Western Frisian is a language spoken in the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark. It is a West Germanic language, like English, Dutch, and German. Frisian is the native language of the Frisian people, who live in the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark. There are three main dialects of Frisian: West Frisian, East Frisian, and North Frisian. West Frisian is the dialect spoken in the Netherlands, East Frisian is spoken in Germany, and North Frisian is spoken in Denmark.
Frisian is a minority language in all three countries. In the Netherlands, it is spoken by about 500,000 people, in Germany by about 10,000 people, and in Denmark by about 3,000 people. Frisian has official status in the Netherlands and Germany. In the Netherlands, it is an official language in the province of Friesland. In Germany, it is an official language in the state of Lower Saxony.
Frisian is closely related to English and Dutch. It is not mutually intelligible with either language, but it is more closely related to English than it is to Dutch. Many Frisian words are similar to English words, and Frisian grammar is also similar to English grammar.
The Frisian language is in danger of extinction. In the Netherlands, the number of Frisian speakers is declining. In Germany, the number of Frisian speakers is also declining. In Denmark, North Frisian is endangered, but East Frisian is not.
The Frisian language is worth saving because it is a part of the cultural heritage of the Frisian people. It is also a unique language in its own right, and it is a link between the English and Dutch languages.