https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SergeyMosh9

Frisian for English speakers!!!!

What do you think of making a new course? Frisian is closely related to English and Dutch, it is member of Anglo-frisian language group. It is spoken by 480 thousands people across the Nederlands, Germany and Denmark. Most of them live in Dutch province of Friesland. It is language with deep history and amazing culture and traditions. With Frisian you can read the Frisian literature! Famous Frisian writers are: Fedde Schurer; Eeltsje Hiddes Halbertsma; Tsjalling Hiddes Halbertsma; Justus Hiddes Halbertsma; Watse Cuperus. So, Why don't you make a Frisian course?

August 10, 2019

23 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ellwooa1

It would be great to have the lesser known languages on Duolingo, perhaps Faroese as well

August 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ISpeakAlien

There supposedly was going to be a Faroese course, but that might have been a false rumor.

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alex-Trelanei

Yes please

Two of our friends are Frisians and we go there almost every month. Great province

August 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarkTerpstra1

It has been proposed many times in the past, and as much as I would love a course for it I don't think duo is interested in providing the support. But hey Latin got requested so many times and now we are getting it so there might be hope still!

Would love to learn the language as half of my family speaks it.

August 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

Mata Hari- a Frisian woman ahead of her time and vastly misunderstood

Frederik The Great- beautiful Frisian stallion

Other famous Frisians: Fonda acting family, Rutger Hauer, M.C. Escher.

The Fries language has little resemblance to Dutch. As far as pronunciation, people with surname Fries say it is pronounced "freeze" in the winter and "fries" in the summer...a little Songve factoid.

August 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wyqtor
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Famke Jannsen might also be Frisian.

August 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ISpeakAlien

The official request for Faroese is here: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/11490583

(according to the new course request guide)

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jzsuzsi

Faroese and Frisian are two different languages.

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ellwooa1

I would love to learn Faroese, I have visited the Islands many times, although for the next five years I will be living in South America, I will be returning to the UK and have many friends who live on the Faeroe Islands and speak Faroese. As far as Frisian is concerned as it is the closest to the English language, that is the reason for my desire to learn the language, I am interested in learning minority languages

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Flumen91

Okay, so I looked over the post, and found that he is doing exactly what it says to do. :D

I didn't realize it wasn't in the list. Sorry SergeyMosh9!

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ISpeakAlien

I would definitely like a Frisian course. I have heard that it is very similar to English, and that sounds interesting.

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Foblin

It'd be nice.

Any new language/course added here is a plus for all of us.

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KenScheffl

100% for this.

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/odi_et_amo

Futurelearn.com periodically offers a decent, 3-week intro class for West Frisian. I enjoyed it a lot and I'd love to learn more.

Someone got in touch with Glossika to help with a Frisian course, but that's on hold for a little while until their new course creation software is completed. Learning resources seem to be scarce unless you live in the Netherlands, so I expect I'll be waiting until it's on Glossika to make any more good progress.

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marc.libra

I'm Dutch and I also can't understand Frisian at all, even when Frisian tv is on I can't understand a single thing. But then again, when I speak my local dialect chances are they can't understand me either ;)

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarijnKp

May I ask you which dialect you speak?

I speak Gronings, and yes, I also can't understand most of what they say.

August 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IainBowie1

Can you understand any written Frisian?

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/davidvdb

I am Belgian so I have almost zero exposure to Frisian in my daily life, but I understand quite a lot. My guess is that I understand about 75% because of Dutch, another 10% because of similaties with West Flemish (my local dialect/language, also an Ingvaeonic language) and 5 because of similarities with the other Germanic languages languages. The other 10% are words I can't guess.

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IainBowie1

I agree. I like languages with a low number of speakers. There are a couple of online Frisian courses available. Can’t remember the details but if I found them they can’t be that difficult to find!

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SergeyMosh9

Yeah, it would be nice, because it's cool when you can speak language that other people don't know!

August 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LMoores

I've thought this would be fun from an English perspective - hope it happens!

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dr._Ka-Ching

I think it would be cool.

August 13, 2019
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