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The Luath Scots Language Learner: An Introduction to Contemporary Spoken Scots Paperback – 1 Nov 2002

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Luath Press Ltd (1 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 094648791X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946487912
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 702,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This invaluable language course has proved to be much in demand among the public, both at home and abroad. SCOTS LANGUAGE CENTRE --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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L COLIN WILSON was born in 1958 in Aberdeen, of parents and grandparents who themselves were from the Aberdeen area. Having spent his early childhood there, and then some two years in Cumbernauld, he was raised in Peterculter on Lower Deeside. He was educated at the local primary school and later at Cults Academy, after which he graduated from RGIT in Electronic Engineering. As well as North East Scotland, he has also lived and worked in London and Glasgow. By profession he is a computer software developer. Nowadays Colin lives in Aberdeen's Midstocket area, with his wife Fiona - a native of Cairnbulg - and her golden retrievers Honey and Cara. When not working at his job, or promoting Scots, his main interests are other languages, travel, and his music collection. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 1 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is an easy to use book for people wanting to learn Scots. It has 25 graded lessons, English-to Scots vocabulary list, verb tables, dialogues for you to practise, grammatical explanations and exercises. It also has a wee bit about background on life in Scotland.
This is very good introductory course for those wishes to learn the language you heard growing up or for Americans wanting to get more in touch their their heritage. There are some good dictionaries on Scots, but this is a long-awaited, first course for teaching yourself. A winning point for American usage - it assumes the user has no prior knowledge of Scots, so it works very well for very basic beginners of Scots.
It's set up with an accompanying audio CD (Sold separately; ISBN: 1842820265) which I highly recommend getting to use with the book. You really need to hear pronunciations. So, if you like Burns but have trouble reading him, you will be reading Robbie like a pro buy the end of the lessons.
The lessons are fun and easy to follow, so this is highly recommended for those interested in learn Scots language.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Slim on 21 April 2013
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This is a wonderful and well organized approach to learning the Scots language. There are some other good grammars available, but this book approaches Scots as a teachable language, covering both spoken and written aspects of the language. Scottish culture is covered to some degree as well. This book is all one needs to get started learning Scots, and in my opinion is the best available pedagogical tool to Scots language acquisition. The one great fault of the book is the CD is not yet available. No living language self-learning course is truly complete without audio instruction recorded by native speakers. In addition to this book, publisher produces other grammars, dictionaries and published material in the Scots language. To create, recommend and advertise the availability of an "accompanying CD" with the book, and then not have it available for purchase is a noticeable shortcoming. I do not believe that the author intended this. Current book production is a second printing of the revised 2012 edition. I queried publisher, and received a short response that they do not know when the CD will be available. Buyers need to be aware that although a picture of the CD is on the book, none comes with the book, and none is yet available. While the latter is, in my opinion, poor planning and marketing, I can't discount the great contribution that the author and publisher have made to the preservation and dissemination of the Scots. Here are some possible workarounds. If you have a native speaker of the language available to work with you, your efforts should go easier. There is also a plethora of spoken material on the Scots language available on YouTube, in many different dialects.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Riamh on 23 Dec. 2013
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Really good intro to one of Scotland's languages. It's progressive and give some cultural points too. It give a good idea and knowledge of Scots, mainly the Doric. My advice: take the CD too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fabiola on 10 Dec. 2012
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It is fabulous to see a grammar for the Scots language at last. Too often authors and academics have focussed on the status of the language, or upon reviewing the literature. We finally have a resource we can share with those we hope to share the language with, particularly students of modern Scottish literature and language. The dialect varieties of Scots available on the CD will be particularly helpful for learners and lapsed speakers alike.
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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Fluminis on 13 Jun. 2012
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Glancing through "Luath Scots Language Learner: An Introduction to Contemporary Spoken Scots", one realizes that:
1. "Luath" is an excellent modern languge (self)teaching textbook.
2. It is a pity that CD(s) do(es) not go with the book just per qualche dollaro in più ('for a few dollars more').
3. Scots is English, an English variety that has to be respected, protected and promoted, but it is English after all. The only other really different language of Scotland is Gaelic, that which can give a stronger national identity to the country.
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