10. Introductory handsel

A Scots word and example sentence to learn:

  • Voar [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]
  • Definition: The spring of the year.
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    • Example sentence: Fir da voar an hairst quarters dan schule wis oot o da question.
    • English translation: For the spring and harvest quarters then school was out of the question.

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Fir da voar an hairst quarters dan schule wis oot o da question.

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Fir da voar an hairst quarters dan schule wis oot o da question.

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Springtime in Shetland

Related word:

Example sentence: Hairst ‘ll soon be here, an aa da wark dat brings.

Example sentence: Autumn will soon be here, and all the work that brings.

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Hairst ‘ll soon be here, an aa da wark dat brings.

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Hairst ‘ll soon be here, an aa da wark dat brings.

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The autumn colours in this photo are illustrative of crofting life in Shetland and the different stages the different crofters will work through within Hairst. Some have just cut their crops from the fields (now stored for winter), some fields were cut earlier in the season and are already turning green again, other fields are completely green and suitable for the sheep and cattle to graze upon again

10.1 McColl Millar’s Modern Scots