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Difference Between Scottish and Irish


When you first listen to it, you could mistake the Irish and Scottish accents as being the same. They have a couple of similarities, but these accents greatly differ from each other. If you listen closely to these accents, you will be able to notice the big difference between the two. The pronunciation of the words, especially the vowels and some consonants, and the intonation of the way the accents are spoken differ from each other. In addition, there are words commonly used in each accent in describing something, which makes it a trademark of the language. To know the difference between these two languages, it is best to explain how to speak in these languages.

For Scottish slang, you must familiarize yourself with the vocabulary they use in describing something. An example for this is using the word ‘wee’ when talking about a small thing. The Scottish have their own words when they speak their language; some of these words include ‘aye,’ ‘lassie’ and ‘bonnie.’

Next, you must be able to roll the letter R in your words properly when speaking with a Scottish accent. The sound of the R must be used appropriately, especially after the D, G and T.

Using the vowels in the Scottish way is also very important in speaking with a Scottish accent. When pronouncing the letter E, one must shorten it making it sound like an ‘eh.’ Also, in using the letter I, it should be the same as any other word with an I should be spoken, it must sound like the I in ‘Might.’ In Scottish dialect, you should learn to drop the ‘G’ in words that end in ‘ing’. Another way of speaking Scottish is by using ‘nee’ instead of the ‘not.’

These are some of the guidelines in speaking with a Scottish accents. A couple of Hollywood stars who speak with a Scottish accent are Sean Connery and Ewan McGregor.

On the other hand, to be able to speak Irish you must soften your vowels. In speaking with an Irish accent, vowels must not be used as long vowels. With this information, you find out that you must talk softly in using the vowels.

You must enunciate fluently if you want to speak with an Irish accent. You must give more attention to your consonants. The Irish accent also creates a tone when spoken. When you listen properly to the Irish accent, you will notice that it is very musical. Some of the actors who still have apparent Irish accents whenever they speak are Gerard Butler, Pierce Brosnan and Collin Farell.

These are the major differences between an Irish and a Scottish accent.



There are words each language use for their own, like ‘wee’ for the Scottish and ‘aye’ for the Irish.

A Scottish accent is conscious of their Rs and Gs in ing, compared to the Irish accent, which t must use words softly.

The Irish accent sounds musical, unlike the others.

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  1. Gerard Butler is Scottish, not Irish. He has played Irish characters, but he was born and raised in Scotland. 🙂

  2. Paragraph 2 is confusing you say Scottish use words like “aye” but in the summery you state it’s the Irish… best to fix that also because the Scottish use “aye” as well.

  3. Cheers, Kristen. I was going to say that. 🙂

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