Thursday, May 20, 2010

Do you speak Glaswegian?

There are something which you already know but still they make you feel happy when you encounter them. Felt same when we landed in Edinburgh. (Yes, I am talking about our last week vacation at Scotland)
Fact that we could actually understand all the announcements, notices, displays, adds...hahaha
We were so happy that wow, here we don't have to wonder what does that announcement or notice means or how to explain something to someone, here language is English !

We came out of Airport, it was easy to follow the instruction, kept walking towards car rental, picked up the car.

Talked with my sister (who is doing her master studies at Glasgow school of arts) in response to her inquiry if we were already there, safely.
I chattered happily ...

Hey wow you know what we love this place, it's so easy to communicate !
arrr...hmmm...likewise?
Everything in English feels so relaxing now !
Ohh ya, that way !
It's nice being able to understand everything.
Ohh wait until you have to communicate more with them.
What do they mean, Official language in Scotland is English, isn't it?
It is.
Then?
It's Scottish English, and wait till you are in Glasgow and you 'll know what i mean !
hmmm ok.

And we knew what she meant as soon as we entered Glasgow and all our first response ended up being same as - huh? sorry?
hehehe

But afterall it's English, ears gets acquainted with it after some time. And good thing, not everyone in Scotland speak that thick accented fast-paced Glaswegian English !
Yes in Glasgow they speak Glaswegian , not exactly English. ;o)


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On the side note, While googling i came across so many website, offering help with Glasgow accent ! Amazing !
Look at this -
http://maryglasgowmagazines.com/students/features/8951?level=club

17 comments:

Alice in Wonderland said...

My husband came from just outside Glasgow, in fact one of his brothers was a teacher in a school in Glasgow. I used to hate going back there because once they all got together, I could never understand a word that they said!
I remember the first thing my MiL said to me and it was "Where de ya hail fra?" meaning, "Where do I come from" and it was very confusing when everyone started talking at once!
But, luckily, my husband soon lost his accent when we moved to England!

~ Lopa said...

Alice... you are here first one commenting here on this post... such a lovely co-incidence as i wanted to let you know how much i thought about you when i was at Scotland... there are so many castles and horses roaming freely in open fields... everytime i passed a castle or saw those horses i thought about you... that may be you live here.... somewhere around ! May be i crossed you and couldn't know it's you... and i hated it that i didn't know where were you exactly...haha

We are going to visit England this summer, and i think it will be lot different than Scotland :)

A Touch of Dutch said...

Look at these photos! Beautiful!
I have a very good friend who is Scottish, from Glasgow, and I do know exactly what you mean about the understanding-part. I always understand her now, but in the beginning it was rough with her strong accent/brogue.

Alice in Wonderland said...

Lopa, no, you've not upset me in any way! I live on the English side, but only by 2 miles and I keep horses here too!
It would be nice if we could meet up the next time that you are over here, you'll have to let me know.
I love Holland, especially all the tulip fields, and I adore all the museums and buildings. The history of it fascinates me too!
So weird! So near, yet so far apart!
Big hugs!

Sourav C. Pandey said...

That was a nice post, and yes Scotland is one place where I always wanted, but yet to be!

I like your blog, will follow up from now! :)
Take care!
Love - beyond realms!! :)

Alice in Wonderland said...

I love your disclaimer post on your side-bar! I had never read it before, but I am fully in agreement with you that people should be careful of what they write. Plagiarism is never a good thing and more people should be aware of that.

I've left you an award on my site!
Have a great week-end!

AmitL said...

haha..Lopa,without finishing the post,believe me,I was going to ask how you found the Glasgow English to be so easy to communicate in-u see,I was watching Mind Your Language episodes,and one of them was about someone from Glasgow whose accent just wasn't comprehensible.:)
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Let me check out the link now..:)

sm said...

beautiful pics
sure you are enjoying your vacation

Invader_Stu said...

Edinburgh is great. I went there last year and loved it. I can't wait to go back. I was going to write about that trip soon as well.

~ Lopa said...

@ A Touch of Dutch 

Yes, when we look at sign boards and all, it looks so convenient but when we ask something we have to ask two times...and once you say huh or sorry, they know you are a foreigner... hehe
But we had fun :o)

~ Lopa said...

@ Alice in Wonderland 

Yes, so near, yet so apart !
I would love to meet you some day :o)

~ Lopa said...

@ Sourav C. Pandey 

I don't know why i have a feeling i have come across your name before, but can't recall how and where...hehe
Thanks for visiting my blog and hope to see you more often :o)

~ Lopa said...

@ Alice in Wonderland 

One of my Blog friend advised me to put that disclaimer and i immediately agreed :o)
Thanks for the award, that is so sweet of you :o)

~ Lopa said...

@ AmitL 

hehe, similar wave-length, huh? :o)
I haven't watched Mind Your Language...are they on YouTube as well?

~ Lopa said...

@ sm 

Thanks sm. Yes it was fun, but vacations need to end else they wont be vacation any more !
Believe me, if you live in Europe, vacationing becomes a way of life... hehe
It is also a way to celebrate and welcome more of sun :o)
A big change from back home !

~ Lopa said...

@ Invader_Stu 

hey, It's you...wow... I love reading your blog... you have a distinct writing style which I love, it makes anything sound like a lot of fun. Welcome to my blog.
It will be fun reading post about your trip :o)

You are British, so you know what I am talking about, what do you think about Glasgow English accent?
We loved Edinburgh, when we were standing at Royal Mile, it looks so beautiful.... standing on a hill, a road running downside surrounded by beautiful buildings and meeting clear blue sea. It was impossible not to fall in love with it on the spot !

Hetal said...

I cant truly understnad the feeling and yr sentence.."Everything in English feels so relaxing now !"...he he he went thru the same feeling when I reached Heathrow airport from Chile :)....

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