Need a fast translation? Texts can be translated from English to Dutch using a free online translator. Translations are available for words, phrases, and even chapters! Dutch is a West Germanic language spoken by around 25 million people as a first language and 5 million as a second language. It is the primary language of the Netherlands and nearly 60% of the population of Belgium. Its nearest cousin is the daughter language Afrikaans, which is mutually understandable.