Language Learners

What’s the quickest way to start typing Scottish Gaelic accented letters (à, è, ì, ò, ù) on Mac, Windows, Android, or iPhone?

I put on my anthropology hat, dust off a previously unpublished conference paper, and look at how different Nova Scotia Gaelic users orient to place in culturally Gaelic ways, in the construction of their Gaelic identities.

Having a wedding ceremony in a Celtic language is fairly rare nowadays, but we were excited to try. Let me tell you the story of My Big Fat Gaelic Wedding (A’ Bhanais Mhór Ghàidhealach Dhà Rì-ribh agam)!

You may be thinking about learning Scottish Gaelic. If so, this blog post will give you an idea of where to start. You can follow a number of different paths to learn Gaelic, including online courses, local classes, and destination learning. This post will describe the general options are, and show you how to seek out the classes that best suit your learning style and budget.

A reader emailed me with this question: “Hello, I am interested in learning Gaelic. They stopped teaching it at secondary school the year we started, in 1959. I am also somewhat deaf and have to look at people’s mouths when they are speaking to me. Is it too late for me to learn Gaelic?” The short answer is: it is never too late to learn Gaelic! Find out why learning a new language such as Gaelic provides a host of benefits.

Blog readers asked for help with the Lord’s Prayer in Scottish Gaelic. so I’ve created some example videos with the help of other Gaelic-speaking friends for both Protestant and Catholic versions of the prayer. A pronunciation guide PDF is also available to email subscribers.

The Scottish Gaelic language is quite popular in Germany. A German reader asked me for advice because she was very interested in learning Gaelic but had encountered negativity from Gaelic speakers. I told her about the many connections between Germans and Gaelic, and asked several prominent German Gaelic speakers to give her advice.

I love the controlled chaos of a children’s Christmas pageant. Nothing ever goes exactly how it’s supposed to, but it’s always hilarious and heart-warming. In 2011 I wrote a Gaelic nativity play for Gaelic learners, motivated by the desire to integrate more family activities into the Gaelic events calendar.

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