Dutch voice-over production made simple
Matinée Multilingual is a Dutch voice over agency and recording studio based in Reading, just 35 miles from London. We offer a comprehensive Dutch Voiceover Recording Service and Subtitling Service in over 80 languages. And with over 25 years experience in the industry, you can trust us to deliver exactly what you need and at a price you can afford.
We offer a selection of the very best Dutch voice-over talent available, and you’ll find our voice costs, repeat fees, recording rates and subtitling costs to be much less than you will be charged by London agencies offering exactly the same service.
Whatever you need a Dutch voice-over recording for, we’ll supply exactly what you need. If you want help choosing just the right voice, then we’ll be delighted to assist. And we’ll make sure the chosen voice artist gives you the very best rate for the job, including negotiating down on repeat fees and broadcast rates.
We can record wild or sync to picture, and deliver the audio back in the file format of your choice, same day, via FTP. When required, we can also mix the new Dutch voice-over with the existing music and effects track, and deliver back as a mixed track video file.
To check the availability of our voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us using the Quick Quote form opposite, and we’ll respond within one hour. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on+44(0)118 958 4934.
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Dutch voice-over selection and quick quote in just 1 hour
1. browse the voice-over demos below and click PLAY to audition each casting sample
2. choose the voice(s) you like and click ADD to your Quick Quote, or DOWNLOAD a copy
3. complete the Quick Quote and we’ll check availability and costs, with a response in just 1 hour
A short history of the Dutch language
Dutch belongs to the West Germanic branch of the Indo-European family of languages. It is closely related to English and German, and shares a common ancestor with them – Proto-Germanic. The modern Germanic languages began to move away from Proto-Germanic from the Early Middle Ages onwards.
Modern Dutch is derived from Old Dutch, which was spoken (in various closely related dialects) from around the 6th to the 12th centuries throughout the present-day Dutch-speaking region (chiefly the Netherlands and Belgium). The language evolved, and by the 16th century there was a standard written version.
The establishment of the Dutch Empire, from the 17th century onwards, took the Dutch language global – from the East Indies to the West Indies. Most notably, following colonisation in South Africa, this resulted in the development of Afrikaans, which today is different enough from its parent to be considered a separate language. Read more
Which countries have Dutch as a national language?
Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands, and one of three official languages of Belgium (along with French and German). It is also the official language of Suriname, although the country gained independence from the Netherlands in 1975. The Dutch language has official status in the Caribbean island nations of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, all parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Dutch is an official language of the European Union, and the Union of South American Nations.
How many people speak Dutch as their first language?
Over 23 million people speak Dutch as their first language. Around 96% of the population of the Netherlands and 59% of Belgians speak Dutch as their native language. In Suriname over 60% of the population speak Dutch as their first language, and another 24% as their second. In Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten less than 8% of the population speak Dutch as their first language, even though it is the official language of the islands.
Did you know…
- The Dutch language has had no official status in Indonesia since it gained independence from the Netherlands in 1945. The Dutch didn’t try to establish the language within the colony, preferring it to be spoken only by the ruling elite. Today only a minority of Indonesians can speak Dutch fluently.
- Although English speakers usually refer to the language of the Netherlands as Dutch and the language of Belgium as Flemish, they are in fact widely agreed to be the same language, and its official name is Nederlands, or Netherlandic. The word neder means low, and refers to the region’s geographical position, downriver at the mouth of Rhine, on the lowest dip of the Northern European plain.
- Many Dutch words have been incorporated into the English language. These include booze, cruise, frolic, gherkin, gruff, landscape, snoop and yacht.
- In terms of the size of its vocabulary, Dutch is one of the richest languages in the world. The Woordenboek der Nederlandsche Taal (The Dictionary of the Dutch Language) is the largest dictionary in the world in print.
The Dutch economy
The Netherlands has an open economy, the fifth largest in the eurozone. Characteristics include stable industrial relations and relatively low levels of unemployment and inflation. The country is an important European transportation hub, and depends heavily on foreign trade. Industries are concentrated around food processing, chemical production, electrical machinery and petroleum refining. The Dutch invented the Stock Market, through the trading activities of the Dutch East India Company. The Netherlands is a founding member of the European Union and the World Trade Organisation.