Probêert e kje West-Vlams!
West Flemish is a dialect/language (depends what you call a language, if you call Frisian one, this one is a real one too :p) closely related to Dutch, and influenced by French (ex. freings from the French les freins, breaks in English and remmen in Dutch) and German (ex. talôre, from the German Teller, plate in English, and bord in Dutch). According to Wikipedia, it has 1.4 million speakers, almost as many as Irish :)
First some West Flemish culture!
1. Brugge [bɾəə]
Brugge (EN: Bruges), the capital of West-Flanders, is a beautiful medieval city in the northern part of the province. It really deserves its title as the Venice of the North!
2. Ieper [ɪpəɾ]
Ieper (EN: Ypres) is the city of cats and of WW1 (I had to mention it. No offence to anyone :p). This city was also very important in the middle ages, as it was famous for the linen trade with England.
Kortrijk (EN: Courtrai), known for the Battle of Courtrai or the Battle of the Golden Spurs which took place on 11 July 1302 (The first, and only, battle Flanders ever won from France ^^, and we are proud of it :/), is the second largest city of the province. A great place to be if you love to shop :)
Now the language itself :)
It is, just as Dutch, a Germanic language, so you will find many cognates with English. E petatte, for example, is in English a potato, but in Dutch een aardappel. Also there are many unique words as gèrnoars (EN: shrimps, NL: garnalen), and unique (maybe weird) grammar rules as conjugating yes and no :)
- Joak - Nink (Yes/no, I)
- Joag - Nèg (Yes/no, you)
- Joaj / Joas / Joat - Nej /nès/nint (Yes/no, he/she/it)
- Joam - Nim (Yes/no, we)
- Joag - Nèg (Yes/no, you)
- Joans - Nins (Yes/no, they)
Thanks for sharing this. Brugge is indeed a very beautiful town. Always a pleasure to visit. I particularly like "Stoofvlees" - not sure where it fits in on the Flemish/Dutch dialect spectrum but it's certainly very tasty.
A beautiful town... with an amazing football team (Club Brugge). I would love to go there one day.
Brugge is lovely I was there in the summer and took the canal tour. I also took the tram down the Belgian coast which was lovely and very practical.
Mooie voorstelling. Ik als Limburger heb thans alle moeite van de wereld om West-Vlaams te verstaan :p
Maybe, under Brugge, you could add that it was an important city in the arts during the Renaissance.
Side note: although Dutch people do call potatoes "aardappels" (lit. 'earth apples'), in Dutch many people call French fries "patat", which is also a cognate with English (;
Also influenced by Celtic and Scandinavian (the latter are Germanic too, I know) languages! (studied linguistics at uni and native speaker of West Flemish). E.g. double negation, "conjugation" of yes and no, double Subject (kenèkik da nie)