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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsNext-- negation in Frisian. In Frisian, there are two words you can use for negation-- "net" and "gjin". "Gjin" is followed by a noun, like the English word "no"-- "Gjin probleem", "Gjin idee", no problem, no idea. "Net" is used in all other situations, like the English word "not". "Amsterdam is net fier fan Ljouwert." Amsterdam is not far from Leeuwarden. "Ik kin net drave." I cannot run. Here are some examples from the dialogues. "Ik kin net sjonge." I cannot sing. "Dat sis ik net!" I won't say that! "Sy wurket net." She doesn't work. "Sy hat gjin baan." She doesn't have a job. "Dat wol ik net." I don't want that. "Ik ha gjin hun." I don't have a dog.

Skip to 1 minute and 26 seconds"Ik hald net fan out maratons." I don't like marathons.

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Negation

In Frisian there are two words you can use for negation: net and gjin.

Gjin is followed by a noun, like the English word “no”.

Gjin probleem, gjin idee. No problem, no idea.

Net is used in all other situations, like the English word “not”.

Amsterdam is net fier fan Ljouwert. Amsterdam is not far from Leeuwarden.
Ik kin net drave. I cannot run.

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