Dutch is spoken in many areas of Europe and beyond. While Dutch is obviously the official language of the Netherlands, it is not restricted to its homeland. Belgium, Suriname, Curaçao, and areas in the Dutch Caribbean all speak some variation of the Dutch language.
In fact, of the 24 million native Dutch speakers, only 17 million of them actually are accounted for by the Netherlands. This means that 7 million Dutch speakers are spread across multiple other territories. Each of these locations has distinct dialects and vocabulary that has emerged as the language has evolved in each region. Finding a Dutch language voice actor can be difficult for those that do not understand the geographical impact on different Dutch dialects.
Dutch is a Germanic language that has spread significantly due to the proliferation of the Dutch empire. Unlike the English RP dialect, Dutch has no prestige form. Even inside of The Netherlands, Dutch is broken up into over 28 major dialects, with further denominations even within that. Although, in recent years the Hollandic accent has grown popular.
It is no surprise to see that Belgium has its own take on Dutch. The same goes for the various Caribbean strongholds of the Dutch language. These differing dialects are important distinctions where localisation is concerned.
The reach of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is long. The South American countries, Suriname, Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire, and Sint Maarten all speak Dutch as official languages as well. Despite gaining its independence from the Netherlands, Suriname maintains a significant 60% of the population who can fluently speak Dutch.
If you are aiming to access a Dutch-speaking country, you definitely want to get the dialect and accent right, to add to your message’s authenticity.
With our wide catalogue of Dutch language voice actors from across the world, you will be able to do just this. Our native speakers can legitimately identify the nuances of their home dialect and deftly fold that into their performance for you.
We have partnerships with studios and Dutch language voice actors in any Dutch-speaking territory. This means that you can record locally and authentically in the variation of Dutch that you are looking for. In addition, our massive array of accessibility services can do more for you. We can translate and transcribe your script into closed captions and subtitles to better reach your target audience.
Afrikaans is one of the most popular languages in South Africa. It is also a daughter language to Dutch. Our Dutch language voice actor options may also help you access this massively emerging market, as Afrikaans and Dutch are both mutually intelligible.