LochNessPawty – Scottish Language Lessons

When in Scotland, it’s important and corteous to understand and be understood by the locals.  Here are some words and phrases, courtesy of Linguanaut, which may come in handy:


English Greetings: Scottish Greetings:
Hi! Awrite!
Good morning! Guid mornin!
Good evening! Guid eenin!
Welcome!  Welcome!
How are you? Hou ar ye?
Hou’s aw wi ye?
Hou’s it gaun?
I’m fine, thanks! A’m fine, slainte!
And you? An ye?
Good/ So-So. Guid / so-so.
Thank you (very much)! Thenk ye (uncoly)!
You’re welcome!  Ye’re welcome!
Hey! Friend! Hey! Mukker!
I missed you so much! A misst ye sae muckle!
What’s new? Whit’s new?
Nothing much Naething muckle!
Good night! Guid nicht!
See you later! See ye efter!
Good bye! Guid cheerio the nou!
Asking for Help and Directions  
I’m lost A’m tint.
Can I help you? Can A gie ye a haund?
Can you help me? Can ye gie’s a haund?
Where is the bathroom? Whaur’s the bathroom?
Where is the pharmacy? Whaur’s the pharmacy?
Go straight! Then turn left! Gae straecht! Than turn left!
Turn right! Turn reit!
I’m looking for john. A’m leukin / swatchin for John.
One moment please! Ae moment please!
Hold on please! (phone) Haud on please!
How much is this? Hau much is this?
Excuse me …! (to ask for something) Ho ye!
Excuse me! ( to pass by) Ho ye!
Come with me! Come wi’s!
How to Introduce Yourself  
Do you speak English? D’ye spaek English?
Do you speak Scottish? D’ye spaek Scots?
Just a little. Juist a wee.
What’s your name? Whit’s yer name?
My name is … Ma name is …
Mr…/ Mrs.…/ Miss… Mr…/ Mrs.…/ Miss…
Nice to meet you! Nice tae meit ye!
You’re very kind! Ye ar verra kin!
Where are you from? Whaur ar ye frae?
I’m from (the U.S/ Scottish) A’m frae (the U.S / Scotland)
I’m (American) A’m (American / Scottish)
Where do you live? Whaur d’ye bide?
I live in (the U.S/ Scottish) A bide in (the U.S / Scotland)
Did you like it here? Did ye like it haur?
Scotland is a wonderful place! Scotland is a wonderful place!
What do you do for a living? Whit d’ye dae for a livin?
I work as a translator. A wirk as a translatur.
I work as a businessman. A wirk as a businessman.
I like Scottish A like Scots
I’ve been learning Scottish for 1 month A’ve been lairnin Scots ae month.
Oh! That’s good! Och! That’s guid!
How old are you? Hou auld ar ye?
I’m (twenty, thirty…) years old. A’m (twintie, thrittie …) year auld.
I have to go A hae tae gang
I will be right back! A’ll be reit back!
Wish Someone Something  
Good luck! Guid Luck!
Happy birthday! Canty Birthday!
Happy new year! Happy Hogmanay!
Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! / Merry Yuil!
Congratulations! Congratulations!
Enjoy! (for meals…) Enjoy!
I’d like to visit Scottish 2 one day A’d like tae veesit Scotland ae day.
Say hi to John for me Say “Guid day” tae John for me
Bless you (when sneezing) Bless ye!
Good night and sweet dreams! Guid night an sweit dreams!
Solving a Misunderstanding  
I’m Sorry! (if you don’t hear something) A’m sairy!
Sorry (for a mistake) Sairy!
No Problem! Nae problem!
Can You Say It Again? Can ye say it again?
Can You Speak Slowly? Can ye spaek slowly?
Write It Down Please! Screive it doun please!
I Don’t Understand! A dinna kin!
I Don’t Know! A dinna ken!
I Have No Idea. A hae nae thochtie.
What’s That Called In Scottish ? Whit’s ‘at caad in Scots?
What Does “gato” Mean In English? Whit dis “…” pure decht in English?
How Do You Say “Please” In Scottish ? Hou d’ye say “Please” in Scots?
What Is This? Whit’s this?
My Scottish is bad. Ma Scots is bad.
I need to practice my Scottish A need tae practice ma Scots.
Don’t worry! Dinna fash yersel!
Scottish Expressions and Words  
Good/ Bad/ So-So. Guid / bad / so-so
Big/ Small Muckle / wee
Today/ Now The day / nou
Tomorrow/ Yesterday The morn / the streen
Yes/ No Ay / Nae
Here you go! (when giving something) Haur ye gae!
Do you like it? D’ye like it?
I really like it! A pure like it!
I’m hungry/ thirsty. A’m guttin / thirsty.
In The Morning/ Evening/ At Night. In the mornin / in the forenicht / at nicht.
This/ That. Here/There This / that. Haur / thaur.
Me/ You. Him/ Her. Me / ye. Him / her.
Really! Pure!
Look! Leuk! / Swatch!
Hurry up! Coorie up!
What? Where? Whit? Whaur?
What time is it? Whit’s the time?
It’s 10 o’clock. 07:30pm. It’s ten oors. It’s 07:30 at the forenicht.
Give me this! Gie’s this!
I love you! A loue ye!
I feel sick. A feel no weel.
I need a doctor A need a doctor.
One, Two, Three ane, twa, three
Four, Five, Six fower, five, sax
Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten sieven, aicht, nine, ten




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