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    Understanding The Manchester Dialect

    Manchester is famous for having its own distinct dialect. Just taking a quick walk through the city on your lunch will expose your ears to a whole new world of words and sounds. Some might make sense – some might not!

    If you’ve ever been a little confused when hearing certain words, phrases or pronunciations in Manchester, here is our quick guide to understanding the Manchester dialect.


    Our kid

    Pronounced “are kid” this phrase is used to refer to a sibling or close friend who is not necessarily a child.

    Example: “Our kid is coming round to mine tonight.”



    When someone in Manchester says “mint” they are not usually referring to the flavour or the refreshing breath mint. In Manchester, “mint” is a general positive term.

    Example: “I went to a festival last weekend and it was mint.”



    Not be confused with someone referring to the location of something, in Manchester “top” is another word for expressing positivity about something.

    Example: “Have you see the new Captain America film? It’s top!”



    Pronounced like “hanging” only with the h and g missing, this word is pretty much the opposite of mint. It’s used to describe things that are really not good.

    Example: “That burger I had last night was ‘angin’.”



    In Manchester, this simply means food.

    Example: “Let’s get some scran before the film starts.”



    This is a verb which is used in the place of “bother” or “annoy.”

    Example: “Stop mithering me, I’ll be ready soon” or “I can’t be mithered.”



    The Manchester way of saying chewing gum.

    Example: “Can I have a chuddy please?”


    Well good/Dead good

    Using either the word “well” or “dead” before the adjective “good” is to show that something is great. In effect, these words are used in place of the world “very.”

    Example: “Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones was well good.”



    This funny little word literally means “nothing.”

    Example: “Shall we get a takeaway? We’ve got nowt in.”



    Literally the opposite of “nowt” this word means “anything.”

    Example: “Is there owt good on the television tonight?”


    Swear down

    This small phrase is used by Mancunians to express the fact that they are telling the complete truth.

    Example: “I swear down I didn’t eat your last banana.”


    Of course, slang terms and phrases like these, that are quite limited to Manchester, means we won’t be teaching them at our Manchester English School. But they’re pretty useful to take note of if you plan on furthering your education, working and living in Manchester once your English language course is over!