# Lowland Scots/Lesson02

Lowland Scots Lesson Two: Numbers and Greetings

## Number Basics

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".

## Greetings

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".

### Dialogue

Scots:

• 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.

English:

• 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.

Literal Translations:
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"

## End of lesson two

Now that lesson two is complete, you'd should also be able to have a simple conversation with anybody that speaks Scots. You can even count up to "twinty"! In the next lesson, we will discuss more advanced number material.