New Speakers

With this post I’ve decided to poke a bit of fun at those of us who are learning Gaelic as adults. Based on my experiences of learning Gaelic over 25 years in both Scotland and North America, I’ve compiled a list of some of the most common types (or stereotypes?) of adult Gaelic learners. Learning a language this way is called Second Language Acquisition (SLA) in linguistics. These days we are also called “New Speakers” in sociolinguistics. Academic study aside, though, we can still laugh and appreciate each other’s gifts and flaws. What kind of Gaelic learner are you? Depending on where you live and how you’re learning, you might fit into more than one category — or none of them!