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Can I Read Scots?

Scots is written in a number of different ways.  Sometimes it's written in traditional forms and sometimes in specific dialect traditions.

Can you Read in Scots?

Scots is written in quite a variety of ways.  Some people write in a way that is intended for all Scots speakers to understand no matter which Scots dialect they speak.  Some people write in a way that strongly represents the unique features of a particular dialect.  Some people create their own unique way of writing Scots drawn from their writing skills from writing in English or other languages.

Reading Scots is a skill that Scots speakers, those who understand spoken Scots but do not speak it, and even those who cannot understand spoken Scots may have.

We have a selection of different types of written Scots below for you to explore to decide whether or not you can read Scots.

Writing Samples