What does it take to become a Brummie? We ask the people of Birmingham & got some top tips bab!

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
We take to the streets of Birmingham to get some top tips on how to be a Brummie

Birmingham may be a city diverse in culture, but hopefully there is also something unifying the people living here. The term Brummie encompasses far more than just the geographical location, so I'm here in Birmingham to find out the rites of passage to becoming a bonafide Brummie.

Catherine says: “What does it take to be a Brummie? Well, I suppose you've got to be born in the area, first of all. Live in the area, be familiar with it. So I'm not from here, so my observations are - actually I find Brummies to be friendly. Pretty direct and friendly. 

Hide Ad
Hide Ad
Seamus in Birmingham shares his thoughts on what makes Brummies stand outSeamus in Birmingham shares his thoughts on what makes Brummies stand out
Seamus in Birmingham shares his thoughts on what makes Brummies stand out | Local TV

Seamus says: “Well the first thing I'd say about Birmingham is there are no rights of passage. Birmingham is a very welcoming city, just about anybody can arrive here and you're made to feel welcome.

“That to me is one of the strengths of the city, it's diversity, and that in the main it's comfortable with that diversity. Not everybody is, but the vast majority of people here are. It's a great city, it doesn't sing its praises, it's laid back about its great history and doesn't always appreciate that. And I think that's why the rest of the country is comfortable about ignoring Birmingham, pretty much.”

Tom tells us how to identify a BrummieTom tells us how to identify a Brummie
Tom tells us how to identify a Brummie | Local TV

Tom says: “So you can identify a Brummie fairly easily from the way that they talk, the way they speak, and the way that they sort of describe things and use unique words to explain how things work in a Brumie way. I think that's probably the easiest way to identify someone that's from Birmingham, and the way that you know that that's where we're from, I'd say.

Ibrahim tells us what he thinks about BrummiesIbrahim tells us what he thinks about Brummies
Ibrahim tells us what he thinks about Brummies | Local TV

Ibrahim says: “I think people around here are quite open and are quite nice, so people are nice, so not everyone is just closed down. Let's say you wanted to ask a question to someone, people are quite open and friendly. Rather than if you go to London or Manchester, people are a bit closed down, you know what I mean? Yeah, from my experience.”

Hide Ad
Hide Ad
Stuart shares his observation of BrummiesStuart shares his observation of Brummies
Stuart shares his observation of Brummies | Local TV

Stuart says: “Brummies, when they're talking about their mum, it's always M-O-M mom, whereas everywhere else it's M-U-M mum.”

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.