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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.

SySy

Sij
She

StandardWâldfryskKlaaifryskEnglish
HyHy
Hij
He
WyWy
Wij
We
MyMy
Mij
Me
ByBy
Bij
At/By
DyDy
Dij
You
Both
Do
You
FrijFree
Frij
Free
NijsNees
Nijs
News
NijNee
Nij
New
SnijeSneje
Snije
Cut
KrijeKreje
Krije
Get
TrijeTreje
Trije
Three
WeiWei
Wei
Way
DeiDei
Dei
Day
SeisSeis
SeisSix
BothGjers
Gers
Grass
BothSaterdei
Sneon

Saturday
SneinSneen
Snein
Sunday
ReinReen
Rein
Rain
ToskTusk
Tosk
Tooth/Tusk

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