Local people/language, Glasgow

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  • Scots language and history

    by chichino1 Updated Mar 29, 2008

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    The presence of 43 university departments of Scots language in German Universities as opposed to zero in English universities somewhat shows up the inequalities of the United Kingdom.Glasgow University has always had its Scots language dept as well as its history dept. and this institution has for centuries been a torch bearer in the cultural/linguistic battlefield that is language.
    The Glaswegian patter has been analysed to be Scots ,highland Gaelic pronounced Gaaalick,english and the 19th century Irish immigrants.Yet it is nontheless Scots and more and more books are written in .it
    Most cultured Scots call this lallans and their magazine of the same name is an interesting collection of prose and poetry.In feb/Mar the mitchel library hosts www.ayewrite.com a writers festival .lots of interesting people and lectures and workshops

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    saying thanks

    by darren222 Updated Mar 31, 2007
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    in glasgow you can use the following words to say "thank you" and thus allow you to blend in a bit and not stick out like a sore thumb...

    "cheers!".......
    "ta.".....
    "nice one".....
    "thanks"......
    "muchos grasias"( lots of scots visit spain you know).....

    you can add on a "mate"..... or "pal" .... or if the person helping you is wearing a berghaus jacket, baseball cap and tracksuit bottoms tucked in his socks, a "mucker" is perfectly acceptable. however, it is probably best to avoid the young fellow altogether (species:nedus juvenile oothisnutonjellies )

    p.s. don't ask a couple standing together. they'll both have different routes of how to get there and will probably end up in them shouting and swearing at each other. don't be concerned because this is normal. glaswegians swear.....a lot.

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    Caution

    by CelticFire Updated Feb 27, 2006

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    Glaswegians enjoy a reputation for friendliness, however there is a distinct element which may disconcert the casual tourist.

    Beware of groups of pasty faced youths in Burberry, Lacoste or Henry Lloyd attire.

    The famous Glasgow Ned is immediately identifiable. On occasion hysterically funny, but caught on the wrong end of a drinking session can cause fear and alarm to the unsuspecting traveller.

    Check out http://www.glasgowsurvival.co.uk before finalising your plans

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    Scottish Accent

    by peaceness98 Written Aug 10, 2004

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    the people of Glasgow are friendly and used to seeing foreigners

    It might take you a while to get used to the thick scottish accent, most younger people speak much more clearly.

    Don't worry though, i heard even other scot's have a hard time understanding glasgow-talk.

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    Let your hair down

    by fluffybunny Updated Sep 17, 2002

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    Glasgow people are earthy and are very pleased to see foreigners come to visit their city. They are very pleased to help in any way they can and don't be afraid to ask for assistance. They are a little shy though and won't make much of an effort to talk to you unless you initiate the conversation.
    To see the real people of the city you must head away from the tourist part of town and get on your best walking shoes and simply explore.

    NB Once you get them talking they won't stop!!!

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    In general, Glasgow people are...

    by StirCrazy Written Aug 25, 2002

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    In general, Glasgow people are very friendly, very talkative and (if you are unaccustomed to the strong accent and pace of speech) totally incomprehensible!! So you might want to spend a few days there so you get a chance to 'learn the lingo'!!

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  • AS BEFORE THE LOCALS ARE VERY...

    by RABBYD Written Aug 24, 2002

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    AS BEFORE THE LOCALS ARE VERY HELPFUL DONT BE SCARED TO ASK
    FOR ADVICE OR TIPS ALWAYS OFFER TO SHAKE HANDS.

    A LOCAL WOULD NOT TIP IF THE SERVICE IS BAD (SO WHEN IN ROME).

    AVOID LOCAL TAXIS UNLESS YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE DOING
    AVOID BIG NAME CAR HIRE COMPANYS.

    GO LOCAL AND SAVE A LOT OF MONEY

    SUGGEST ARNOLD CLARK HIRE LOTS OF BRANCHES .

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