1. draught/draft Iconspeaker_3
[de tocht, <no plural>]

14898589323_4bb78091ef_z“Tocht” is the suction of the wind in a room when you for example open windows on opposite sides. The verb is ‘tochten’. A common expression is ‘op de tocht komen te staan’, see below.
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– “Mijn moeder kan niet tegen tocht, dan krijgt ze last van haar gewrichten weet je wel…” 
(“My mother can’t stand draught/draft, her joints start to bother her you know…”)

– “Er ligt overal stof in huis, ik word er gek van!” – “Tja, dat krijg je met die tocht!” 
(“There’s dust everywhere in the house, it’s driving me crazy!” – “What can I say, that’s what you get with all that draught/draft.”)

– “Tocht is wind in huis, maar wind in huis hoeft niet altijd tocht te zijn.” 
(“Draught/draft is wind in your home, but wind in your home does not necessarily have to be draught/draft.” Quote by “Frits van Egters”, main character in the famous Dutch book “De Avonden” by Gerard Reve.)

– “Op de tocht zitten”: to sit in a draught.
– “Op de tocht (komen te) staan”: to be put at risk, to be in the balance.

– “Door de bezuinigingen komen veel banen op de tocht te staan.”
(“Due to the cutbacks many jobs will be put at risk.”)

Related words:
– Tochten: to be draughty/drafty, to let the wind through (a room) [verb] [tochtte, getocht].

– “Het tocht hier!” – “Doe het raam dan dicht als je er last van hebt!”
(“There’s a draught here!” – “Well then, close the window if it bothers you!”)

– Tochtig: draughty/drafty [adjective]. You can also talk about a ‘tochtige koe’: a cow in heat.
– Tochtgat: blowhole, draughty/drafty spot [noun] [het tochtgat, de tochtgaten].
– Wind: wind [noun] [de wind].

2. journey, trip, outing Iconspeaker_3
[de tocht, de toch-ten]

15193688140_690798ea87_z“Tocht” can also be used for ‘journey’ or ‘trip’. Duration of the ‘tocht’ should be clear from context, a ‘tochtje’ is a short trip like an outing. A ‘dagtocht(je)’ is an outing for the day.
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– “Na een barre tocht door de bergen, kwamen de vluchtelingen aan in het kamp.” 
(“After a tough journey through the mountains, the refugees arrived in the camp.”)

– “Hoe was het museum?” – “Fantastisch! Echt een tocht door de eeuwen heen!” 
(“How was the museum?” – “Fantastic! Truly a journey through the centuries!”)

– “Een (dag)tochtje maken”: to go on an (day) outing. You can also use this expression (without the ‘dag’) to say that you are going for a ride, but it would be a longer ride than just around the block.

– “Wat hebben jullie zaterdag gedaan?”  – “We hebben een dagtochtje gemaakt naar de Zaanse Schans.”
(“What did you do on Saturday?”  – “We went on an outing for the day to the Zaanse Schans.”)

Related words:
– Uitje: outing [noun] [het uitje, de uitjes]. Here you can also say ‘een uitje maken’: to go on an outing.
Reizen: to travel [verb] [reisde, gereisd].
– Reisje: short trip [noun] [het reisje, de reisjes].

One thought on “Tocht

  1. For the joy of commenting on my post, a few related words came to my mind:
    – Intocht: entry/entrance. Usually ceremonial, somebody arriving in say a town. For example: “De intocht van Sinterklaas.”;
    – Optocht: procession, march.
    – In aantocht zijn: arriving soon, to be on the way. For example: “Ik vind het maar koud buiten!” – “Tja, wat wil je, de winter is in aantocht!”

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