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Introduction to Frisian

Learn to speak, write and understand the second official language of the Netherlands with this free introductory language course.

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  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

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Introduction to Frisian

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Why join the course?

Did you know that, besides Dutch, a second official language is spoken in the Netherlands? It’s a language even more closely related to English than Dutch. This language is called Frisian.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds[SPEAKING FRISIAN: tsiis, grien, swiet, kaai, ear] Although you probably never heard these Frisian words before, it is likely that you can guess what their meaning is, as it is similar to English. Welcome to the University of Groningen, one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands. The University of Groningen has branches in Groningen but also in Leeuwarden, the capital of the neighbouring province of Friesland. My name is Nanna Hilton. I'm an Assistant Professor of sociolinguistics at the Department of Frisian Language and Culture at the University of Groningen. I would like to welcome you to this free, online introductory Frisian course.

Skip to 0 minutes and 40 seconds Are you interested in minority languages or are you enthusiastic to learn the language that is considered the nearest cousin of English? Do you have Frisian roots? Or do you plan to visit the beautiful province of Friesland and would like to understand the local language? Frisian is the second official language of the Netherlands. It is spoken in the province of Friesland by around half a million people, but many more can understand it. All native speakers of Frisian speak Dutch as a second language. That makes Friesland a bilingual province. Most signs are bilingual. In most bookshops, there's a corner with Frisian books. Throughout the province, you will find Frisian music, theatre, and film productions.

Skip to 1 minute and 21 seconds And the local television and radio broadcasting is in Frisian. Frisian is also a required subject in both primary and secondary education. This free course enables you to learn Frisian up to a lower beginner's level, meaning you should be able to understand some Frisian and use some elementary phrases and expressions.

Skip to 1 minute and 40 secondsWe hope we will soon be able to say, [SPEAKING FRISIAN: wolkom by de kursus], welcome to the course and that you will have a great time acquiring new language skills.

What topics will you cover?

  • Reading and listening to dialogues about work, study, hobbies, eating, living, weather and the time
  • Understanding the grammar around the conjugation of verbs, word order, personal and possessive pronouns, adjectives, modal verbs and making questions
  • Writing and speaking assignments including introducing oneself and speaking about working and living

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Apply basic Frisian vocabulary and grammar in a range of everyday situations
  • Produce short written statements in Frisian about every day life
  • Discuss simple concepts, situations and needs in Frisian

Who is the course for?

Maybe you’re interested in minority languages. Or perhaps you’re keen to learn the language that is considered to be very close to English. Or it could be that you have Frisian roots or plan to visit the beautiful province of Friesland and would like to understand the local language.

This course is aimed at people with no prior knowledge of the Frisian language, who have a strong interest in learning languages. It will give you a taste of language skills that will help you to survive in a Frisian-speaking environment. The main focus will be on receptive skills like reading and listening. It will be taught in English.

Who will you learn with?

Gerbrich de Jong

Hi! My name is Gerbrich and I live in Leeuwarden, the capital of Friesland (the Netherlands). I studied Dutch language and culture and Frisian language and culture at the University of Groningen.

Who developed the course?

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, in the north of the Netherlands.

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  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
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To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.

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