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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds Are you ready for the Frisian alphabet? (USING FRISIAN NAMES) A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z. Now pay careful attention to the following letters and their pronunciation.

Skip to 1 minute and 0 seconds (USING FRISIAN NAMES) A, E, I, H, U, W, Y. Note that the Y sound has three different spellings.

Skip to 1 minute and 22 seconds Vowels can also be combined, and they then make different sounds. Now we will take a look at the most common vowel combinations. A U and O U become “ow,” like in “augustus”.

Skip to 1 minute and 46 seconds I and E become “ee-yuh.” “Ien”.

Skip to 1 minute and 55 seconds Double I is “ee,” as in “fiif”. E followed by I becomes “ay,” like in “tweintich”. E followed by A is “ey-yuh,” like in “neat”.

Skip to 2 minutes and 23 seconds O and E is “oo-uh,” or “oo,” as in “goed” or “hoe”. U and O is “oh-uh,” as in “bruorren”. E and U is “oh-ooy,” like in “keuken”. E and O is “euh-uh,” as in “freon”. O and A is “oh-uh,” as in “oant”. Here are some example phrases on spelling.

Skip to 3 minutes and 20 seconds “Hoe spelst dat?” “How do you spell that?” “Is dat mei in k of mei in c?” “Is that with a K or with a C?” “Kinne jo dat spelle?” “Could you spell that?” “Sil ik it spelle?” “Shall I spell that for you?” “Ik hjit Gosse Tigchelaar.” “My name is Gosse Tigchelaar.” (USING FRISIAN NAMES) G-O-S-S-E T-I-G-C-H-E-L-A-A-R.

The alphabet

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