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A different English

A different English

A different English

If you played football in a foreign country, would you learn the language?

Newcastle is home to the Geordie accent.Can you imagine if you had to understand a special accent as well? Newcastle United’s overseas players have to understand a famous English accent called Geordie. Geordie is the kind of English that people speak in Newcastle. In Newcastle’s regional accent, people say some vowel sounds differently: ‘house’ is pronounced ‘hoose’, and ‘town’ is ‘toon’.

Is it easy to learn Geordie?

Paolo, a Brazilian student at Newcastle University thinks so. “I found it hard at first to speak to local people, because I couldn’t understand what they were saying. I’m learning Geordie in the same way I learned English – by listening to the way people pronounce words, and by talking to people as much as I can. And my girlfriend is from Newcastle, so I’m getting better at understanding Geordie, especially now that I’m a member of the ‘Toon Army’.

What does the phrase ‘Toon Army’ mean?

St. James's Park is home to Newcastle Utd.Paolo explains: “It’s what we Newcastle United fans call ourselves. And when we’re watching a Newcastle United game, we all shout ‘Howay the lads!’ ‘Howay’ is a Geordie word meaning ‘Come on’, and ‘lads’ means ‘boys’. There’s even a big sign at the ground saying ‘Howay the lads’. The stadium where Newcastle play, St James’ Park, is right in the centre of the city. People shopping in the city centre know when Newcastle score because they hear the cheers from the thousands of supporters inside the stadium!

Has Newcastle United always had foreign players?

Newcastle's foreign players need to understand the Geordie accent.Newcastle United was one of the first major English clubs to sign overseas players back in the 1950s, when Chilean George Robledo joined the club. Other Newcastle stars have included French winger David Ginola, and Colombian striker, Faustino Asprilla. Now, nearly half of the squad are not from English speaking countries. They don’t have to speak fluent English, but they need to be able to communicate on the pitch. And off the pitch, they need a good understanding of Geordie as well.

So is Geordie English OK?

Paolo: “When I got to Newcastle, I was surprised, because the English I heard here was so different from the English I learned at school. But now I realise that there are lots of different kinds of English all over the world. And they’re all really useful. After three years living here, I’m happy when people say I have a Geordie accent. It’s who I am.”

Papiss Cisse celebrating a goal, Getty.

What did you understand?

 
How much did you understand?

If you played football in a foreign country, would you learn the language?

Can you imagine if you had to understand a special accent as well? Newcastle United’s overseas players have to understand a famous English accent called Geordie. Geordie is the kind of English that people speak in Newcastle. In Newcastle’s regional accent, people say some vowel sounds differently: ‘house’ is pronounced ‘hoose’, and ‘town’ is ‘toon’.

Is it easy to learn Geordie?

Paolo, a Brazilian student at Newcastle University thinks so. “I found it hard at first to speak to local people, because I couldn’t understand what they were saying. I’m learning Geordie in the same way I learned English – by listening to the way people pronounce words, and by talking to people as much as I can. And my girlfriend is from Newcastle, so I’m getting better at understanding Geordie, especially now that I’m a member of the ‘Toon Army’.

What does the phrase ‘Toon Army’ mean?

Paolo explains: “It’s what we Newcastle United fans call ourselves. And when we’re watching a Newcastle United game, we all shout ‘Howay the lads!’ ‘Howay’ is a Geordie word meaning ‘Come on’, and ‘lads’ means ‘boys’. There’s even a big sign at the ground saying ‘Howay the lads’. The stadium where Newcastle play, St James’ Park, is right in the centre of the city. People shopping in the city centre know when Newcastle score because they hear the cheers from the thousands of supporters inside the stadium!

Has Newcastle United always had foreign players?

Newcastle United was one of the first major English clubs to sign overseas players back in the 1950s, when Chilean George Robledo joined the club. Other Newcastle stars have included French winger David Ginola, and Colombian striker, Faustino Asprilla. Now, nearly half of the squad are not from English speaking countries. They don’t have to speak fluent English, but they need to be able to communicate on the pitch. And off the pitch, they need a good understanding of Geordie as well.

So is Geordie English OK?

Paolo: “When I got to Newcastle, I was surprised, because the English I heard here was so different from the English I learned at school. But now I realise that there are lots of different kinds of English all over the world. And they’re all really useful. After three years living here, I’m happy when people say I have a Geordie accent. It’s who I am.”

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Newcastle players celebrating in front of the Geordie fans, Getty.

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What different regional accents are there in your country?

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assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
08/04/2016
PS
3696
points

There are a lot of different accents in my country.


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assemjuve
08/04/2016 12:29
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3696

There are a lot of different accents in my country.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
05/03/2016
PS
3696
points

In the desert regions.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
05/03/2016 17:27
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3696

In the desert regions.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
14/12/2015
ME
3557
points

Spain for example has so many languages and accents. Then, Italy of course (the 'accent' from Naples has been recognized as a language for itself last year), France (with different accents because of the historical background of the inhabitants). But an absolut winner is Papua New Guinea where the number of tribal languages in the region range from 200 to over 700!!


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aragorn1986
14/12/2015 14:54
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Spain for example has so many languages and accents. Then, Italy of course (the 'accent' from Naples has been recognized as a language for itself last year), France (with different accents because of the historical background of the inhabitants). But an absolut winner is Papua New Guinea where the number of tribal languages in the region range from 200 to over 700!!

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MUGEMANYI
15/11/2015
RW
2320
points

Difficult words in document. It needs more efforts to understand everything from it.


MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
15/11/2015 20:19
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Difficult words in document. It needs more efforts to understand everything from it.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
28/10/2015
ME
3557
points

There are some different accents in MNE. The most difficult is to understand people from south parts of the country esp. from the Boca bay since they use some words that come from italian.


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
28/10/2015 16:16
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

There are some different accents in MNE. The most difficult is to understand people from south parts of the country esp. from the Boca bay since they use some words that come from italian.

Shefeek
06/10/2015
IN
1608
points

India and USA are the world's largest English speaking countries... Thanks for sharing this information.


Shefeek
06/10/2015 12:48
India
Manchester United
1608

India and USA are the world's largest English speaking countries... Thanks for sharing this information.

carlos real
27/03/2012
0
points

Brazil, is a big country too, and we have different accent, words and expressions as well. Some times it takes a period of time realize what those people from those regions want mean.


carlos real
27/03/2012 15:51


0

Brazil, is a big country too, and we have different accent, words and expressions as well. Some times it takes a period of time realize what those people from those regions want mean.

anissa1
21/03/2012
0
points

There are different regional accents in Spain. People from Andaluxia, Madrid, Extremadura, Cataluña or Galicia sepak different. The most strong accents are in Andalucia, Galicia or Asturias.

Regards
Anissa


anissa1
21/03/2012 11:05


0

There are different regional accents in Spain. People from Andaluxia, Madrid, Extremadura, Cataluña or Galicia sepak different. The most strong accents are in Andalucia, Galicia or Asturias.

Regards
Anissa

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In this article, you will:

Find out more about Newcastle United.

Learn a famous English accent called Geordie.

Learn and practise some new vocabulary.

 

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Recording Vocabulary

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Find out more. Use the internet to find where these accents are used:

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