25 Sep, 2017
One of the most common questions that new students ask at IH Aberdeen is ‘Will my teacher speak standard or Scottish English?’ It seems to be a common perception for students when they are choosing a place to study... that the Scottish accent is difficult to understand. But is this really true?
One amazing thing about the UK, is that for such a small country, we have so many different accents!
Every UK city has an accent and its own dialect, words and expressions. Some people will speak more standard English and some will speak in dialect. And Scotland is no different.
In fact, in a recent survey of the UK’s favourite accents, the Scottish accent featured twice in the top 10!
The number one favourite accent is ‘’, which is the classic standard English, also known as the ‘Queen’s English’.
However, in second place, was the Edinburgh accent, said to be associated with ‘culture and intelligence’. Australian, Irish and Yorkshire accents made up the rest of the top 5. But the Glasgow accent featured at number 9, which means there are 2 Scottish accents in the top 10!
London and South East English accents did not feature in the top 10 at all…
Also, a recentrated Scottish accent as second most appealing, with customers thinking it is a ‘friendly’ accent.