Announcement: Regional Dialect courses on their way!

Rosetta Stone Regional DialectWith 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:


West Country
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).

Origin: Birmingham

  • 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)

Origin: Tyneside

  • 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!

Miriam Melchers

Miriam is Social Media Manager EMEA at Rosetta Stone. She said 'Dag Amsterdam. Hello London!' and moved to the most multicultural city in the world. She speaks Dutch, English, un petit peu Français and thinks German is 'ganz toll'! That's why she's improving her German with Rosetta Stone. She loves languages, but she loves engaging with our learners and fans even more. Follow her on Twitter. TIP: if you want to learn a language too, try a free Rosetta Stone demo.

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