Frisian didn't come to England. Far as I know, it's still in Fris. :-) - but both Frisian and Anglo-Saxon (the ancestor of English) come from the same Germanic subgroup, so that's where the closeness derives from. Mike > >From: Elliott Lash <[log in to unmask]> > > > > > > As for Gaelic being related to English... interesting. I've never > > > > noticed the similarity. It would make sense, though; the origins of > > > > English should be related to Cornish, Kentish, Welsh, Manx, Scotch, > > > > Irish and other languages of the British Isles. The question is, > > > > where does Frisian fit in? ... > All a fascinating history, but not complete. How did Frisian, natively > spoken (if memory serves) in the northern provinces of the Netherlands, come > to England, and how did it surplant the native Celtic languages? If it was > an ancient language on the island (I seem to remember reading about a > Kentish tongue), at what point did it supplant the older languages? > Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at http://explorer.msn.com/intl.asp.