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I am a languages nerd. I'm over-ambitiously learning about 6 languages, and so far I only know a few words of Scots. I would like to contribute where I can be helpful, obviously I won't be writing articles, but let me know what is helpful and I'll keep an eye out for things I can do? maybe adding figures from other wikis, or fixing links to matching pages in other languages?
I'm not sure how to compare my Scots skills to other languages. In Arabic and Hindi i have a tiny vocabulary, but i can read the scripts well enough to recognise names and load words. This level probably counts for something? but in Scots, that's not applicable. German i at best half understand, depending on the topic, and i can write or say only very simple things in German. But i know (at a guess) hundreds of German words that are not also in English.
In term of speaking or writing Scots, i know only a tiny number of words that are not also in English. But i can mostly understand it, because it's more similar. My native language is Australian English, and i'm somewhat familiar with Northern and Scottish dialects (bilieds?) of English. I can often pretty much understand spoken Scots, if the person is speaking slowly and the background noise is minimal, the few unfamiliar bits i can guess from context. Written Scots is more difficult.
Apparently USA-Americans find spoken Scots unintelligible? But I have encountered one American who found written Scots easier. He showed me two examples, one spoken and one written. He thought the writing made sense and the audio was unintelligible, but for me it was the opposite way around. The spoken version i could mostly understand. The written one made nearly no sense, i probably would have been better able to understand Dutch or Swedish. If i hear spoken Dutch i have absolutely no idea what they are talking about, but if it is written down i can recognise most of the words from English or German.
(in Inglis) Tasks for non-Scots speakers to do eedit
- Add citations and references sections to stub articles - we've got lots of stubs, and really they need some work. You can help by adding references! Find unsourced articles here.
- Add images to articles with no images. There's a new category on Wikimedia Commons, for images that have come from the Scottish Government Flickr account.
NOTES TO SELF: eedit