Friulian language series: how to learn Friulian online

You will find below different resources available online, and for free, that you can 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.

Categories below include:

  • Friulian courses
  • Friulian dictionaries
  • Friulian grammar and phonetics
  • Read in Friulian
  • Listen to Friulian
  • Friulianisms used in Italian

Friulian courses

Bibie par furlan (robertopolesello.com) On this very website, you can 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 you will learn is nothing short of phenomenal; you will not be disappointed.

Mandi (mitrigotart.it) 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.

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

Friulian dictionaries

Grant Dizionari Bilengâl Talian-Furlan (arlef.it) This a bilingual Italian-Friulian dictionary, using the standard spelling system of Friulian. You do not necessarily need to understand Italian to gain at least some benefit from this dictionary; for example, you can look up Friulian words and try to make sense of the example sentences written in Friulian on your own. Of course, you will need to understand Italian if you are looking up a Friulian word to understand what it means.

Dizionari Bilengâl Furlan-Talian (friul.net) This is another bilingual Friulian-Italian dictionary. On this same site, you will also find (but 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. Note: the Faggin-Nazzi spelling system is applied to all 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. That said, until you learn it, you may find it difficult to search for a word if you only know the standard spelling.

Friulian grammar and phonetics

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

Gramatiche fonetiche furlane (scribd.com) A detailed work by Sandri Carrozzo on the pronunciation of Friulian, written in the same language.

Read in Friulian

Bibie par un popul (bibie.org) My highest recommendation goes, of course, to the Friulian version of the Bible made available online by Glesie Furlane. You can 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 lessons available on my site.

La Patrie dal Friûl (lapatriedalfriul.org) Once you have managed to get your bearings in Friulian, you can have a go at reading the news in Friulian every month.

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

Project Gutenberg (gutenberg.org) 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 (ondefurlane.eu) Listen to the radio in Friulian. You would be wise to begin listening to the spoken language as early on as possible in your study of Friulian. I do not recommend that you wait until you are able to understand more Friulian; start listening now.

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, so that you can listen and read simultaneously. Sample:

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. Sample:

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 can watch the clips in Friulian-English, Friulian-Italian and Friulian-Spanish versions. Sample:

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, but you may wish to give it a go nonetheless. Sample:

Maria Zef (YouTube) A miniseries from 1981 with its dialogue almost entirely in Friulian; it is subtitled in Italian. Watch here:

Contis par fruts (arlef.it) A selection of fables in Friulian for children; you may nonetheless find it useful as listening practice. If you click on the title of each offering, you will be taken to a page where you can access both the audio and text. The entire children’s section is available here: fruts.

Video realizâts in lenghe furlane (arlef.it) A selection of videos in Friulian, including documentaries, short films, cartoons and interviews. An audio section is also available.

Friulianisms used in Italian

Pengio (pengio.com) 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.