Flemish voice-over production made simple
As an established Flemish voice-over agency, Matinée has been providing a professional Flemish Voice-Over Service and Flemish Subtitling Service for over 25 years. We offer a selection of the very best Flemish voice talent, at a price you can afford.
Whether you are looking for Flemish voice-over artists for documentary, advertising, eLearning, or telephone messaging, we’ll supply the best Flemish voice talent for the job. We’ll time-sync the selected Flemish voice-over to picture, and deliver the audio back in the file format of your choice. Or, we can lay back the Flemish audio onto your video and re-work the captions where necessary.
Check out our FAQs for more information and costs. To check the availability of our Flemish voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us today using the quick Quote form opposite. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44(0)118 958 4934.
Voice-over selection and quotation in just three easy steps
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 Flemish language
Flemish, sometimes referred to as Belgian Dutch, is the variant of Standard Dutch spoken in the northern part of Belgium known as Flanders. While some people contest that they are separate languages, they are generally classified as being the same. The difference between the two variants is sometimes compared to the difference between British and American English.
Modern Dutch is derived from Old Dutch, a West Germanic language spoken (in various dialects) from around the 6th to the 12th centuries throughout the Low Countries. In the early 16th century the Low Countries were governed by the Hapsburg Empire, but by the second half of the century the Netherlands had gained independence. This separation heightened the differences in Dutch dialects that already existed throughout the region.
Belgium became an independent country in 1830, having inherited a variety of languages used by its foreign occupants, including France and Austria. Dutch – or Flemish – continued to be the dominant language in Flanders, and today there are still many variants including East Flemish, West Flemish, Brabantian and Limburgish. Read more
Which countries have Flemish as a national language?
There is no official Flemish language – only Dutch. Dutch is one of Belgium’s three official languages, along with French and German.
How many people speak Flemish as their first language?
Approximately 59% of Belgians – over six million people – speak Dutch as their first language. There is a significant Dutch-speaking community in northern France, where it is recognised as a minority language.
Did you know…
- One of the most convincing arguments for Flemish being a separate language to Dutch is that Flemish TV programmes are often subtitled for broadcast in the Netherlands, and large budget foreign language films are often released in both Dutch and Flemish.
- There is a strong Flemish legacy in northern France, not just in terms of language and borrowed words – for example this is the only part of the country where beer is the preferred everyday drink rather than wine.
The Belgian economy
Belgium’s location, in the centre of one of the world’s most highly industrialised regions, is important to its open, private-enterprise-based economy.
It was the first country in continental Europe to undergo an industrial revolution (in the 1800s), and has a highly developed transport infrastructure of ports, canals, railways and roads. Belgium depends heavily on world trade, with exports accounting for around two thirds of GNP. The service sector accounts for around 75% of GDP.
Belgium is a member of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and also of Benelux (along with the Netherlands and Luxembourg). It was one of the founding members of the European Community.