Low Saxon/German: Lesson 1

This course is still under construction and uses the northern-low-saxon variety of low saxon, which is the most widely used variety in media and home to the regions around the german cities of Oldenburg, Bremen and Hamburg.

First we will learn the conjugation of regular verbs.

Therefore we need the personal pronouns:

I = Ik

You = Du

He/She/It = Hee/See/Dat (Note the similarity to English. Although the pronunciation is different. Low Saxon often uses "that=dat" for "it")

we = Wi

you(plural) = Ji

they = See (Note that this is a homophone/-graph to "See" for "she")

Now the verbs.

The infinitive ending of verbs is +en, like:

to hear = hören

The conjugation of regular verbs is done by subtracting the infinitive +en ending and add the endings for the regular conjugations:

Ik verb_ (no ending)

Du verb+st

Hee/See/Dat verb+t

Wi/Ji/See verb+t

You see, it’s pretty easy! There are only 2-3 conjugations for regular verbs. No ending for first person singular(ik), the +st ending for second person singular(du) and the +t ending for all other pronouns.

A minority of regions might use a +en ending instead of the +t ending.

Now try it yourself!

?I hear|Ik höör

?You hear|Du höörst

?She hears|See höört

?You(pl.) hear|Ji höört