 1930s many people lost their homes.  This family had just been evicted.

​​​​            The fifth trick makes use of the fact that there are quite a few 'aa' monosyllable cognate (originally-similar) nouns in English and Dutch that were pronounced almost identically until about 500 years ago, (roughly the time Columbus discovered America).  Then the 'Great Vowel Shift' , or 'GVS', of English occurred, and many long 'aah' nouns shifted to being pronounced 'ay' instead.  An example was the shift of the pronunciation of Middle English 'aas' ('ace' in cards) to the Modern English 'ace'.

           Although the English pronunciation of the nouns shifted, the old-fashioned 'ae' spellings of the nouns were often semi-retained.   The 'ae' spellings, (alternately 'æ' in Middle English), usually morphed into non-phonetic'a+consonant+final-e's' in Modern English.  This is why Modern English words like 'blame' -from 'blæm (Old English)', 'blaem' (Old Dutch), and 'blaam' (Modern Dutch) are spelled how they are.  (Shakespeare was among the pioneering writers who exclusively used the new spellings, which had evolved during the century following the phonetic shift.)

            English speaking students can make use of the 'Great Vowel Shift', ('GVS'), phenomenon to learn Dutch/English  'aa/ay' cognate nouns by comparing the two cognates.  If the English cognate has an 'ay' sound, then the Dutch congnate will have a long 'aa' sound more than 90% of the time.   Examples include 'aap-ape', 'graad-grade', haar-hair', etc..

            Note 1: the 'ae' spelling is still used today in the 'Vlaemsch' dialect of Dutch spoken in the northwest part of France near Dunkirk, and in the 'Zeelandic' dialect spoken in the southwest part of Holland/ northwest part of Flanders.  

            Note 2: Middle English long 'ae' vowels occasionally shifted in other ways phonetically, but those sound shifts aren't nearly as common as the 'aah-to-'ay'  shift, so they don't make useful, easy, mnemonics.

            Note 3: The shift of "tomaeto" to the U.S. "tomato" (tomaat in Dutch) actually occurred after the GVS because 'tomaetoes' came to Europe after South America was discovered by Europeans. 'Tomatoes' are still pronounced as 'tomaatoes' in England, but usually as 'tomaytoes' in the U.S.


't Eyrund-(cow or ox) A statue of the Water Buffalo in Crocodile Dundee.

          Congratulations on completing your tour of 't EyOz'-('Oz' is neuter because it is a country).  As a reward, here are some bonus tips on how to more easily learn the other difficult thing about Dutch for English speakers- long 'aa' vs. short 'a' vowels.  Unfortunately, even though all Dutch words with long 'aa' and short 'a's are spelled phonetically, very few native English speakers can hear the difference, and hence can't remember the spellings of infrequently used words.        

't Ey-voud-(multitude or multiple, noun-suffix) Monument to the Ancestors at the National Gallery- (ie. a -voudwoud (forest of the multitudes- neuter gender) (N. G. photo)

't Eysplit-(slit) Devils Marbles.

't Eyvlak-(flat area or surface) View of Central Australia plain from the top of Mt. Uluru (Ayer's Rock).

't Eyschip-(ship) The Duyfken (little dove) under Captain willem Janzoon was the first European ship to reach Australia in 1606. (The Flemish flag is at the prow.)

​​​​Australia (and Dutch Genders) from A-Z


't Ey-werp-(something thrown or created, noun-sufffix)

't Eyveld-(field) The playing field of the quintessential Australian, and English, game Cricket is round! (Fun Fact: Cricket evolved from the game "Kriecket" in Flanders.)

't Eypaar-(pair). Kangaroo and Emu from the Coat of Arms.  'Paar' is a bit odd because it behaves like a common noun when used as an adjective, ie. 'de paar paarden'

"A World Apart-the Land of Eytherness"

't Eyzout-(salt) Dry Creek Salt Works

't Eyoor-(ear)  By law, several types of livestock in Australia have to wear ear tags.

't Eyzoek-(search).   Australia is a quintessential place to go in search of something.  The picture is of the 50,000th Dutch immigrant to Australia in 1954.

't Eystrand-(beach) Gold Coast

            Fortunately, there are several simple tricks that can help English speakers differentiate between the two spellings.  The first trick is based on the fact that short 'a' is more common than long 'aa' .  Students should concentrate on learning long 'aa' words at the expense of short 'a' words.  After a while a student can assume any common 'a/aa-word' he or she isn't sure about contains a short 'a'.

          Finally, it turns out the Dutch may not have been the first Europeans to discover Australia.  Portuguese explorers may have discovered the continent around 1550, but knowledge of their discoveries was possibly lost in the great fire of Lisabon in 1755.



't Eyzog-(wake) Collins Class Submarine of the Australian Navy


't Eywild-(wildlife) Roadside warning sign.