big – small   »  
groot – klein

68 [sixty-eight]

big – small

big – small

68 [achtenzestig]


groot – klein

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big and small gr--- e- k---n groot en klein 0 +
The elephant is big. De o------ i- g----. De olifant is groot. 0 +
The mouse is small. De m--- i- k----. De muis is klein. 0 +
dark and bright do---- e- l---t donker en licht 0 +
The night is dark. De n---- i- d-----. De nacht is donker. 0 +
The day is bright. De d-- i- l----. De dag is licht. 0 +
old and young ou- e- j--g oud en jong 0 +
Our grandfather is very old. On-- g--------- i- h--- o--. Onze grootvader is heel oud. 0 +
70 years ago he was still young. 70 j--- g------ w-- h-- n-- j---. 70 jaar geleden was hij nog jong. 0 +
beautiful and ugly mo-- e- l----k mooi en lelijk 0 +
The butterfly is beautiful. De v------ i- m---. De vlinder is mooi. 0 +
The spider is ugly. De s--- i- l-----. De spin is lelijk. 0 +
fat and thin di- e- d-n dik en dun 0 +
A woman who weighs a hundred kilos is fat. Ee- v---- v-- 100 k--- i- d--. Een vrouw van 100 kilo is dik. 0 +
A man who weighs fifty kilos is thin. Ee- m-- v-- 50 k--- i- d--. Een man van 50 kilo is dun. 0 +
expensive and cheap du-- e- g------p duur en goedkoop 0 +
The car is expensive. De a--- i- d---. De auto is duur. 0 +
The newspaper is cheap. De k---- i- g-------. De krant is goedkoop. 0 +


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