With summer just around the corner, many people are starting to plan their holidays – and it’s estimated that we’ll see around 30 million people travelling to the UK from overseas (Source: VisitBritain). In addition, more and more people are opting for “staycations” on UK soil for their summer holidays, with both day-trip and overnight stays increasing in expenditure over the past few years (Source: The Independent).
Visitors from abroad are really only exposed to the Estuary English of the South East – but as language lovers we know there’s so much more to the UK than that! To help travellers across the world with their holiday preparations Rosetta Stone is launching a new range of regional dialect courses, designed to get you up to speed with the local chatter in time for your holiday – ensuring you know just what to do when asked “‘ow bis’?”
There will be a number of different courses which represent the diverse languages and dialects used across the UK. The first five will be launched later this week – here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect:
Origin: South West England (Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire Bristol)
- Beginner phrases: “How bis’?” (How are you/How are things?); “Bis’ app’n” (I’m very well, thank you).
- Advanced: “Bis’ gossent were ee cassnt back’un ass’un” (He’s backed himself into a situation he can’t get out of).
- Beginner phrases: “Keep out th’oss road” (Take care/Mind how you go); “This fittle’s bostin’” (This food is delicious, thank you)
- Advanced: “Stop chobbling yer rocks, you’re driving me barmy“ (Please stop eating those sweets so loudly, it’s rather irritating).
Origin: Greater Manchester
- Beginner phrases: “Ee are” (Excuse me please); “‘Kinhell” (Goodness me!)
- Advanced: “Put wood in t’ ‘ole, cock” (Please shut the door, friend)
- Beginner Phrases: “Had ya pash” (One moment, please); “I’m gan yem” (I’m on my way home)
- Advanced: “Howay” (This advanced programme focuses on the nuances of “Howay” and its many interpretations, as well as its antonym “Haddaway”)
Origin: Southern Scotland
- Beginner phrases: “Hou’s aw wi ye?” (How are you?); She’s awfu fauchelt (She’s awfully tired).
- Advanced: “Lang time nae see, far hiv ye been, min?” (Long time no see, how have you been buddy?)
Alongside these (and more!) we’re also working on a number of supplementary expansions for the real language enthusiast, the first of which will focus purely on the various words used across Britain to describe a bread roll. Keep your eyes peeled for more information – and don’t forget to let us know which regional dialect courses you’d like to see developed in the future!