Newcastle University offering Geordie classes for foreign students!

Published Monday, Dec 1 2014, 19:20 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Geordies are famous for their distinctive dialect, so it's probably not surprising it's left a lot of foreign students at Newcastle University confused.

So the educational establishment has now launched courses for those struggling with understanding the locals.

The first session of "Geordie For Speakers Of Other Languages" saw plenty of pupils attending to learn about "stotties", a type of North East bread, and getting "mortal" which is slang for drunk.

Tyne bridge, Newcastle

© Chris Hepburn

One chap was left baffled when he was asked on a bus: "How ya deein, bonny lad?" so it's understandable why the course has proven to be so popular.

Simon Underwood, who is leading the course, was quoted in the Daily Star explaining: "Geordie is not just an accent, it's a dialect and many international students find it hard to understand.

"The root of many Geordie phrases is in friendship and that is what we want to share."

Jin-Yu Chan, who is from Taiwan and currently studying at the uni, said: "It's hard to know what people are saying sometimes but everyone is always very friendly."

Maybe Cheryl Fernandez-Versini could make an appearance and offer the students some tips?!

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