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Learning Frisian...

I have recently started Frisian courses, and oh my gosh, I genuinely believe that I would have an easier time becoming a man than finding coherent Frisian learning material.

I've seen this brought up before by several people on numerous websites, and I've spent a collective 5+ hours of the last three or four days just trying to accumulate decent learning material. I'm going to put together the best list that I can of the blogs and websites that I've come across. Please feel free to share and add!

The .fr has me thinking that this is a French website, but it's in English when I open it in my browser. http://babelang.free.fr/community/lessons_read.php?lang=frisian

The courses that I am taking currently (which are free, but available temporarily unless I want to purchase them). https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/frisian/3/todo/15171

This is someone's personal learning blog. http://funwithfrisian.blogspot.com

This talks about Frisian, Dutch, and Afrikaans. http://taalportaal.org/taalportaal/topic/;jsessionid=F777FE4E3C2A765D150FD1EB3D480276

This famous learning book, unfortunately from 1913, so it may be a bit dated. https://openlibrary.org/books/OL24702170M/Phonology_and_grammar_of_modern_west_Frisian

A television and radio programme in Friesland. http://www.omropfryslan.nl

There is this that I came across, but I think that it is Frisian to Dutch, so... However, I think that the person that originally posted this link spoke Dutch. http://friesetaal.org

This website is more the history of Frisian (among others) than anything, but it does have some written Frysk in it. http://lowlands-l.net/frysk.php

All Frisians on Omniglot. Sadly, the pronunciation chart is only helpful if you are familiar with the IPA. /: http://www.omniglot.com/writing/frisian.htm

Freelang isn't very helpful, but it's an option. http://www.freelang.net/online/frisian.php

This website is supposed to be helpful, but it's pretty darn esoteric, unless I'm just a simpleton that can't navigate things. http://www.allezhop.de/frysk/frikure0.htm

I have found a very, very few translator and dictionary applications for my mobile phone, as well as a Dutch radio application that has two Friesland radio stations. The music is absolutely dreadful, but at least I can hear the language be spoken!

That's really all that I can think of at the moment. I know that Memrise and Quizlet have Frisian information, but that's really the extent of my knowledge. Even my Wikipedia searches are less than satisfying.

Also, there are only two or three people on all of InterPals.net that can speak Frisian, and neither of them ever replied to my messages. sigh

I really wanted to help keep this endangered language alive, but it kind of reminds me of pandas... You know, how they won't breed on their own. You have to convince them to do it.

October 19, 2017



So you are learning Frisian? Well then, I have collected what may as well be the greatest collection of Frisian learning material on the internet. There's no need for you to hunt down these rare critters ;). The list includes not only Westerlauwer Frisian, but also Saterland Frisian and North Frisian and I try to update it whenever I find new (good) resources to add, so it is pretty up to date. So, lets be done with all the bragging and get to the list:

PS: Frisian (or at least: Westerlauwers Frysk) is not an endangered language. In the Dutch province of Friesland. (or actually: Fryslân) it is the official language and is taught at schools. I swear, it is like foreigners always think Frisian is either dead or endangered while it is actually neither!

PPS: If you want to learn Frisian, I suggest also learning Dutch as there are quite some nice Frisian resources available for Dutch speakers (including dictionaries and courses (the kind with course books and audio cd's.)

PPPS: In case you are wondering about my ethnicity at this point; No, I am not Frisian.


I can relate when it comes to learning Ossetian, aside from the YouTube channel Ossetian for Everyone which I cannot usually access.


Thanks very much for posting these. Coincidentally enough, one of the YouTube channels I follow just did a post about a band working in Frisian and adapting stories from Frisian lore:


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