Asylum seekers in Yorkshire are being taught local lingo such as ‘ey up’ and ‘ta love’

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ASYLUM seekers in Yorkshire are being taught the local dialect.

A 12-week course teaches them phrases such as “ey up” and “flippin’ ’eck”.

Newcomers to the area can find it hard to understand slang used by the likes of Yorkshire cricket legend Geoffrey Boycott
Newcomers to the area can find it hard to understand slang used by the likes of Yorkshire cricket legend Geoffrey Boycott

Many from Africa and the Middle East can speak a little English but are bamboozled by slang used by the likes of cricket legend Geoff Boycott.

Chris Baillie, of Bradford’s Forster College which runs the course, said: “Students would go out in the city and would come back and ask, ‘What does ‘ta love’ mean?’”

The courses started last June, with weekly classes holding up to 15 students.

Teachers use standard English pronunciation before switching to the Yorkshire version.

Many of the students are asylum seekers, and college staff say the classes make newcomers more confident in everyday conversations.


Teacher Kim Taylor added: “They want to know when to say ‘love’, they want to know when to say ‘ta-ra’ or ‘see you’ or ‘laters taters’. Instead of feeling like they’ve come to live in Yorkshire they feel like they belong here.”

Ahmad Maaitah, 52, a lawyer from Jordan, says he was able to teach a Londoner Yorkshire phrases on a trip to the capital after attending the classes.

Mr Maaitah, who has been in the UK a year, added: “The classes are fun. I learned phrases like ‘ta’, and ‘ey up’, ‘owt’ and ‘nowt’. I like them. What becomes ‘wha’ when in conversation.”

Learnin' t'lingo…

HERE are some phrases and words Yorkshire dialect students might learn.

Eeh by gum: Well, I never

Ey up, duck: Hello, my dear

Ahm fair t’middlin’: I’m not doing too badly, thank you

Be reight: It’ll be alright

Nerr smirkin’: One is not allowed to smoke

Doin’ me eddin: You are making me confused

Err Nerr: An expression of dismay

Yer fer-ever merning: You do complain a lot

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