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Low Saxon

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Classification: Indo-European – Germanic – Western – Low-Saxon-Low-Franconian – Low Saxon

Number of speakers: 1,500,000 L1 (although Ethnologue estimates around 10,000,000 people are passive speakers)

Countries where it is spoken: Canada, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands and Paraguay

Varieties:

  • Low German (Denmark and Germany)
  • Western Frisian (Germany)
  • Gronings (The Netherlands)
  • Westfalian (Germany)
  • Western Low Saxon / Nedersaksies (The Netherlands)
  • Plautdietsch (Canada, Mexico and Paraguay)

Example: (Low German)

Wat Wöörd’ un Rechten sün, daar sünd all de Minschen free un liek mit boorn. Se hebbt da Tüüg för Vernimm un Gewäten mitkrägen, un dat böört jüm, dat se eenanner in’n Geest vun Bröderschup in de Mööt kaamt.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

 

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