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Can I Write Scots?

We can write Scots in a number of different ways. We can write Scots in traditional forms and we can write Scots in specific dialect traditions.

Can you write in Scots?

Representing spoken Scots in a written form is a skill which Scots speakers may not always learn, but many do.

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.

Below we have some examples of written Scots and some videos of Scots speakers to explore to help you decide if you can write Scots.

Writing Samples