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How to understand Scots!

A look at language in Scotland

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO SCOTLAND? DID YOU FIND THE ACCENT DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND AT TIMES? IF THE ANSWER IS YES, THERE MIGHT BE AN IMPORTANT REASON. SOME SCOTTISH PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY IN THE LOWLANDS, HAVE THEIR OWN DIALECT: "SCOTS".

The dialect originated over the course of several centuries. It’s a mixture of the heavy Scottish accent and Middle English. This was the type of English spoken in the Middle Ages. Scots was originally a reference to the Scottish Gaelic language. Eventually though, many Lowlanders began to refer to Scottish Gaelic as Erse (Irish). The word Scot came from the Gaelic term "Scotii". The Scotii were the Gaelic Irish who came to Scotland in the 4th Century with their own language. However, by the 15th Century, the word "Scots" referred to the dialect spoken in the Lowlands and eastern Scotland.

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The latest issue of Hot English (175 – the December issue) is out now! Learn over 300 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: 10 songs to help you learn English, 12 Christmas words, 10 useful office expressions, 12 family words and expressions, 10 useful phone expressions, 8 useful book words and expressions... plus: • Quiz – What holiday character are you? • Celebrities – names with meaning • Humour – jokes • Language – error correction • Film – movie extracts • Culture – winter festivals • The environment – green spaces • General knowledge – trivia • Cuisine – sausage and courgette pasta • Crime – corny criminals • Dialects – Scots English • Music – misheard lyrics • Politics – censorship • Psychology – New Year’s resolutions AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 300 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!
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