Old Frisian bears a striking similarity to Old English. For this
Eddie Izzard goes to Friesland to try and
speak Old English.
It should be noted, however,
that after at least five hundred years of being subjected to the
influence of Dutch it is obvious to most observers that nowadays
Frisian bears greater similarity to Dutch. Also, one has to take
into account the centuries long drift of English away from
One rhyme demonstrates the palpable similarity between Frisian
and English: "Bread, butter and green cheese is good English and
good Friese," which is pronounced more or less the same in both
languages (Frisian: "Brea, bûter, en griene tsiis is goed
Ingelsk en goed Frysk.")
Eddie intends to prove the close relationship between English
and Frisian by going to Holland to buy a cow.