An Englishman learns Scots

The Scots language – by an English polyglot

Curious about the Scots language – its history and what it’s like? As an English polyglot, I wanted to experience learning a language closely related to Engl…

What is it like for a non-Scottish English speaker to learn Scots? Dave Huxtable is an experienced polyglot. Wanting experience learning a language closely related to English, he signed up for  signed up for Michael Dempster’s three week course. He is clearly fascinated by our language and highlights his “favourite bits of the pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar of Scots”. He discusses the experience of learning ‘similar’ languages  and concludes, “One of the things for me about learning a language so close to may own is that it can feel embarrassing, as if you were mocking people”. He clearly wasna.

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