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Counting in West Frisian

Language overview

Forty-two 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.

West Frisian numbers list

  • 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

West Frisian numbering rules

Now that you’ve had a gist of the most useful numbers, let’s move to the writing rules for the tens, the compound numbers, and why not the hundreds, the thousands and beyond (if possible).

  • 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)…

Write a number in full in West Frisian

Let’s move now to the practice of the numbering rules in West Frisian. Will you guess how to write a number in full? Enter a number and try to write it down in your head, or maybe on a piece of paper, before displaying the result.

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