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.
Click on the English phrases to see them in many other languages.
|English||Scoats leid (Scots)|
|Welcome||Walcome / Welcum|
Aye, aye, min (to a man) Aye, aye wifie (to a woman)
|How are you?
I'm fine, thanks. And you?
|Hou ar ye?
Hou's aw wi ye?
Hou's it gaun?
Foo ur ye aye daein'?
|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!|
|Morning greeting||Guid mornin|
|Afternoon greeting||Guid efternuin, Guid efterneen|
|Evening greeting||Guid eenin|
|Nighttime parting phrase(s)||Guid nicht|
|Parting phrase(s)||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!|
|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
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