Introduction to Frisian Free Online Course by University of Groningen

University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is offering free online course named as Introduction to Frisian. This course is aimed at people with no prior knowledge of the Frisian language, who have a strong interest in learning languages.

Applicants will learn to speak, write and understand the second official language of the Netherlands with this free introductory language course. The course will start on October 9, 2017.

Course At Glance

Length: 3 weeks
Effort: 3 hours/week
Subject: Introduction to Frisian
Institution: University of Groningen and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on October 9, 2017

Providers’ Details

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, in the north of the Netherlands.

About This Course

  • Reading and listening to dialogues about work, study, hobbies, eating, living, weather and the time
  • Understanding the grammar around the conjugation of verbs, word order, personal and possessive pronouns, adjectives, modal verbs and making questions
  • Writing and speaking assignments including introducing oneself and speaking about working and living

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

  • Apply basic Frisian vocabulary and grammar in a range of everyday situations
  • Produce short written statements in Frisian about every day life
  • Discuss simple concepts, situations and needs in Frisian


Maybe you’re interested in minority languages. Or perhaps you’re keen to learn the language that is considered to be very close to English. Or it could be that you have Frisian roots or plan to visit the beautiful province of Friesland and would like to understand the local language.

This course is aimed at people with no prior knowledge of the Frisian language, who have a strong interest in learning languages. It will give you a taste of language skills that will help you to survive in a Frisian-speaking environment. The main focus will be on receptive skills like reading and listening. It will be taught in English.


Gerbrich de Jong

Gerbrich lives in Leeuwarden, the capital of Friesland (the Netherlands). She studied Dutch language and culture and Frisian language and culture at the University of Groningen.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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