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

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frisian_alphabet

Pronunciation of West Frisian

Pronunciation of West Frisian


Source: www.allezhop.de/frysk/

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.

A recording of this text


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 videos in and about West Frisian

Information about West Frisian | Phrases | Numbers | Tower of Babel


Information about West Frisian

Online course in West Frisian

Online West Frisian phrasebooks

West Frisian dictionaries

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, Frisian (East), Frisian (North), Frisian (Saterland), Frisian (West), German, Gothic, Gottscheerish, Gronings, Hunsrik, Icelandic, Limburgish, Low German, Luxembourgish, Mòcheno, Norn, Norwegian, Old English, Old Norse, Pennsylvania German, Ripuarian, Scots, Shetland(ic), Stellingwarfs, Swabian, Swedish, Swiss German, Transylvanian Saxon, Värmlandic, Wymysorys, Yiddish, Yola, Zeelandic

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

Page last modified: 04.07.22


Green Web Hosting - Kualo

Why not share this page:


The Fastest Way to Learn Japanese Guaranteed with JapanesePod101.com

If you like this site and find it useful, you can support it by making a donation via PayPal or Patreon, or by contributing in other ways. Omniglot is how I make my living.


Note: all links on this site to Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.fr are affiliate links. This means I earn a commission if you click on any of them and buy something. So by clicking on these links you can help to support this site.

Get a 30-day Free Trial of Amazon Prime (UK)

If you're looking for home or car insurance in the UK, why not try Policy Expert?