Phil Van Treese
Fries (Friesland) is a mixture of Dutch, Danish, German and some Swedish. It's extremely hard to speak and even fewer speak it outside of Friesland---Groningen in my case. I guess that's why English was so easy for me to learn. Oh well. Talk to you later.
I realy dont understand why people always claim Frysian would be difficult to speak. It isnt (my 2.5 year old girl speaks it) , and most of the time not being able to understand it grows from an unwillingness to try.
It is the same with learning Aikido. If you arent willing to try it and arent willing to let go of your preconceptions then learning will be hindered and progress will be a struggle