Toning Down the Scottish Accent for Public Christian Preaching


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Good evening and I hope this message finds you well.

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Recently, I’ve been posting some EBook Excerpts from our Third EBook Package, ‘Back to Basics – Seen and Heard’ and it reminded me of some of the challenges we experienced when we carried out the final edits on the texts.  One of the things I tried so hard to do was to make sure that the original text which Mr M’Kendrick wrote, remained the same throughout as to give his writing some real justice however, the thing we did need to edit in many places, was his use of a broad Scottish Accent in his writings. Now, I’m broad Scottish so I could understand very well what he was writing but I knew many others just wouldn’t understand, so we had to change it just enough to ensure any reader could understand.

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Scotland, like most places in the world, has a varying accent throughout the country and us Scots can usually tell where an individual comes from by just listening to their voice however up here, you don’t need to travel far to hear the changes in accents.  We live in Elgin which is about 6 miles inland from Hopeman on the Northern Coast and the difference between broad Elgin and broad Hopeman is very noticeable,  it’s amazing how little you can travel in any direction, to hear a different take on the Scottish Accent. ‘Seen and Heard’ actually reflects this quite well as the revivals took place very close to one another, so each time James wrote word for word what a person said, he wrote it how it sounded so it needed to be changed before we made it available.

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Like I said, I’m quite a Broad Scottish individual and it’s something which I always need to be aware of when I’m preaching publicly and especially so when I get passionate in my preaching. There’s times during preaching when you either get extremely passionate about what you’re preaching or if the Spirit of God really comes upon you in a message and it’s then the Scottish Accent needs toned down, or few would understand what I’m saying. I think it’s just something you learn over time and in truth, it’s only fair to the Christian hearer, I wouldn’t want to sit through a sermon if I couldn’t understand what the individual was saying.

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So in both our EBook and Audio Sermons, I have toned down the Scottish Accent and writings as much as I can to ensure any individual understands exactly what’s being said so I do hope the audios come across well.  God bless tonight and if you’re visiting our Bookshop for the first time, I hope you enjoy our articles.

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God bless

Steven

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About Pastor Steven

Steven Birnie is a former local Church Minister and the author of Christian publications which include non-fiction, fictional and teaching eBooks with audio sermons. From the north-east coast of Scotland, Pastor Steven is married to Sharon and together, they have two young children called Emily and David. After seven years of training, three years of overseeing youth and young adults and, three years of being the Assistant Pastor in his local Church, Pastor Steven moved on to focus on writing Christian Publications. In the future, he hopes to open a Christian Children’s Home in his home town and write The Tribulation Soldier, his newest Series of Fictional, Military EBooks on the End Times, the Rapture and the Tribulation Period, as a 2.5 Million Word Series. But despite continuing pastoral work and writing, Steven remains devoted to his children, enjoying his family life with caravan holidays in the Highlands, fishing, canoeing and his favourite pastime, riding his motorbike through the Scottish countryside.