Do you find Scottish English difficult to understand?

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Do you find Scottish English difficult to understand?

Postby Doitsujin » Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:13 am

The BBC reports that a New Zealand-born MP didn't understand a question posed by a Glaswegian speaker (Video).
I didn't understand everything the first time around, but after the speaker repeated his question I had no problems understanding it.
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Re: Do you find Scottish English difficult to understand?

Postby Tom » Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:02 am

I'm American and I went to see the movie Trainspotting in 1996 and I found a lot of it difficult to understand. Granted there was a lot of drug slang and so forth, but still, I was rather surprised at how much trouble I had understanding it. Ok, I just watched the video, it wouldn't load for me at first. In the first viewing, I understood the gist of the question, but not every single word. The second viewing, I understood it word for word.
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Re: Do you find Scottish English difficult to understand?

Postby Tom » Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:12 am

To me, Scottish is the most interesting and best sounding English, but also the only one that's difficult to understand.
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Re: Do you find Scottish English difficult to understand?

Postby rdearman » Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:15 am

Yes.
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Re: Do you find Scottish English difficult to understand?

Postby devilyoudont » Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:42 am

I'm an American. I didn't have trouble with the accent in the video. But, I think that speaker is speaking kind of slow, and my typical experience is that I have a lot of trouble understanding Scottish English when it is spoken at a regular speed.
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Re: Do you find Scottish English difficult to understand?

Postby IronMike » Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:44 pm

In 1988 I got stationed in Berlin...sorry, WEST Berlin. Up to that point I had only studied Spanish (8th-10th grade) and Russian (DLI). I'd never heard German, at least as far as I knew at the time.

One of the guys I worked with played rugby with a U.S. Army team in an international league, so one Saturday I decided to go with some friends from work to watch the game. I had no idea what team they were playing.

Sitting on the side of the pitch (I learned that word that day, as well), the other team huddled nearby me and my friends from work. They were energetically talking to each other about who knows what. I couldn't understand a word they were saying. I assumed it was German, but wasn't sure.

I asked one of my friends, who was fluent in German, what language they were speaking.

"Um, English. You know. Your native language."

I listened closer. Sure as hell, they were speaking English. But the only word I understood, and the word they said every 3 to 4 words, was f^%k. (Turns out my friend's team was playing the Scottish Black Watch team.)

Long story short, Yes, I have trouble understanding Scottish "English".
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Re: Do you find Scottish English difficult to understand?

Postby Speakeasy » Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:51 pm

What, they speak English? Why wasn't I told about this !!!??? :o
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Re: Do you find Scottish English difficult to understand?

Postby lavengro » Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:05 pm

I love hearing Scottish English, but I sometimes find it not just difficult but impossible to understand. I was able to understand this guy though, and I only stumbled during his second whack at the question over the word "refurbishment".
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Re: Do you find Scottish English difficult to understand?

Postby Brun Ugle » Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:18 pm

I had no trouble understanding it, but of course, I was prepared for Scottish. If someone spoke to me like that and I wasn’t prepared, I probably wouldn’t understand at first. That happens to me sometimes even with languages and dialects I know well.
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Re: Do you find Scottish English difficult to understand?

Postby Hashimi » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:58 pm

Not as difficult as this one:

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