Want to keep learning?

This content is taken from the University of Groningen's online course, Introduction to Frisian. Join the course to learn more.

Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsAll right. Let's do some counting. First of all, from 1 to 20. "Ien", "twa", "trije", "fjouwer", "fiif", "seis", "sân", "acht", "njoggen", "tsien", "alve", "tolve", "trettjin", "fjirtjin", "fyftjin", "sechstjin", "santjin", "achttjin", "njoggentjin", "tweintich". And, of course, the multiples of 10, up to 100. "Tweintich", "tritich", "fjirtich", "fyftich", "sechstich", "santich", "tachtich", "njoggentjich", "hûndert". Now you will notice some irregularities here.

Skip to 1 minute and 21 seconds"Trije" corresponds with "tritich". We say "fjouwer", but we also say "fjirtich". There's "fiif", but we say "fyftich". "Seis", but we say "sechstich". "Sân", but we say "santich". "Acht" becomes "tachtich". And it is "hûndert" and not "ienhûndert". Now let's have a look at the numbers from 21 up to 99. "Ienentweintich", 21 in Frisian is 1 and 20- - "ien en tweintich". "Trije (3) en tritich (30), trijentritich." Fjouwer (4) en fyftich (50). "Fjouwerenfyftich." "Seis (6) en sechstich (66). Seisensechstich. Sân (7) en tachtich (80). Sânentachtich. "Fjouwer (4) en njoggentich (90). Fjouwerennjoggentich.

Skip to 2 minutes and 50 secondsAs you can see, from 21 up to 99 the unit is placed before the 10.

Skip to 3 minutes and 0 secondsNow for some more information on numbers and counting. We say "tûzen". So not "ientûzen". but "tûzen".

Skip to 3 minutes and 14 secondsPlease note that the comma and the decimal are switched in Frisian. So "trije komma fiifhûndersânentachtich" is less than 4 and not over 3,000. So "seistûzensânhûn dertachtenfyftich" is nearly 7,000. But with a comma it is "seis komma sânhûndertachtenfyftich" which is just about 7.

Skip to 3 minutes and 49 secondsNow for some examples and phrases.

Skip to 3 minutes and 54 secondsMyn tillefoannûmer is nul seis ien twa acht fjouwer twa nul njoggen fiif. Ik bin achtentritich jier.

Skip to 4 minutes and 8 secondsAchtenfjirtich min trijentweintich is fiifentweintich.

Skip to 4 minutes and 14 secondsUs húsnûmer is fjouwerentritich a.

Skip to 4 minutes and 19 secondsIn jier hat trijehûndertfiifensechstich dagen.

Skip to 4 minutes and 24 seconds"Tolve kear seis is twaensantich."

Watch and read: counting

Watch the video about counting in Frisian.

Share this video:

This video is from the free online course:

Introduction to Frisian

University of Groningen

Get a taste of this course

Find out what this course is like by previewing some of the course steps before you join: