Useful phrases in West Frisian

A collection of useful phrases in West Frisian, a variety of Frisian spoken in the Dutch provinces of Friesland and Groningen.

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English Frysk (West Frisian)
Welcome Wolkom
Hello (General greeting) Hoi
A goeie
How are you? Hoe giet it mei jo?
Hoe is it dermei?
Reply to 'How are you?' Mei my giet it goed, tige tank!
Long time no see Lang net sjoen
What's your name? Hoe hjitte jo?
Hoe hjitst do?
My name is ... Myn namme is ...
Ik hyt ...
Where are you from? Wêr komme jo wei?
I'm from ... Ik kom fan ...
Pleased to meet you Yn 't wolnimmen
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Goeie moarn
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Goeie middei
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Goeie jûn
Good night Goeie nacht
Sliep lekker (sleep well)
Lekker koese
(Parting phrases)
Oant sjen
Oant letter
Good luck! Súkses
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Noflike dei
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Lekker ite!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Goeie reis!
I understand Ik begryp it
I don't understand Ik begryp net
Yes Ja
No Nee
Maybe Miskien
I don't know Ik wit it net
Please speak more slowly Sprek trager, asjebleaft
Please say that again Sis dat wer, as jo wolle
Please write it down Skriuw it del, asjebleaft
Do you speak West Frisian? Sprekke jo it Frysk?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Ja, in bytsje
Ja, in lyts bytsje
Speak to me in West Frisian Do kinstst Frysk mei my prate (inf)
Jo kinne Frysk mei my prate (frm)
How do you say ... in West Frisian? Hoe seit men ... yn it Frysk?
Excuse me Nim my net kwea ôf
How much is this? Hoefolle kostet dit?
Sorry It spyt my; Pardon
Please As jo wolle
Thank you Tankewol
Tankje wol
Tige tank
Reply to thank you Gjin probleem
Nimme net kwea ôf
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Wêr is it húske?
This gentleman will pay for everything Dizze hear sil foar alles betelje
This lady will pay for everything Dizze dame sil foar alles betelje
Would you like to dance with me? Soesto mei my dûnsje wolle? (inf)
Soene jo mei my dûnsje wolle? (frm)
Mei ik dizze dûns fan dy? (inf)
Mei ik dizze dûns fan jo? (frm)
I miss you Ik mis do
I love you Ik hâld fan dy
Ik bin wiis mei dy
Ik leavje dy
Ik leavhaw dy
Get well soon Wurd snel better
Leave me alone! Lit my gewurde!
Lit my mei rêst!
Help! Help!
Fire! Brân!
Stop! Stop!
Call the police! Belle de plysje!
Rop de plysje!
Christmas greetings Noflike Krystdagen
New Year greetings In Lokkich Nijjier!
Easter greetings Lokkich Peaske
Birthday greetings Fan herte lokwinske mei dyn jirdei
One language is never enough Ien taal is noait genôch
My hovercraft is full of eels Myn hovercraft sit fol mei iel


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