Sandberg wrote:Hi there,
I'm a Norwegian 20-year-old who last year learned Dutch during a 10-month stay in Belgium. My Dutch is pretty much ok, and I passed the C1-level at the University of Antwerp. For a sample of my current level, you can click here. My English is at a decent level. Other than that I understand Swedish, Danish and to some degree Icelandic and Faroese. I'm also starting out in German, which seems very easy to understand.
Judging by my experience with these Germanic languages, just how easy would it be to pick up Frisian? And how easy is it in general for Scandinavians to learn Frisian? Since Danish to some degree has influenced Frisian (correct me if I'm wrong), would Danes have an advantage over Norwegians in learning this language? (I speak a dialect which somewhat ressembles Nynorsk more than Bokmål)
Boes wrote:First of, what variety of Frisian do you want to learn? If you're planning on learning East or North Frisian, I'd have to say you're looking at a near imposiblity as both those varieties are moribunt and very little learning material exists. That said, West Frisian is very much alive and has quite an amount of learning materials.
West Frisian has little to none Danish influence. Its grammar structure and vocabulary are very akin to Dutch, and seeing that you already have an advanced knowledge of it, the grammar will most likely not be an obstacle. Soundwise of course, Frisian is (one shouldn't say this about languages, but okay) a mix between Northern Dutch and English, but again given your extensive knowledge this shouldn't be much of a problem.
henkw wrote:We are currently also developing a version for North Frisian.
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