Frisian -- Friesisch -- Frysk

Frisian is the first language of 55 per cent (350,000) of the population of the province of Friesland in the Netherlands. 74% of the inhabitants of Friesland are able to speak Frisian, 64% are able to read it and 17% able to write it. In 1956 the government of the Netherlands formally recognized Friesland as a bilingual community. Over the years, a steadily growing number of measures have been prepared to implement this policy in fields such as education, public administration and the judiciary.

Some 3,000 Frisian speakers live in a few villages just over the provincial border where Frisian does not have any status. The use of Frisian in education has been allowed since 1938 and it has been compulsory in primary education since 1980. It became compulsory in the first year of secondary education in 1993. Frisian is a Germanic language, historically related to English.

 Regular verbs

 Infinitive:   fraage

 1sg ik        fraage
 2sg dü        fraagest
 3sg hi/hat/at fraaget
 1pl wi        fraage
 2pl jam       fraage
 3pl jo        fraage

 Irregular verbs

 Infinitive:      drank
 Past participle: dronken

      Present   Past
 1sg  drank     droonk
 2sg  drankst   droonkst
 3sg  drankt    droonkt
 pl   drank     droonk

 Infinitive:      wees
 Past participle: ?

      Present   Past
 1sg  san
 2sg  beest
 3sg  as
 pl   san

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