Frisian Dialects

There are many dialects in Friesland (NL) and here you can see a comparison of the two most spoken dialects. Wâldfrysk (Woodfrisian) and Klaaifrysk (Clayfrisian). Not only are there a difference in vocabulary and pronunciations, there are also differences in ways of thinking and their outlook on life. The Wâldfrisians are folk who don’t like to be in the spotlight, sound harsher and tend to be more forward. This part of Friesland, de Wâldhoeke (Woodcorner), is also known as the most roughest region of Friesland. However, there is also the Clay region. This region has more singers and writers. Clayfrisians don’t mind to be more in the spotlight. They’re also less bold and rough.

Just think of The Lord of the Rings (or The Hobbit) which has elves and wood elves.

Standard Wâldfrysk Klaaifrysk English
Hy Hy
Hij
He
Wy Wy
Wij
We
My My
Mij
Me
By By
Bij
At/By
Dy Dy
Dij
You
Both
Do
You
Frij Free
Frij
Free
Nijs Nees
Nijs
News
Nij Nee
Nij
New
Snije Sneje
Snije
Cut
Krije Kreje
Krije
Get
Trije Treje
Trije
Three
Wei Wei
Wei
Way
Dei Dei
Dei
Day
Seis Seis
Seis Six
Both Gjers
Gers
Grass
Both Saterdei
Sneon
Saturday
Snein Sneen
Snein
Sunday
Rein Reen
Rein
Rain
Tosk Tusk
Tosk
Tooth/Tusk

Note; The Wâldfrisian dialect has more a connection to English (and German) and Klaaifrisian more a connection to Dutch.