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> Wan Aw Day Ana Hauf Fir The Wean, Ah the Glasgow banter...
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post 21st Apr 2009, 10:25pm
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One enterprising Glasgow bus driver is to be rewarded for taking the time to help east European bus drivers working in Glasgow better understand the local dialect. First Glasgow bus driver, James Lillis, will be presented with an award at the STUC conference in Perth for his innovative approach to helping immigrant bus drivers with their language skills.

James, who has driven buses in and around the city of Glasgow for more than 30 years, took a basic Polish language course to assist foreign drivers unravel the more challenging words and phrases emploted by the city's traveling public.

Almost 10% of First Glasgow bus drivers are from eastern Europe, most are Polish, but other drivers come from Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Mr Lillis, who, in addition to his language-learning exploits, is also a Unite union representative for eastern European drivers said:
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"When new employees come to Scotland and hear the Glasgow accent, it can be a problem. We help them translate and understand Glaswegian so they can do their job. It's a brilliant thing to help others grow in confidence as they strengthen their everyday skills."

Mr Lillis went on to tell how the biggest challenge for new foreign drivers was not learning English, but adapting their limited English skills to accommodate Glaswegian. He added:
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"A lot of them understand normal English, having been taught it at school, but when they come the Glasgow, they cannot make out a word people say. They expect people to speak English such as 'the black cat walked across the road', so find it very, very strange the way people in Glasgow talk.

They have trouble making out the meaning of phrases such as 'big man' and 'nae bother'."

Johann Lamont, Mr Lillis' local MP in Pollok said:
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"I was delighted to learn of James' fabulous success. His role in developing the learning centre, and his tireless work in supporting his fellow Polish workers to integrate within their community, is an inspiration that speaks powerfully of everything that is best about trade unions and trade unionists."

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post 22nd Apr 2009, 01:07am
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We could do with an interpreter down here, just to help communicate with abrupt influx of non English speaking members of Safegas nee CORGI, registered gas installation engineers.

An explosion is waiting to happen.

Watch oot, there is a Ferret aboot!

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post 22nd Apr 2009, 06:46am
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....and a mighty fine futtrit he is too , but does he drive a bus Rabbie?


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post 22nd Apr 2009, 07:28am
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BTW, for the Polish bus drivers out there not benefiting from Mr Lillis' skills, "Wan Aw Day Ana Hauf Fir The Wean", means, "One all day ticket* and a half-fare for a child"!

* An all day ticket allows unlimited travel on First Glasgow buses for a whole day. I used to know the price, but FG puts its fares up with such regularity that it is difficult to keep up!

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post 22nd Apr 2009, 08:21am
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Ah'm likin' Peter W. Alexander mair and mair every day wink.gif Congratulations Mr.Lillis, yer a credit tae us. biggrin.gif


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post 22nd Apr 2009, 10:40am
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I wish I had had someone like him in this neck of the woods when I arrived in "Lšndli" thinking I could speak, and understand, German.
"Allemannisch" is definitely not your common or garden version,


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post 24th Apr 2009, 10:24am
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I watched this gentleman on t.v. news last night, found it amusing. However, learning english can be difficult. Why can't passengers speak properly then perhaps they'd be understood.
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post 25th Apr 2009, 10:44am
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QUOTE (Java @ 22nd Apr 2009, 08:50am) *
Ah'm likin' Peter W. Alexander mair and mair every day wink.gif Congratulations Mr.Lillis, yer a credit tae us. biggrin.gif


Im with you on that one Java,...Now thats "man"kind" for you...should be more of it, kudo's to you Mr Lillis, welldone!


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