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Is the Scots language possible to learn online?

I sort of randomly found out about the Scots language (not to be confused with Scottish English or Scottish Gaelic). Scots is a language that is closely related to English enough that some say it is a dialect of English from Middle English. I thought maybe it could be interesting to learn a little of and maybe Duolingo would have it some day as an easy language for English speakers to start since it is so closely related to English but then I found out Scots does not have a written standard. Would Scots be a language that is only learned from speaking to someone who speaks it and it can not be learned in written form because of the lack of standards? It is honestly painful to try to read something written in Scots because it is so similar to English in a way it winds up looking like misspelled English words with every fifth or so word incomprehensible from it being unique to the language.

I had found a blog post online written by a Norwegian arguing that speakers of Scots should adopt a standard written form because the Norwegians do fine with all their dialects even with a standard written form.

2 years ago

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Hello. I am fluent in Scots and contributed to a course on duolingo just recently. I am hoping they will accept it. If so then you can look forward to seeing it in it.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bbg913

Have u heard anything back from them?

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

You can check out their Wikipedia site and find an online dictionary or translator to help! Also check YouTube for Scots lessons.

A lot of people think it is just badly spelled English, but that is not entirely true. There are more Germanic words than Latinate ones, and a lot of words with Celtic influences too. I have a some basic knowledge in Scots, and I really love the leid! Have fun in yer learning!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BryanAJParry
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Hi NoNameNoFace, this book and CD is pretty good: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Luath-Scots-Language-Learner-Introduction/dp/1906307431/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452628702&sr=8-1&keywords=luath+scots

The Scots wiki have adopted a set spelling based on a very good report and I think it's slowly spreading.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NoNameNoFace

Thanks for the info.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BryanAJParry
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No worries :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bbg913

I would really like how to learn!

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Randi176806

I'd also love to know how to learn Scots.

8 months ago