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Scottish Accent

Scottish accents can actually vary a good deal. Commonly Glasgow is considered one of the thickest accents in Scotland, while Edinburgh is perhaps the lightest - but the two are only about 50 miles apart! Very few people still speak the Scots language today, but it has definitely had a grrreat influence on the dialect!


Scottish Accent Learning Materials

  • The Scottish accent materials include recordings of AccentHelp coach Jim Johnson guiding you through learning the accent, using the text, as well as a number of recordings of native speakers. Jim gathered many of these recordings on trips to Scotland - bringing the experience back to you in this download.
  • You'll get four versions of the written materials: a PDF file to print or read on a standard computer, a large-format PDF for portable reading devices, and MOBI for Kindle and EPUB for other portable readers.
  • This accent is appropriate for productions of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and other plays. You also hear it in films like Shallow Grave and from people like Craig Ferguson.
  • The Scottish accent varies throughout the country, but each of the accents is similar enough that it's one of the more distinct accents. It also had a big influence on the accents of Northern Ireland due to a lot of immigration there in the 17th century. They're only 12 miles apart!

Audio files (72.2MB, 72 minutes)

  1. Introduction to Sound Placement, Intonation and Helpful Hints for learning a Scottish accent (4:45)
  2. Consonant sound changes for speaking with a Scots accent (13:12)
  3. Vowel sound changes for Scottish (6:17)
  4. changes to Diphthongs in a Scottish accent (5:12)
  5. Alternate Pronunciations for words and names when speaking with a Scottish accent (2:46)
  6. Wrap up on learning a Scottish accent (1:51)
  7. Fraserburgh Scotland Female reading (1:12)
  8. + her conversation (2:49)
  9. Aberdeen Scotland Male reading (1:35)
  10. + his conversation (6:57)
  11. Aviemore Scotland Female reading (:55)
  12. + her conversation (2:03)
  13. Glasgow Scotland Male reading (1:21)
  14. + his conversation (4:42)
  15. Glasgow Scotland Female reading (1:19)
  16. + her conversation (5:08)
  17. Edinburgh Scotland Male reading (1:02)
  18. + his conversation (2:18)
  19. Edinburgh Scotland Female reading (1:19)
  20. + her conversation (3:43)
  21. Edinburgh Scotland Male reading (:51)
  22. + his conversation (:50)

Most of these recordings are made "in the field" so you will hear such things as birds, cars or other people in the background. A transcription of the conversations is included to help you follow along.