The Dutch two-tone sigh

Due to popular demand, The Dutchie and I recorded a (very bad) sound bite of an English person sighing vs a Dutch person.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, the Dutch two-tone sigh!


Hayley x


  1. Aaaaah now I get it! I wouldn’t call it ‘zuchten’ btw, but I’m glad you were so kind to explain it 🙂


      1. Oh my, I cannot think of a single word that describes the ‘he-he…’ 🙂 I usually do it when something is finished. Like doing stupid cleaning tasks and then it’s done and you can finally take a break. Like a ‘relief-sigh’ or something like that, haha! Quite difficult to describe and I had really NO idea that it was typical Dutch, how funny! 🙂
        x Ruby

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  2. As soon as I read your last post I chuckled, knowing exactly what you meant. Despite having left The Netherland almost 20 years ago, I still regularly two-tone sigh. Plus, when faced with something particularly tiresome, I can be heard to ‘Bah-bah’. 🙂

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  3. Love the video! I subconsciously use the ‘heh heh’ sigh of relief when I’m in Dutch surroundings, but an English sigh or ‘phew’ with a whoosh of air in our English-speaking home, unless there’s a Dutchie there. A sign of integration? It’s one of those automatic things that Dutch people do without even realising it. I wonder if other countries have yet another way of sighing.

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  4. I literally laughed out loud at this! My Dutch bf (I’m Australian) always sighs like that and I think it’s really funny. Just found your blog and really enjoying it so far 🙂

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  5. I’m only half Dutch, but this is a real thing. I do it. We do it when things are done, when we’re content, when we’re just sitting at the end of a long day, when we’re finishing a conversation. It’s pretty good for most situations. I’ve only heard Dutchies doing it though, and I’m only a bit more aware of it myself. It’s always two, deep sighs.

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