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Useful Scots phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Scots. There are a number of dialects of Scots and no standard spelling, so expressions have more than one spelling or version.

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English Scoats leid (Scots)
Welcome Walcome / Welcum
(General greeting)
Hello, Awrite!
Aye, aye, min (to a man) Aye, aye wifie (to a woman)
How are you? Hou ar ye?
Hou's aw wi ye?
Hou's it gaun?
Fit Like?
Foo ur ye aye daein'?
Reply to 'How are you?' A'm fine, an ye?
A'm daein fine, an ye?
Nae bad ava, min. Yersel'?
Long time no see Lang time nae see, Far hiv ye been, min?
What's your name?
My name is ...
Whit's yer name? Fit's yer name?
Ma name is ...
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Whaur ar ye frae? Whaur ar ye fae?
A'm frae ...
Nice to meet you Nice tae meit ye!
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Guid mornin
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Guid efternuin, Guid efterneen
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Guid eenin
Good night Guid nicht
(Parting phrases)
Cheerio, Cheerio the nou, See ye efter
Good luck Guid Luck!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Guid Health! Cheers! Slainte!
Here's tae us, wha's like us? Damned few an' they're a' deid (classic Scottish toast)
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Ha a guid journay, Hae a guid rin
I don't understand A dinna unnerstan, A dinna ken! Eh?
Please speak more slowly Can ye spaek slowly?
Please write it down Write it doun please! Screive it doun please! (archaic)
Do you speak Scots?
Yes, a little
D'ye spaek Scots? Div ye spik Scots?
Aye, juist a wee, Aye, a bittie
How do you say ... in Scots? Hou d'ye say ... in Scots? Foo d'ye say ... in Scots?
Excuse me Ho ye! Hey min!
How much is this? Hau much is this? Hou muckle is this? Foo muckle 's this?
Sorry Sairy! A'm sairy! Sorry!
Thank you
Thenk ye
Ye're welcome! Think naethin!
Where's the toilet? Whaur's the toilet / lavvy / cludgie?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything This chiel/dame will pay for aa
Would you like to dance with me? Will ye dance wi me?
I love you A love ye! A loue ye! (rare)
Get well soon Get weel soon!
Leave me alone! Lae me aloyn! Leave me alane!
Call the police! Caw on the polis! Sen' furra polis! Ca' the Bobbies!
Christmas and New Year greetings A Blithe Yule an a Guid New Year
A Cantie Yule an a Guid New Year
Birthday greetings Happy Birthday!
One language is never enough Ane leid is ne'er enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Ma hoovercraft's full o eyls
Goad a'michty! Ma dampt hoovercraft's breemin' ower wi bluiddy eyls!
Ma wee hovirkreftie afornent lippert owt per wip pimperneels