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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsHere is a list of Frisian question words with an example from the dialogues.

Skip to 0 minutes and 14 seconds"Wa binne dat?" Who are they? "Wat is dyn adres?" What's your address?

Skip to 0 minutes and 23 seconds"Wêr wenje se?" Where do they live? "Wannear is de wedstryd?" When is the match? "Hoe giet it?" How are you? "Hoefolle wurden kenst?" How many words do you know? "Watfoar teater?" What kind of theatre?

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 secondsIn questions formed with question words, the word order is as follows. Question word, verb, subject, and the rest.

Skip to 1 minute and 8 seconds"Wat is dyn adres?" "Wêr wenje se?" "Wannear is de wedstryd?" "Hoe giet it?" "Wa binne dat?" A special case is the word "hoe" meaning "how." "Hoe" can be used on its own. "Hoe giet it?" How is it going? But "hoe" is often used in combination with the specification. "Hoe âld binne de bern?" How old are the children? "Hoe let is it?" What time is it? Note that if we add "folle" meaning "many," it's made into one word. "Hoefolle?" "Hoefolle wurden kenst?" How many words do you know? Besides these question word questions, we also have yes/no questions. So for example, "Ha jim it nei 't sin yn Ljouwert? Ja of nee?" Do you enjoy Leeuwarden? Yes or no?

Skip to 2 minutes and 24 seconds"Is dat dyn broer?" Is that your brother? "Wurket dyn frou ek?" Does your wife have a job as well? "Hast tiid foar kofje?" Would you have time for a coffee?

Skip to 2 minutes and 41 secondsIn a yes/no question, the word order

Skip to 2 minutes and 43 secondsis as follows: verb, subject, and then the rest. "Wenje sy ek yn Ljouwert?" Do they also live in Leeuwarden? "Mei ik hjir sitte?" Can I sit here?

Skip to 3 minutes and 2 seconds"Ha jim ek fakânsje?" Do you have a holiday?

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Question words

Here is a list of Frisian question words with an example from the dialogues.

wa who Wa binne dat?
wat what Wat is dyn adres?
wêr where Wêr wenje se?
wannear when Wannear is de wedstryd?
hoe how Hoe giet it?
hoefolle how many Hoefolle wurden kenst?
watfoar which Watfoar teater?

Word order

In questions formed with question words, the word order is as follows:

question word – verb – subject …. and the rest.

Wat is dyn adres? What’s your adress?
Wêr wenje se? Where do they live?
Wannear is de wedstryd? When is the match?
Hoe giet it? How is it going?
Wa binne dat? Who are they?

Hoe

Hoe can be used on its own:

Hoe giet it? How is it going?

But it is often used in combination with a specification:

Hoe âld binne de bern? How old are the children?
Hoe let is it? What time is it?
Hoefolle wurden kenst? How many words do you know?

Yes/no questions

Yes/no questions are questions to which the answer is always “yes” or “no”.

In a yes/no question the word order is as follows:

verb - subject - rest

Wenje sy ek yn Ljouwert? Do they also live in Leeuwarden?
Mei ik hjir sitte? Can I sit here?
Ha jim ek fakânsje? Do you have a holiday?

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Introduction to Frisian

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