https://www.duolingo.com/Heidel.Berg

Scots Language (not Scottish Gaelic)

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Scots or Lowland Scots is a Germanic language spoken principally in Scotland and Ireland with about 125,000 native speakers. It's not related to the Celtic language Scottish Gaelic that has about 87,000 native speakers.

Scots is a culturally rich language. There are many authors and poets throughout history who chose Scots as the language of some or all of their writings, such as John Barbour, Allan Ramsey and Edith Anne Robertson. You can find more about literature in this LINK

Interestingly Scots can be somehow mutually intelligible with English, you can check out yourself through this YouTube link :)

I understand that making a Scots language isn't a priority now on Duolingo, but I hope to see it here someday soon. It wouldn't hurt though, if there are any native Scots speakers here to apply, if they're interested. From the fact that it's impossible to guess what course is coming next and Scots might be one of those lucky ones.

For more information, check Scots article on Wikipedia

The well known "Auld Lang Syne" is a Scots poem, in this link you can notice the similarities and differences between Scots and English: CLICK HERE for Scots and English LYRICS

Have a nice weekend, everyone! :)

EDIT:

  1. If you're interested in developing a course please upvote the original request post for Scots leid Thanks to WildSage

  2. A cool TEDx video regarding languages in Scots language. Shared by Aistobe

2 years ago

13 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Mr_Eyl
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"Interestingly Scots can be somehow mutually intelligible with English"

This is often the case with languages in the same family that grow side-by-side. The Scandinavian languages, Spanish and Portuguese, Irish and Scots Gaelic and more all have some degree of mutual intelligibility.

There's some argument as to whether or not Scots can be classified as a language, but the majority of those who disagree are English people who don't speak it and regard it as a funny sort of English. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heidel.Berg
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Thank you for your reply. It included something I was amanaging to add later, whether Scots is a language or a dialect of English. According to a simple research and my basic knowledge in Scots, I believe it's a language. It has different vocabulary (although not that big deal of different vocabulary). It still have different way of writing words.

I have a humble knowledge in Swedish, Norwegian and Danish and I think that English and Scots are closer to each other than the aforementioned Scandanivian languages. I might be wrong though. Maybe it's more like Nynorsk and Bokmål.

For me, I think that the relationship between English and Scots is like the relationship between Bayerisch and Hochdeutsch. Bayerisch is disputed if it's a language or a dialect though. Well, many languages often start as dialects then develop separately.

It does actually sound likea funny sort of English. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SkyeCa
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As a Scot it confuses me that anyone here would be a want to learn Scots, it's almost never spoken and even so you wouldn't know that someone speaks it as they only speak it at home or directly to people who they already know also speak Scots. You'd have to have an incredibly keen interest in Scots literature to want to learn it, although it would not be difficult as, even though most Scottish people don't technically speak Scots (but almost all understand it), we all use a lot of words from it in conversation so immersion in Scotland would give you an understanding without actually studying it as it can basically be thought of as how we often talk written phonetically (excluding Scots vocabulary that does not relate to modern times).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heidel.Berg
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Thank you for your reply! :) Having written literature in Scots is a good reason to develop the interest to learn it. I'm interested in regional languages around the UK, Scots drew my attention since it's the only widely spoken Germanic language in the UK after English. Besides most people talk here about Scottish Gaelic and, supposedly, confuse Scots as a Scottish Gaelic. I'd like to see a Scottish Gaelic course as well.

Your reply was quite informative. I believe that they key, as you said, is to be immersed in Scotland. Hopefully someday I can spend a year or two there to have better understanding of the culture and regional languages.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PotatoSanta
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That was really interesting. At times I would have just thought 'I can't understand this guy's accent'. I wonder how they are deciding this is another language and not just one more English variant.

Also well done posting about a topic someone liked so much they gave you 2222 lingots.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heidel.Berg
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It is interesting. I'm glad that someone took some time to check the video! :) Deciding if Scots is a dialect or an English variant is debatable and currently I'm doing a research regarding that. Apparently there's no solid opinion regarding that.

Well, I'm not sure if they liked it so much to give me 2222 lingots, but that was a bunch of friends retruning me the favour for giving them lingots a while ago. As they stated, those lingots are an appreciation for my post and came also a response that this post and some comments were downvoted for no apparent reason! Lingots serve now as a counter downvoting strategy and I encourage it, especially on those posts, which teach others languages such as Finnish lessons by Zzzzz...

Nowadays some people downvote everything for fun! I think that it's better to find something useful to do in life, rather than downvoting posts and abusing a button that was made to counter spam not actual discussions! :/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aistobe
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This appeared among my Youtube suggested videos yesterday.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heidel.Berg
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That's a very relevant video thanks for sharing! I'll share it on the original post, if you don't mind.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aistobe
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Please do!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heidel.Berg
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Already did and I enjoyed watching it. TEDx never ceases to be inspirational and interesting!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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You might want to include a link to the original request for Scots so people who also want it can vote for it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heidel.Berg
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Thank you. I've searched for an original post and couldn't find it. That would be of help! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TriPac1
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I have Scots in my heritage, and I would like to see both Scots and Scottish Gaelic on here. That would be really cool

7 months ago
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