As part of our campaign to promote the Yorkshire dialect we’ve done a little bit of radio. And as we like to practice what we preach we’ve transcribed the radio interview and translated the Yorkshire phrases into standard English.
Have a listen to the audio recording we transcribed before you read the transcription below. See if you can work out what’s being said, some are easier than others.
Here’s the recording, it opens in a new window: Defending the Yorkshire dialect news report recording.
BRADFORD COMMUNITY RADIO SEGMENT ON TUESDAY, 26th JUNE 2012
Yorkshire’s historic dialect may soon be a thing of the past. The county’s dialect society feels well-loved sayings are now endangered. BCR’s Alex Booth has more.
ALEX BOOTH (BCR)
Their distinctive phrases have been passed through generation to generation, but Marketing Director for language company Global Lingo, Richard Michie, says this isn’t being kept up.
Communication is important and people need to understand what you’re saying, but losing the dialect you use is a bit of a shame. It’s a big part of the Yorkshire identity and that’s what we’d like to promote as a language company.
So I asked these locals to show off their lingo:
Now then, sithee.
Ee by Gum! Aye, lad.
Put t’wood int oil.
Yorkshire translation: Put the wood in the hole – Close the door
My mum always says, ‘Yorkshire born and bred.’
Strong in the arm.
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