Hoe is it mei dy? Wanna learn Friesian?
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Bryan Crumpler  Identity Verified
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Oct 15, 2002

Here\'s a cool little website if you want to pick up on some Friesian (or Vries) which is the language of Friesland (Vriesland). It\'s one of the Dutch provinces in the northern part of the country, and the language is closely related to Dutch. It\'s an interesting tool... Teaching Language (English)



http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Atrium/6641/frikure1.htm


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Geneviève von Levetzow  Identity Verified
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In Germany too... Oct 15, 2002

There are three main varieties of Frisian: West Frisian (Frysk) which is spoken in the province of Fryslan/Friesland in the Netherlands, North Frisian (Friisk) which is spoken in Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) and East Frisian or Saterlandic (Seeltersk) which is spoken in Niedersachsen (Germany).



Regards



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Serge L
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Some more Frisian ressources Oct 15, 2002

You\'ll find them here: http://friesecultuur.pagina.nl/



The map on the site Brian talked about, shows that Frisian is also spoken on the West coast of Denmark. ( http://www.geocities.com/athens/atrium/6641/hoefrysk.htm )



Unfortunately, Seeltersk is nearly extinct, as it is only spoken by a thousand people round the city of Aurich. (



Serge L.


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Henk Peelen  Identity Verified
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I'm OK, not really Oct 16, 2002

some other sites who may be intersting for people who want to know more about \"Frysk\" (Western Frisian in Friesland/North Holland)



if you want to exercise daily, a useful method is to read the paper. The next one is partly in West Frisian:



www.leeuwardercourant.nl button \"Frysk\"





a second site that may be interesting, including a soundtrack of some minutes. Also Limburgs and Dutch Low-Saxon languages. It is unfortunately in Dutch.



In earlier times, when there was no real English language (only Celts in nowadays UK), Frisian was spoken in a costal belt from somewhere in France (Dieppe) to Denmark. At that time, Germanic tribes went to the mentioned costal belt, spoke there Frisian, and emigrated to the nowadays UK. There Frisian tongue established in fact the English language. Should you consider Frisian as an Dutch dialect, you can state that UK English is ... semi-Dutch. Right?



Unfortunaltely, the Dutchies liked emigrating, and established in 1623 New Amsterdam. This not suiting the British, who renamed that town New York, but made no effort to Anglify the Dutch, and so the Dutch language and manners had a relatively great influence on the American English language. You can safely state that UK English is one time affected by Dutch, and American English two times. That implies that US English is nothing else than ... Double Dutch!!!!

Yeah Bryanm now I understand why you urge me to translate poems ... that could have saved you from this kind of interesting amateur research.



Frisian is related to Dutch, but actually to all Germanic languages. The numerals are nearly the same as the Nordic (Danish/Norwegian/Swedish/Icelandic/Faroeric) numerals, a construction like \"meienoar\" (with each other, together) reminds one of German \"miteinander\" and the sound of a lot of words is nearly the same as their English counterparts:

wei = way

dei = day

tsjerke = church

tsjiis = cheese

aksje = action



and so on.

When you find in Friesland for instance three quite parallellely (no English, I suppose) running ways, you can be sure the middle way is called \"miedwei\" = \"midway\".



greetings from Friesland



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Henk Peelen  Identity Verified
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the second site Oct 16, 2002

sorry, I was talking about another interesting site, but neglected to mention the address. Here it is:



http://httpd.chello.nl/~w.vanwoerkom/fries.htm





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Henk Peelen  Identity Verified
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Frisian Oct 28, 2002

another site which might be interesting for you. Not specially about the Frisian language, but about emigrated Frisians and how they feel about things like Santa Claus and nine-eleven. Some articles or letters are bilingual and so might be a little educational.





http://www.frieschdagblad.nl/friezen.asp


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