Appendix:Basic Frisian Phrasebook

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Here are basic words and conversational phrases in Frisian dialects.

The translations provided following W: are in West Frisian, those following N: are in North Frisian (Mooring dialect).

Translation Phrase IPA Pronunciation
Frisian W: Frysk
N: Friisk
/fri.sk/
/friːsk/
(freask)
(freask)
hello W: a goeie
N: moin
/ɑ ɡujə/
/mɔɪn/
(ah gooye)
(moin)
good-bye W: oant sjen
N: adjiis
/ɔnt ʃɛn/
/ɑdjiːs/
(ont shen)
(a-jease)
please W: asjeblyft
N: weesegödj
/ɑʃəbli.ft/
/veːzæɡødj/
(ashebleaft)
(veisegud-y)
thank you W: tige tank
N: foole tunk
/ˈtiːɣə tɑnk/
/foːlætunk/
(teaghe tank)
(foughle toonk)
that one W: dy
N: di
/di/
/dɪ/
(dea)
(dih)
how much? W: hoefolle?
N: hüfoole?
/hufolə/
/hʏfoːlæ/
(who folle)
(huh foughle)
English W: Ingelsk
N: Aingelsch
/iŋəlsk/
/æjːŋælʃ/
(ingelsk)
(ayngelsh)
yes W: ja
N: joo
/ja/
/joː/
(yaah)
(yo)
no W: nee
N: nåån
/ne/
/nɔːn/
(nay)
(nawn)
where's the bathroom? W: wêr is hjir it húske?
N: weer as heer et hüüschen?
/wɛːr ɪs jɪrət hy.skə/
/wɪːʁ æs hɪːr æt hy.ʃæn/
(where is yirret hewske)
(vere is heret hewshen)
generic toast W: tsjoch
N: sünhäid
/tʃoχ/
/sønhɛɪd/
(chokh)
(sun-heyd)
Do you speak English? W: kinne jo Ingelsk?
N: koost dü Aingelsch?
/kɪnə jo. ɪŋəlsk/
/koːstø æjŋəlʃ/
(kinne yo ingelsk?)
(coastuh ayngelsh)
I don’t understand W: ik begryp it net
N: ik begrip et ai
/ɪk bəɡri.pət nɛt/
/ɪk bæɡrɪpætæj/
(ick begreapet net)
(ick begripet ay)
Sorry W: pardon
N: fertrüt me
/pədɔn/
/ftrʏt me/
(p'donn)
(f-trut meh)