Friulian language series: how to learn Friulian online

You will find below different resources available online which you may use to learn the Friulian language on your own. I continue to add to this list as more resources are uncovered; if you have a suggestion for me to consider adding, please write to me.

When it comes to the Friulian language, you are faced with a very limited range of materials with which to work. This is true of both Friulian materials geared towards the learner of the language as it is materials for native speakers. Fortunately, the Bible exists in Friulian version and will sustain you for as long as necessary to learn the language. Indeed, it would seem to me that there are really only two paths to the acquisition of Friulian: either through continual contact with Friulian speakers or by reading the Bible in Friulian and listening to its recordings. All other materials will probably serve as complements to either of these two methods, as they are in such short supply or have no audio.

Unless you will be spending extended amounts of time with Friulian speakers (or are already adept in related languages and find that Friulian presents no particular obstacle to you), your path to the acquistion of Friulian beyond the basic aspects of the language will almost certainly pass through the Bible and its recordings. You may, of course, be able to patch together your own method with other materials and reach some level of success, but why not avail yourself of the Friulian Bible, given that it is waiting there for you to read it?

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Friulian courses

Bibie par furlan ( On this very website, you may study the Friulian language through the Bible. Consult the detailed Friulian vocabulary and grammar notes as you work your way through reading and listening to the chapters. The Friulian text is written in contemporary language. Using the Bible made available by Glesie Furlane to learn Friulian comes with my highest recommendation. The range of language which you will learn is nothing short of phenomenal; you will not be disappointed. Start with Gjenesi 1, which is the first chapter of the book of Genesis.

Mandi ( An introductory course to Friulian, by Mitri Gotart, in the format of a manual with audio files. The site appears to be full of broken links; however, you should still be able to download most of the text and audio files related to the course. This course may prove useful to you as a starting point in Friulian.

O impari il furlan ( An online Friulian language course made available by the Societât Filologjiche Furlane; devised for children, it may still prove useful to you for its Friulian sound files and thematic vocabulary.

Friulian dictionaries

Grant Dizionari Bilengâl Talian-Furlan ( This a bilingual Italian-Friulian dictionary, using the standard spelling system of Friulian. This dictionary contains many examples of Friulian phrases from which you may learn.

The next two dictionaries listed below apply the Faggin-Nazzi spelling system to its Friulian entries, which is not the standard today; with a little observation and practice on your part, you will come to understand how it works.

Friulian-English English-Friulian dictionary ( This bilingual dictionary by Gianni Nazzi and Deborah Saidero is consultable in archived form on the Wayback Machine. You may wish to save the files for personal use. As a point of interest: the authors have preferred to refer to the Friulian language in English as Friulan.

Dizionari Bilengâl Furlan-Talian ( This is another bilingual Friulian-Italian dictionary. On this same site, you will also find, albeit in very basic form, a multilingual dictionary with search options in English, Slovenian, Spanish and others. If you understand Italian, you will be much better served by the Friulian-Italian dictionary, which includes examples of use.

Friulian grammar, spelling and phonetics

Paolo Roseano ( If you read Italian, this is an excellent guide to standard Friulian grammar. Note: clicking on the link will open a PDF.

Standard Friulian spelling (  You may download documents here related to the standard Friulian spelling system.

Gramatiche fonetiche furlane ( A detailed work by Sandri Carrozzo on Friulian pronunciation, written in this same language.

Read in Friulian

Bibie par un popul ( My highest recommendation goes, of course, to the Friulian version of the Bible made available online by Glesie Furlane. You may read both the Vieri Testament (Old Testament) and Gnûf Testament (New Testament) in Friulian, as well as listen to a reading of the entire text. This Friulian Bible forms the basis of the Friulian language notes available on my site.

Glesie furlane ( In addition to the link provided above, the text of the Friulian Bible is also available here, under Bibie in linie, should the Bibie par un popul site ever become inaccessible.

La Patrie dal Friûl ( Once you have managed to get your bearings in Friulian, you may have a go at reading the news in Friulian every month. You will be able to acquire contemporary vocabulary by reading this production, which makes for a good complement to your reading of the Bible.

e-libris ( A small selection of ebooks in Friulian, in PDF format. Some titles are in the original Friulian, whereas others are translations into Friulian, such as that of Dostoevsky’s The Dream of a Ridiculous Man.

Project Gutenberg ( Another selection of titles in Friulian, many of which are translations of Dante Alighieri. You will come across texts composed in non-standard Friulian spelling; as you progress in your learning, this will become less of an obstacle.

Listen to Friulian

Radio Onde Furlane ( Listen to the radio in Friulian. You would be wise to begin listening to spoken Friulian as early as possible in your study of the language. I do not recommend that you hold off listening until you have acquired more Friulian; start listening now, no matter your level. Do not be concerned by that which you do not understand. You will be able to acquire contemporary vocabulary by listening to this production, which makes for a good complement to your reading of the Bible.

Glesie Furlane (YouTube) Here you will find all the readings of the Friulian Bible. You will also find these videos embedded on the Bibie par un popul site, where they have been posted alongside the verses to which they pertain, that you may listen and read simultaneously.

Felici ma furlans (YouTube) An online comedy series in Friulian. Videos are available with subtitles in Italian, English and Spanish. If you are studying Friulian through the Bible, you will see (with time, of course) that the Friulian learnt through the Bible appears all the time in these colloquial dialogues.

BLECS Ente Friuli nel mondo (YouTube) Learn Friulian phrases and vocabulary with this good collection of 25 short videoclips. Good for absolute beginners in Friulian. You may watch the clips in Friulian-English, Friulian-Italian and Friulian-Spanish versions.

La Vita Cattolica (YouTube) If you look under the Videos tab of this YouTube channel, you will find six different clips entitled Cors teoric e pratic de lenghe furlane offering explanations about the grammar of Friulian, in Friulian itself. A rather difficult listen to be sure, but you may wish to give it a go nonetheless.

Maria Zef (YouTube) A miniseries from 1981 with Friulian dialogue; it is subtitled in Italian.

ARLeF ( If you search the site, you will find a selection of videos and audio, including documentaries, short films, interviews and fables in Friulian.

Friulianisms used in Italian

Pengio ( You may also be interested in how Friulian has influenced the Italian language as spoken in the region. This website presents a collection of Friulianisms heard in spoken Italian.

And why not — when you need a little break from Friulian, you may wish to start getting your Polish underway.