Are you learning Dutch? We salute you! Dutch is a great language, with many fantastic words. How about the word held, meaning hero? It’s a beautiful word because it’s connected to many wonderful people and heartwarming stories. In this short video Yolande Hisgen (Direct Dutch Institute) talks about heroes, helden and epos. Not only is this fairly entertaining, it also gives more meaning to the word, so your brain will make a lot of connections. Yes, you got it, we are creating (long-term) memories today. You are welcome, hippocampus!
This video is also very suitable for children!
Word of the Week: ‘held’
‘Held’ is the Dutch word for Hero.
‘Held’ was first used in 1250. In 1250 ‘held’ used to mean brave warrior or ‘dappere strijder’.
Every country has its own epic stories. An ‘EPOS’ (which means epic) is an exciting story about the adventures of a heroic figure. An ‘EPOS’ provides us with a glimpse into the history, the traditions, and the identity of a people or a nation at that moment in time.
Greece has Odyssey, England has Beowulf… The Netherlands has…….Hmmm… which ‘EPOS’ with ‘helden’ does the Netherlands have? Sadly none, we do not have our own heroic story.
But… we are lucky to have a lot of Dutch ‘helden’. Have you ever heard of Anne Frank? or perhaps Willem van Oranje? Well they and many more like them, they are Dutch ‘helden’.
If you would like to know more about the origin of the word ‘held’, please check out these articles from our Word of the Day archives: