Guess the Decade

When things are changing —whether they be styles (clothing, music, cars, etc), technologies (computers, tablets, smartphones), or anything else— those changes can be seen over time. The same is true of language. Like many other elements of society, our language is constantly changing, too: for instance, we don’t speak the same way, today, as Robert Burns did in the 1700s or as Walter Scott did in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Similarly, people who were living in Glasgow in the 1950s didn’t talk the same way as people who are living in Glasgow today. In this quiz, you will hear recordings of older speakers recorded in one of four decades: the 1970s, the 1980, the 1990s, the 2000s. Try to guess when each of them was recorded.


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