Stellingwarfs is a variety of Dutch Low Saxon spoken in Ooststellingwerf and Weststellingwerf in the Dutch province of Friesland, and also in Steenwijkerland in the Dutch province of Overijssel. It is largely mutually intelligible with Dutch.

Stellingwarfs first appeared in writing in the Frisian Almanac in 1840. A few writers published literature in the language during the 19th century, and some Stellingwarfs prose, poetry and plays were written during the 20th century.

In the 1970s a Stellingwarfs magazine, De Ovend, and classes for adults were set up, and a Stellingwarfs-Dutch dictionary was published in 2004. Church services are sometimes held in Stellingwarfs, and there are some weekly radio programmes and newspaper features in the language.

Stellingwarfs was officially recognised by the Netherlands government in 1996 as part of Low Saxonian.

Stellingwarfs alphabet

A a B b C c D d E e F f G g H h I i
aa bee see dee ee ef gee haa ie
J j K k L l M m N n O o P p Q q R r
jee kaa el em en oo pee kuu er
S s T t U u V v W w X x Y y Z z  
es tee uu vee wee iks i-grec

Stellingwarfs pronunciation

Stellingwarfs pronunciation

Ij is only used in Dutch words and names.
C, q, x and y are only used in loanwords and in foreign names.

Information provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample text in Stellingwarfs

Dutch spelling

Et doempien hadde zien nust in et waegenhokke. Op een keer weren beide oolden uutvleugen. Ze hadden eten haelen wild veur de jongen en hadden de jonkies hielendal allienig laoten.

AS spelling

Et duumpyn hadde syn nĂ¼st in et waegenhokke. Op een keer weren beyde olden uyt-vloegen. Se hadden eten haelen wild voer de jungen en hadden de jungkys hiilendal aliinig laoten.

German spelling

Et Duumpien hadde sien Nöst in et Wägenhocke. Op een Kehr weren bede Oolden ütflögen. Se hadden Eten hälen willt för de Jongen en hadden de Jonkies hielendal allienig låten

Hear this text and the rest of the story read by Johan Veenstra


There once was a wren who had made his nest in a garage. He lived there with his family. One day he and his mate went out to look for some food to bring their chicks, leaving the young birds all alone.


Sample video in Stellingwarfs

Information about Stellingwarfs | Phrases


Information about Stellingwarfs

Stellingwarfs Woordeboek (dictionary)

Germanic languages

Afrikaans, Alsatian, Bavarian, Cimbrian, Danish, Dutch, Elfdalian, English, Faroese, Flemish, Frisian (East), Frisian (North), Frisian (Saterland), Frisian (West), German, Gothic, Gottscheerish, Gronings, Hunsrik, Icelandic, Limburgish, Low German, Luxembourgish, Mòcheno, Norn, Norwegian, Old English, Old Norse, Pennsylvania German, Ripuarian, Scots, Shetland(ic), Stellingwarfs, Swabian, Swedish, Swiss German, Transylvanian Saxon, Värmlandic, Wymysorys, Yiddish, Yola, Zeelandic

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