Numbers in West Frisian

Learn numbers in West Frisian

Knowing numbers in West Frisian is probably one of the most useful things you can learn to say, write and understand in West Frisian. Learning to count in West Frisian may appeal to you just as a simple curiosity or be something you really need. Perhaps you have planned a trip to a country where West Frisian is the most widely spoken language, and you want to be able to shop and even bargain with a good knowledge of numbers in West Frisian.

It's also useful for guiding you through street numbers. You'll be able to better understand the directions to places and everything expressed in numbers, such as the times when public transportation leaves. Can you think of more reasons to learn numbers in West Frisian?

West Frisian (Frysk) is a language that belongs to the Indo-European family, in the germanic group. Official language of the province of Friesland, in the Netherlands (alongside with Dutch), it counts about 600,000 speakers.

List of numbers in West Frisian

Here is a list of numbers in West Frisian. We have made for you a list with all the numbers in West Frisian from 1 to 20. We have also included the tens up to the number 100, so that you know how to count up to 100 in West Frisian. We also close the list by showing you what the number 1000 looks like in West Frisian.

  • 1) ien
  • 2) twa
  • 3) trije
  • 4) fjouwer
  • 5) fiif
  • 6) seis
  • 7) sân
  • 8) acht
  • 9) njoggen
  • 10) tsien
  • 11) alve
  • 12) tolve
  • 13) trettjin
  • 14) fjirtjin
  • 15) fyftjin
  • 16) sechtjin
  • 17) santjin
  • 18) achttjin
  • 19) njoggentjin
  • 20) tweintich
  • 30) tritich
  • 40) fjirtich
  • 50) fyftich
  • 60) sechtich
  • 70) santich
  • 80) tachtich
  • 90) njoggentich
  • 100) hûndert
  • 1,000) tûzen
  • one million) ien miljoen
  • one billion) ien miljard
  • one trillion) ien biljoen

Numbers in West Frisian: West Frisian numbering rules

Each culture has specific peculiarities that are expressed in its language and its way of counting. The West Frisian is no exception. If you want to learn numbers in West Frisian you will have to learn a series of rules that we will explain below. If you apply these rules you will soon find that you will be able to count in West Frisian with ease.

The way numbers are formed in West Frisian is easy to understand if you follow the rules explained here. Surprise everyone by counting in West Frisian. Also, learning how to number in West Frisian yourself from these simple rules is very beneficial for your brain, as it forces it to work and stay in shape. Working with numbers and a foreign language like West Frisian at the same time is one of the best ways to train our little gray cells, so let's see what rules you need to apply to number in West Frisian

  • Digits and numbers from zero to twelve are specific words: nul [0], ien [1], twa [2], trije [3], fjouwer [4], fiif [5], seis [6], sân [7], acht [8], njoggen [9], tsien [10], alve [11], and tolve [12].
  • From thirteen to nineteen, the numbers are formed from the matching unit digits, adding the word for ten (tjin) at the end: trettjin [13], fjirtjin [14], fyftjin [15], sechtjin [16], santjin [17], achttjin [18], and njoggentjin [19].
  • The tens are formed by adding the suffix -tich at the end of the multiplier digit, with the exception of ten: tsien [10], tweintich [20], tritich [30], fjirtich [40], fyftich [50], sechtich [60], santich [70], tachtich [80], and njoggentich [90].
  • From twenty-one to ninety-nine, the tens and units are joined with the word -en- (and), but the unit is said before the ten (e.g.: ien-en-tritich [31], fiif-en-fjirtich [45]).
  • Hundred (hûndert) and thousand (tûzen) are not separated from their multiplier by a space (e.g.: twahûndert [200], trijetûzen [3,000], tsientûzen [10,000]).
  • The West Frisian language uses the long scale for big numbers where the naming pattern of the scale words alternates between the -joen and -jard suffixes: miljoen (106, million), miljard (109, billion), biljoen (1012, trillion), biljard (1015, quadrillion), triljoen (1018, quintillion), triljard (1021, sextillion)…
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