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Learn Lancastrian / Lancashire accent

Do you want to learn lancastrian or want to know more about the Lancashire accent?

This is my little tutorial on speaking / learn Lancastrian along with sample voice files so you can hear the sounds.

So why have I don’t this? Well you know I was once told the following by one of my bosses “Mike, you’re an intelligent lad and you’ll go far if you could just lose your accent”

My response to this was something along the lines of “What the **** has my accent got to do with the price of fish?” I didn’t work there very long, my boss was an idiot!

Its not the only time I’ve been told my accent is a problem, when I worked for Ocean software I occasionally worked on the customer service line and was told a few times by customers, “I’m sorry I don’t understand your accent”.

Mind you the other lad I used to work with had a broad Mancunian accent and once received a letter from a satisfied client which read “The phone was answered by the most aggressive man with a Mancunian accent……although he did solve my problem, many thanks.”

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t sound like George Formby and I don’t see my accent as a problem as even my Japanese ex-wife and her English speaking friends and family can understand me if I don’t speak in slang.

However, if I do speak in slang, then unless you’re another Lancastrian then you may not understand me. This is why I have included a few Learn Lancastrian phrases and words so that you might understand any words I say to you.

My accent is part of who I am, I am a Lancastrian, and it says so on my Birth Certificate.

Place of Birth: Littleborough, Lancashire.
Checkout this website for Confirmation – The friends of real Lancashire

Anyway, here’s a brief guide to Learn Lancastrian (This is a work in progress and will be added to from time to time)

Anyone looking for someone to voice over an article, advert or film then I am available for voice over work and you can contact me about it here:

Lancastrian English Listen
art al’reet are you alright? play - learn lancastrian
Nowt nothing play - learn lancastrian
Ath at the
Amust I must
Art are you
Ast have you
As’tha do you have play
Awlreet alright
Babby baby
Barmpot idiot/simpleton play
Benny go mad/ throw a tantrum play
Bickering argueing play
Bout without
Bowt bought (pronounced bow t) play
Bowton Bolton play
Brass money play
Britchies breeches play
Browt brought
Burrie Bury play
Butty Sandwich play
Buzz Bus play
Cack anded clumsy play
Cakehole mouth play
Champion good as in I’m good/well play
Compin chewing play
Chuck throw something, also used to address an associate, “ow do chuck?” play
Clobber item of clothing / To hit some one play
Clowt item of clothing / To hit some one play
Cob on annoyed play
Corporation pop tap water play
Cowd cold play
Dust do you (as in “Dust tha like that”) play
D ya like that? Did you like that (Catchphrase of Fred Dibnah esq) play
Ees he play
Eigh up move up play
Etten eaten (Ged it etten) play
Feight fight play
Flummoxed flustered play
Forrin foreign play
Foyer fire (as in “Chuck it in foyer”) play
Frabbin struggling (stop frabbin an givit ere)
Fratch argue play - learn lancastrian
Fust first
Gi give play
Ginnel passage between houses play
Gob mouth (shut tha gob) play
Gooin going
Gormless somebody whos slow (ees gormless) play
Gowd gold
Gradley good (reet gradley) play
Gronny grandma
Guduz good as play
Havin kittens worried (ees avin kittens)
Hauf half play
Heause house
Heyt height play
Hoo she
Howd hold play
Howdim hold him (As in “You howdim well I kick im inth knackers”) play
Im him play
Imbook hymnbook play
Int isn’t, is not play
Inth into the / in the play
Iti al’reet are you alright? play
Itwer it was play
Jiggered exhausted play
Lang long play
Lanky Lancashire
Larn learn
Leet light play
Lerrim let him play
Loife life
Loike like
Lugs ears play
Mardy spoilt child play
Met might
Meyt meat play
Mi’sen myself play
Mi’sel myself
Missus Mrs, the wife
Moggy cat
Moither annoy (stop moitherin’ me) play
Mon man
Monny many
Musta must I play
Nay no play
Neet night play
Nesh cold (man its nesh) play
Noddy fool play
No nouse lack of intelligence play
Nought nothing
Nouse sense
Nowt nothing play
Oi I
Our peg my wife play
Owd old play
Owdo How do you do play - learn lancastrian
Owdonabit slow down, just a moment play
Owt anything play
Owtelse anything else play
Papper paper
Parky cold play
Peawnd pound
Po fagged exhausted
Pownd stressed
Reet right play - learn lancastrian
Scoo school play
Sell self (Mi sell)
Sez says
Shives slices of bread
Sin seen (av sin’nit)
Sken look (av a sken at this)
Slopstone draining board play
Smook smoke
Sparrowfart as in ‘I were up at crack o’ sparrowfart´ play
Spittin feathers thirsty play
Summat something (summat an nothin) play
T the
Tae tea
Tarra goodbye play
Tawk talk
Teem pour
Tek take play
Tha you play
Tha knows you know, aren’t you play
Th’art thow art
Thend the end play
Thee you
Theer there
Thewt thought
Thi you
thowt thought
thowd’man father play
thrutch push
towd told
tram stopper thick sandwich
umpteen plenty, several play
un and
up t’stick pregnant
utch move
uz we, us
uz’ll we will
wacked tired play
waggin wagon play
wain’t will not
wantsta want to
warrabowt what about play
wark work
watter water play
weer where
wesh wash
wetch watch
wi with
wilt will you
wimmin women play
worrel what will (worrel this do ya?)
wrang wrong
yawl you all
yed head
yerd heard

If you want to here more Lancashire dialect being spoken and sung then get thee sen over’t Lancashire Dialect poems pages

If you think anything above is wrong or would like to see your “Lancastrian” words up on this list, leave a comment on the Learn Lancastrian page below.

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40 thoughts on “Learn Lancastrian / Lancashire accent

  1. My Mother born in Oldham used to say.’arming after me’ meaning impersonating. I am not sure how arming was spelt.It could have been with an aitch.She also used to say ‘shap yer barrer’ meaning get your house in order.Shape your barrow for those born in England.I don’t like the way ‘ginnel’ is used today as a wide back alley.A ginnel is a narrow passage between two houses.Sometimes covered.The alleyway at the back of a house was referred to as simply’round t’back’ Mither is probably the most universally used Lanky word today.You hear that everywhere now possibly due to Coronation street.Charra is a great Lanky word and mard meaning soft.That becomes mardy towards St Helens and Liverpool.

      1. On that list he says bowt means bought. In Oldham it means without. As in, “I came out bowt coat”

  2. A long time ago I left Accrington along with much of my accent, for the sake of understanding in Europe and then Canada, but it’s only just beneath the surface and I often find myself thinking in Lancy.
    Two sayings which keep coming back to me and possibly very local to Accrington, are sneck (door latch) and woating o’er (rhymes with boating) which describes the after-lunch sit down and/or nap as a digestive aid.
    I’m sure with today’s mobility, that many local words and phrases are being lost, but 100 years ago it was not uncommon for people to live and die in their hometown and never venture much beyond.
    BTW, I have a business card from my own village outside of Accrington (Baxenden) dating back 100 years or so – it’s for Cuthbert’s (?) cake shop and undertakers! Multi-tasking eh?

    1. Thanks for those words Colin. I might start a “Give me your Lancastrian” page. Cake shop and Undertakers is quite amusing.

    2. Only in Lancashire. Can you imagine a card like that in Surrey? The Undertakers in Milnrow where my Grandma lived,had a sign in the window, “Join our Christmas club”

  3. I enjoyed a look at this list and think it is well worthwhile. I would like to offer ‘Nathen, how ist? or ‘Nathen howster doin? which i doubt needs explaining other than to say ‘Hello, how are you? I am sure there must be others

  4. My Lancy just kicked in once again, with deggin (might have ended with a G, but we don’t care for such things) It means watering or soaking, as in gardening (by means of a deggin can) or being caught in a sudden downpour.

  5. stone`int` step wit donkey stone. Scrubbing the front door step with hard stone, probably made in Ashton-u-lyne.
    Purit ith esole.
    Put it in the fire Hows tha kinder? how are the children.

  6. Raised in Warrington Lancashire by a Yorkshire grandmother, not sure which side of the Pennines “side the table” or “side the pots” meaniing clear that table, comes from. Can anyone shed light?

    1. Sidin’ t’table is definitely Lanky.
      Warrabeawt “called” (pronounced “cawd”) as in “Ah wer cawd gooin easy burra decidet stop in.”? It means “meant to be” or “supposed to be” in English.
      I’m from Hindley but lived in Yorkshire for 50+ years.
      Love the website. One slight negative comment or question. Why use Lancastrian? A Yorkshireman is never called a Yorkist! These names from the Wars of the Roses apply to 2 branches of the then royal family and had little or nothing to do with people from the 2 counties.
      At the battle of Towton Moor, for example, the Lancastrians were from York and Tadcastet, whilst the Yorkists came up from Oxford and “deawn south”.
      I’m a preawd Lancashireman but never a Lancastrian!

      1. Geoff, Lancastrian purely because it ranks higher in google (IE more hits) than Lancashireman. Plus thas gonna get thee in trouble fer usin masculine version o’t word.

      2. Citizens of York are called Yorkists as citizens of Lancaster are called Lancastrians. I am without doubt a Lancastrian, born in Oldham. Lancashireman is a bit laboured and excludes Lancashire women. Historically though you are right.

      1. I was brought up in Hindley to age 15, and lived in Yorkshire for 51 years. I can assure you that siding the table is from Lancashire.

    2. Kinder is German for children. Childer is a Lancashire word. I heard someone in Leigh use this quite recently.

  7. Words used by my grandmothers (from Abram and Leigh) seem to be unique to my family; at any rate I haven’t heard anyone else use them. I’d love to be proved wrong. The best example is the word “connyfodle”, which means something like “improvise” (e.g. “connyfodle pudding” means a dessert made out of leftovers). “Gobbin” (which I’m told is used in the Accrington area) was used by my grandmother and mother to mean the kind of person we’d now call a twit.

  8. My mother would say “I’m stopped fer bobbins” whenever there was “owt to do but nowt to do ‘t with”. She was born in Bolton where a cotton mill bobbin winder had to call out “stopped fer bobbins” if they ran out of bobbins to wind onto.

  9. As a lapsed Rochdalian and now fellow Littleborovian, can I offer ‘cruckle’ for the list? (to go over on one’s ankle). First time I used it in the presence of my other half (who’s from the Home Counties), she looked at me like I’d landed from Mars. It didn’t help the I suggested I put some nipbone on it…

  10. Not sure that I’ve heard “uz’ll” used as “we will”, but commonly meant “as will” or “that will”. eg “Ah need socks uz’ll keep mi feet wahrm.”
    Course you could awluz use wot’ll instead.

    1. as a kid in nelson we used to hear “uz’ll av ad’t if’ta git me ands on u’s ya lil get’s” by way to many people lol, or “uz’ll catch ya death.” when we ”wen o’t in’ts chuckin’t dawn”. always have trouble when im trying to write. is it yous’ell or uz’ell.

      1. definitely uz’ll not yous’ell which sounds more Liverpool to me. Does anyone remember ‘fawse’ or ‘foce’ and what that meant -maybe cheeky?

  11. Im actually from Lancashire and none of these things are true. Literally im a teenager and i got learnt none of these things when growing up in school, people might use nay or waggin for example waggin school. But we don’t have our own language. Even though adults sound and say things differently like that no kids these days talk like that even me.

    1. Riley, I don’t talk like that most of the time but this is historical Lancastrian and not what most of us use everyday. Hell, I’m from Rochdale and most of the time in Rochdale I struggle to even hear English. Over years our local language has become diluted but doesn’t mean that these words aren’t true, just not used as much as they used to be.

  12. What about “slurring”? It means sliding as on ice, not slurring as when drunk (though I suppose there’s probably a connection).

  13. Just looked up definition of slurring: “Middle English: originally as noun in sense ‘thin, fluid mud’, later as verb meaning ‘smear, smirch’, ‘disparage (a person)’, ‘gloss over (a fault)’.”
    Slurry has the same origin – sliding as on mud. Many Lancashire dialect words are from old English, even Viking origins. At school we were told that it was all a corrupted form of “proper” English – bobbins!

  14. I’ve got fond memories of being a kid and my mum shouting “stop mekkin’ eawt o’ neawt!” when I’d been bickering with next door’s lads. You can’t get more Lanky than that. Good times! You don’t get that anymore, which is a shame really.

  15. Great reading all those words, some very familiar some not but brought back memories of my childhood. But it’s not just the words it’s the accent and I still hear that when I talk to family or visit Preston and I find my accent reverting back to Lancastrian, its lovely.

  16. Born 1947 Aston u Lyne now living in Spain. It did occur to me some years ago that my grand children and now my great grand children would not understand a single word my grand mother spoke. She would refer to us, my brother and me as `kinder` is this of German origin or perhaps Anglo Saxon? Enyendup many of my Spanish friends and Nieghbours greet us in the Local bar with owat duwin , never better and alsithy. I`m not sure if this last is gramatically acurate, other think it si perhaps ast sithy. any Ideas, be glad to hear them. Its december an a mis thesole, still warm here.

  17. In our family in Bolton ‘mardy’ always meant someone too fussy about food (although probably resulted from being spoilt as a child)

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