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When we are learning a language, we are taught the standard variety. Think about your own experiences: we have spent more than ten years learning English grammar at school. However, we know almost nothing about the way people speak or use English in their lives. Well, maybe we know that Americans say elevator instead of lift or subway instead of underground, but just that kind of things.

Do we really think that everybody in the United Kingdom speaks the same variety of English? Obviously not. As here, in Spain, depending on the region, we speak with different accents and it’s very easy to guess where we are from due to it. In the UK is the same. For instance, in Liverpool and some other places in Merseyside County, people speak “Scouse”.

What is “scouse”? Moreover being a traditional British dish introduced by Norwegian sailors, “scouse” is a dialect with a typified accent and slang. It is quiet hard to understand it because they use to speak very fast.  Here you’ve got some examples about how “scouse” sounds:

1-Hello my friend! That is nice. That is, my friend.

2- May I have a cigarret, please friend? I requre/want one now.

3-I agree, my freinda. Those sneakers are very appealing.

4-Hello my friend! / Hello my friend! I have to see my brother in the hospital. / Can you lend me a pound, pease, sir? / I only have small cahnge, my friend. / I need some new clothes, my friend.

The “Scouse” was made up to the Liverpudlian sailors that dealt in the port at the beginning of the 19th century. They needed to create their own faster and rhythmic version of English. As they dealt with Norwegian and Danish sailors, they introduced some of the sounds of Norwegian and Danish language in their speaking.

Liverpudlians are very proud of speaking “scouse” up to the point of being called “scousers”. Why are they so proud os “scouse”? I strongly believe that what really join people are neither flags nor history, what really do it is the ability to communicate with others using the same code, the same language because every language represents a specific way to see everything that surround us. That’s because Liverpudlians are very proud of “scouse”.

Finally, I would give you and advice. If you go to a place where is spoken a different language or with a different accent or dialect, you shouldn’t be afraid about it. On the contrary, keep calm, open your mind and your ears and enjoy the diversity. I’m sure you must discover a different way to understand and explain the world.

See also:  Bowl of Scouse

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