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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsAre 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 secondsVowels 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 secondsI and E become "ee-yuh." "Ien".

Skip to 1 minute and 55 secondsDouble 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 secondsO 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

Watch the video about the alphabet and spelling in Frisian.

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Introduction to Frisian

University of Groningen

Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

  • Listen and repeat
    Listen and repeat
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    Practise your speaking skills in Frisian: watch the video, listen carefully and repeat. The phrases are from the dialogues of week 1 of this course.

  • Watch and read: the time
    Watch and read: the time
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    Watch and/or read about the principles of telling the time, with practical phrases, in Frisian.