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Counting in North Frisian

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Language overview

North Frisian (Fresk, Frasch) is a language belonging to the Indo-European family, in the germanic group. Spoken in North Frisia, part of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, it counts about 10,000 speakers. The dialect used here is the Mooring or Bökingharde Frisian, spoken in Niebüll and the amt of Bökingharde. It belongs to the North Frisian mainland dialects group.
Due to lack of data, we can only count accurately up to 9,999 in North Frisian. Please contact us if you can help us counting up from that limit.

North Frisian dialects

North Frisian dialects are divided into two groups: mainland and insular. In addition to the Mooring Frisian, the mainland dialects are the Halligen Frisian spoken on the Halligen islands, which is very similiar to the Goesharde Frisian spoken in the historical Goesharde region north of Husum, the Karrharde Frisian from the German amt of Südtondern (an amt is more or less equivalent to a county), the Strand Frisian spoken on the German islands Pellworm and Nordstrand, and the Wiedingharde Frisian (Wiringhiirder freesk) spoken in the German amt of Wiedingharde. The insular dialects are the Fering (Föhr) spoken on the island of Föhr, the Heligolandic dialect (Halunder) of the Heligoland island, the Öömrang of the Amrum island, and the Söl’ring of the Sylt island.
Compared with Mooring Frisian numbers (iinj [1], tou [2], tri [3], tiin [10], hunert [100], duusend [1,000]), Fering numbers (ian [1], tau [2], trii [3], tjiin [10], hunert [100], düüsen [1,000]) and Söl’ring numbers (jen [1], tau [2], trii [3], tiin [10], hönert [100], düüsent [1,000]) are quite similar.

North Frisian numbering rules

  • Digits and numbers from zero to twelve are specific words: nul [0], iinj (masculine: ån) [1], tou (masculine: twäär) [2], tri (masculine: tra) [3], fjouer [4], fiiw [5], seeks [6], soowen [7], oocht [8], nüügen [9], tiin [10], alwen [11], and tweelwen [12].
  • From thirteen to nineteen, the numbers are formed from the matching digits, adding the word for ten (täin) at the end: tratäin [13], fjouertäin [14], füftäin [15], seekstäin [16], soowentäin [17], oochttäin [18], and nüügentäin [19].
  • Tens are formed by adding the suffix -ti at the end of the multiplier digit, with the exception of ten: tiin [10], twunti [20], dörti [30], fäärti [40], füfti [50], süsti [60], sööwenti [70], tachenti [80], and näägenti [90].
  • From twenty-one to ninety-nine, tens and units are joined with the word än (and), but the unit is said before the ten (e.g.: iinjändörti [31], fiiwänfäärti [45]).
  • Hundred (hunert) and thousand (duusend) are not separated from their multiplier by a space (e.g.: touhunert [200], triduusend [3,000], tiinduusend [10,000]).

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Numbers list

1 – iinj
2 – tou
3 – tri
4 – fjouer
5 – fiiw
6 – seeks
7 – soowen
8 – oocht
9 – nüügen
10 – tiin
11 – alwen
12 – tweelwen
13 – tratäin
14 – fjouertäin
15 – füftäin
16 – seekstäin
17 – soowentäin
18 – oochttäin
19 – nüügentäin
20 – twunti
30 – dörti
40 – fäärti
50 – füfti
60 – süsti
70 – sööwenti
80 – tachenti
90 – näägenti
100 – hunert
1,000 – duusend

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Afrikaans, Alsatian, Bavarian, English, German, Luxembourgish, North Frisian, Pennsylvania German, Plautdietsch, Saterland Frisian, Swiss German, and West Frisian.

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