Frisian visits

We plan yearly trips to visit Frisian territories where people live speaking the nearest relative of English language.

The saying "As milk is to cheese, are English and Fries" describes the creamy similarity between Frisian and English.

Another rhyme that is sometimes used to demonstrate the palpable similarity between Frisian and English is
"Rye bread, butter and green cheese is good English and good Fries.",
which sounds not tremendously different from
"Brea, bûter en griene tsiis is goed Ingelsk en goed Frysk."

Author ArnoldPlaton, png: Hayden120

Present-day distribution of the Frisian languages in Europe:

  West Frisian
  North Frisian
  Saterland Frisian

What about Frisian language.
The Anglo-Frisian languages form a group of West Germanic languages consisting of Old English, Old Frisian, and their descendants. The Anglo-Frisian family tree is:

The Anglo-Frisian languages are distinguished from other West Germanic languages partially by the Ingvaeonic nasal spirant law, Anglo-Frisian brightening, and by the palatalization of Proto-Germanic *k to a coronal affricate before front vowels, e.g.

The early Anglo-Frisian and Old Saxon speech communities lived close enough together to form a linguistic crossroads which is why they share some of the traits otherwise only typical of Anglo-Frisian languages.

Approximate present day distribution of the Anglo-Frisian languages in Europe.




Hatched areas indicate where multilingualism is common.

However, despite their common origins, Anglic and Frisian have become very divergent, largely due to the heavy Norse and French influences on English and similarly heavy Dutch and Low German influences on Frisian. The result is that Frisian has now far more in common with Dutch and the adjacent Low German dialects, bringing it into the West Germanic dialect continuum, whereas Anglic has stronger North Germanic and non-Germanic influences than the languages on the mainland.