So, I’ll be honest: I started learning Gàidhlig by mistake. (Who else could possibly say they learnt a language by mistake #linguistproblems). Thinking back to my childhood, I had learnt some Irish in school, mere vocabulary words, which I recited for my aunt and her Irish family (from Ireland). And so, one day, I took to YouTube and I searched for Gaelic (mistake #1) and I came upon a program called “Speaking Our Language“. I binge-watched anything I could for the day and decided to start learning (Scottish [not Irish] Gaelic/Gàidhlig. I fell in love with the phonology and all its complexities.
- LearnGaelic: I like the format and the layout which it very user-friendly. I haven’t explored all the levels, but from what I saw, I liked.
- Beag air Bheag: This was the first resource I found whilst trying to uncover a treasure trove of Gàidhlig materials. What I particularly liked about this was that there was audio. To a beginner and an outsider of the Gaelicophone world, seeing things like lenition, and consonant and vowel combinations, it’s very dizzying without being able to hear it.
- Clilstore: Completely forgot what I was looking for on Google, but! I found this gem. What I love is authenticity of the language in video format with the text in Gàidhlig which is searchable through the Multidict dictionary. This is definitely not a beginner’s resource, unless you’re willing to swim in the deep end with the big kids.
- BBC Alba, Foghlam: The BBC has many resources which have helped me along my Gàidhlig studies. Just have to click around and discover.
- Taic: 55 lessons with supplemental PDFs on various grammar and vocabulary points. This is the second resource I had found after Beag air Bheag (above #2) when I was looking for more of an explanation of certain grammar points. There is also audio for certain lessons which helps.
- Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches: A collaborative project to preserve Gaelic and Scots recordings. There is a lot of rich material here.
- Teach Yourself Complete Gaelic: I was über-excited when I opened this from underneath the Christmas tree (#linguistquirks). I only wish that there would be more audio. They have it for the dialogues, and questions and answers pertaining to the dialogue, but I would like it for things like numbers, or inflected prepositions.
- Teach Yourself Essential Gaelic Dictionary: Can’t go wrong with a dictionary, unless it’s the wrong one.
- LearnBots Gaelic: Surprising find. Again, I love that the audio is by a native speaker. I like the iPad format a bit better than the iPhone, but I’m just being nit-picky.
- Stuth ionnsachadh na Gàidhlig air an Eadarlìon: Just found this one. Sweet.
- Litir bheag: These “Little Letters” have longer equivalents (for the more advanced Gàidhlig-speakers). There is usually an accompanied PDF with the written Gàidhlig and the English translation. d
- More resources to come…
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