Speaking Scottish is a volunteer-run project, with our “Voices” being a key part of this.
If you become a Voice, audio recordings you submit to us will become part of our learning materials, like this:
These recordings are a key part of our learning content, giving learners access to real life examples of language as it is spoken in Scotland.
Where do I start?
If you’re keen to get involved, scroll down to see our Recordings Masterlist. This is a collection of all the words, phrase and conversations we need recordings of.
Do I need to record the whole list?
Not at all! You can pick and choose what you’d like to record, and there’s no minimum on how much you need to record.
What if there are words/spellings I don’t use?
As a rule, we’d recommend you choose words/phrases that feel natural to you, i.e. things you’d comfortably use with friends or family.
You might notice some different spellings of words (e.g. youse/yis, guid/gid) when checking the list. This is mostly for the benefit of learners, and isn’t meant to necessarily represent different pronunciations, so again, just go with what feels natural.
Do I need special recording equipment?
No, we’re happy with phone recordings and so on – as long as the audio is clear enough.
How do I record/send the clips?
Where possible, please record the words/phrases one at a time then send them to us as MP3 or WAV files via email (email@example.com) or WhatsApp (07761 715043).
When sending the files, please – if you are comfortable doing so – include the following info:
- Your name
- Age (we will assign an age range)
- Your current location (e.g. Inverness)
- Places you have lived for a significant period that has influenced your accent (e.g. grew up in Glasgow, lived in Aberdeen for 5 years)
These details help our learners to recognise different kinds of speech and accent from all over Scotland, but are entirely optional to provide. Please note we may at times prioritise audio clips for which we have this info.
Thanks for all your help. We greatly appreciate your support, and we’re sure our learners will too!
The following words, phrases and conversations are those that we need recordings of.
Word & Phrases
Please be sure to record these with the appropriate number of speakers (i.e. two speakers if you see A and B, but three if there is A, B and C).
A: You alright?
B: Yeah thanks, you?
A: Aye, I’m alright
A: How’s you?
B: Aye, no bad, how’s yourself?
A: Nae too bad either, thanks
A: Hey, it’s been weeks, how’ve you been keeping?
B: Aye, no too bad, can’t complain. Yourself?
A: Aye, I’ve been doing pretty good too ta
A: Hey, how’s yourself?
B: Aye ta, nae bad. You?
A: Aye, I’ve been alright
A: Hey man, what’s the craic?
B: No much, been a boring few days. You?
A: Aye, same
A: Is it windy out today?
B: Aye, it is, aye
A: Alright, nae bother
A: Did ye see ma gloves?
B: Naw, I didnae, how?
A: I’m just wanting to find them
A: Do you like ma new earrings?
B: Aye, they’re nice, but a bit wee
A: Ken aye, but they’re bonnie, no?
A: What’s the weather like th’day?
B: Not great. It’s a wee bit dreich oot.
A: Are yous listening to me?
C: Aye, on ye go
A: Were folk out last night?
B: Aye, a few folk were.
A: Nice. Hope youse had a gid time
A: How’s the new bairn getting on?
B: Aye, not so bad, and your wee wean?
A: He’s a handful, but a’m coping
A: How did youse get to the hospital?
B: By bus
A: Gonnae tidy your room
A: It’s a guddle, that’s how!
A: That’s a lovely new dress
B: Aww ta, yer looking good yerself
A: Cheers pal!
A: Are ye wanting some fid?
B: Naw ta, I dinnae
A: Nae worries
A: I cannae see the sign
B: Ye cannae? Ah’ll read it then
A: Cheers mate!
A: How’s it looking out there?
B: It’s awfy dreich to be honest.
A: Aw man, iIt’s proper drookit th’day.
B: A’ll no be going tae the shops just now then!
A: There’s a right haar hanging aboot toon th’day.
B: Gie it a few hours and it’ll burn aff.
A: It’s fair jeelit oot.
B: Is it aye? Best wrap up then!
A: It’s a pure belter of a day like!
B: Aye, a fair scorcher for sure.
A: That’s quite the wind oot there.
B: Aye, reckon we might have another Hurricane Bawbag coming oor way.
A: It’s a pish day th’day, nae doubt.
B: Aye, proper shite!
A: It’s fair pishing it doon oot there!
B: Is it aye? Thought you were looking a wee bit wet!
A: Whit a day! It’s taps aff for sure.
B: Oh aye, I willnae be needing ma t-shirt.
A: The Highlands were crawling with beasties last time ah went!
B: Ooh, that gives me the boke! Cannae stand them personally.
A: Look at aw the coos!
B: Ken, cute as!
A: There’s hunners of craws ootside the morn.
B: Is that right? Ah wonder whit they’re up tae.
A: Heard youse got a new dug.
B: Aye, on the weekend. Wanna see him?
A: Does yer farm have Highland Coos?
B: Naw, ah wish!
A: How wis the park yesterday?
B: Nice aye, but full a midgies.
A: Eek! There’s a muckle big moose running roon the flair!
B: Dinnae fret pet, I’ll catch it.
A: A saw a wildcat when a was on holiday up north.
B: Nae way! You couldnae have.
A: Swear down!
A: Whit a cute wee scotty dug!
B: Aww, cheers, he’s just a wee yin.
A: Here, is that a Shetland pony?
B: Dinnae ken, but a think so, aye.
A: I’m away to the chippy. You want anything?
B: Aye, a battered sausage and a can of juice, ta.
A: I’m gagging for a bit a sauce.
B: Really? Cannae stand it myself.
A: Fancy a haggis supper tonight?
B: Aye, go on then!
A: I cannae decide what to get…
B: Meby a munchy box then?
A: Neeps the night is it?
B: Aye, just got a bag of ‘em pure cheap.
A: I’m proper starving.
B: Aye, me too. Shall we get some scran in?
A: Ye just cannae beat a square sausage, eh?
B: Aye, for sure!
A: Fancy a wee bit of supper before bed?
B: Nah, I’m still stuffed from tea!
A: One onion rings to go, ta.
B: Wid ye like it as a supper?
A: Aye, go on.
B: Nae bother, that’ll be £5.50.
A: Are ye wanting tatties th’night?
B: Aye, go on then!
A: Here, do youse include tattie scones in the all day breakfast?
B: Course! Who wouldnae?!
A: Wanna have tea together the morrow?
B: Aye! Wait, are you meaning dinner or lunch?!