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West Frisian (Frysk)

West Frisian is spoken in the Dutch province of Fryslan/Friesland, and also in a number of border villages in the neighboring province of Groningen. According to the 2001 census, there are 470,000 West Frisian speakers.

The language can be used in dealings with public bodies, and is taught or used as a medium of instruction in most schools. There are regular radio and television broadcasts in Frisian, and occasional Frisian articles in the newspapers.

West Frisian alphabet (Frysk alfabet)

West Frisian alphabet


Pronunciation of West Frisian

Pronunciation of West Frisian



Download an alphabet chart for West Frisian (Excel)

Sample texts in West Frisian

Alle minsken wurde frij en gelyk yn weardigens en rjochten berne. Hja hawwe ferstân en gewisse meikrigen en hearre har foar inoar oer yn in geast fan bruorskip te hâlden en te dragen.

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All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Information about pronunciation and sample texts provided by François Paes, Pyt Kramer and Reinhard Hahn.

Sample video in and about West Frisian

Information about West Frisian | Phrases | Tower of Babel


Information about West Frisian

Online course in West Frisian

Online West Frisian phrasebooks

West Frisian numbers

Farsk - Frysk Literêr Ynternet Tydskrift (Frisian literature)

Online West Frisian Radio

Online West Frisian news

Geeske's Griemside (Frisian cartoons)

West Frisian-Dutch online translation

Tweets in Frisian

Frisian books are available from:

Germanic languages

Afrikaans, Alsatian, Bavarian, Cimbrian, Danish, Dutch, Elfdalian, English, Faroese, Flemish, German, Gothic, Gottscheerish, Hunsrik, Icelandic, Limburgish, Low German, Luxembourgish, Mòcheno, Norn, North Frisian, Norwegian, Old English, Old Norse, Pennsylvania German, Ripuarian, Saterland Frisian, Scots, Shetland(ic), Stellingwarfs, Swedish, Swiss German, West Frisian, Wymysorys, Yiddish

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

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