Gàidhlig

Scottish Gàidhlig

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.

  1. 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. LearnGaelic
  2. 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. BeagAirBheag
  3. Multidict Multidict
  4. 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. ClilstoreGaidhlig
  5. BBC Alba, Foghlam: The BBC has many resources which have helped me along my Gàidhlig studies. Just have to click around and discover. Foghlam
  6. 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. TAIC
  7. Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches: A collaborative project to preserve Gaelic and Scots recordings. There is a lot of rich material here. Tobar
  8. 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. TYGaidhlig
  9. Teach Yourself Essential Gaelic Dictionary: Can’t go wrong with a dictionary, unless it’s the wrong one. O_o GaidhligDictionary
  10. 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. LearnBotsGaidhligVerb
  11. Stuth ionnsachadh na Gàidhlig air an Eadarlìon: Just found this one. Sweet. Stuth
  12. 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. LitirBheagd
  13. More resources to come…

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