Lowland Scots Lesson Two: Numbers and Greetings
The number system in Scots is very similar to English, which is obvious because Lowlands is English's closest relative. The numbers are as follows;
- 'wan"1 one
- twa two
- three three
- fower four
- five five
- sax six
- seiven seven
- aicht eight
- nine nine
- ten ten
- eleiven eleven
- twal twelve
- thirteen2 thirteen
- fowerteen fourteen
- fifteen fifteen
- saxteen sixteen
- seiventeen seventeen
- aichteen eighteen
- nineteen nineteen
- twinty twenty
- 1: Also pronounced "yin" "een" or "wan" and "ae" also pronounced "yae".
- 2: Also "thritteen" or "deil's dizzen".
Some common phrases include as follows:
- Scots: walcome. hous it gaun?1 a'am daein fine.2,3 thank ye. thanks. hou much. cheerio.
- English: welcome. how are you? I am well. thank you. Thanks. how much? good-bye.
- 1: It literally says "how is it going?".
- 2: It literally says "I'm doing fine".
- 3: "A am" would coloquially be contracted into the word "A'm".
- John: Whit like?1
- Mary: A'm daein fine. An yersel?2
- John: A'm daein fine an aw. Thanks for askin! A'm awa the nou. See ye efter.3
- Mary: See ye efter.
- John: How are you?
- Mary: I'm well. You?
- John: I'm well, too. Thanks for asking! I got to go now. Bye.
- Mary: Bye.
1 "What like?" - similar in meaning to: "How's things?"
2 "I'm doing fine. And yourself?"
3 "I'm doing fine and all. Thanks for asking. I'm away the now. See you after"