First UK Bus employs 2,000 drivers in Glasgow, 9% of whom are from Eastern Europe, mostly Poland. For 2 years, Polish speaking employee Jimmy Lillis, a native Glaswegian, has been teaching these colleagues how to understand the local slang. Lillis explains the problem with Glaswegian. ‘When they first started, a lot of the Eastern European drivers found it strange that we don’t speak natural English,’ he says. ‘They came here thinking, ‘I’m quite good at English,’ but then, all of a sudden, somebody would say ‘Geez an aw day,’ and they’d be shocked.’
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