I’m back to work but missing life on Lewis. Glasgow can be an ugly place to live sometimes and I don’t know the next time I’ll be able to fly a kite, walk a dog along a beach or fish a beautiful loch. So it’s back to pubs, clubs and acts of random violence…
To keep me busy I’m going to learn a bit of the Gaelic. I did a wee bit in school and my pronunciation is probably pretty good having listened to enough folk speak and sing it over the years but it should make for a good challenge.
I’ve started with Teach Yourself Gaelic which is a CD and book covering the very basics to begin with. I’m also about to sign up with An Cùrsa Inntrigidh at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, an access to Gaelic distance learning course over the next year or the Gaelic 1/2/3, the Gaelic open learning course at Lews Castle UHI.
So this week’s lesson is the joys of broad and slender vowels, dipthongs and consonants!
If you’re a non speaker too and fancy learning a few words then have a click through Beag Air Bheag or go sign up for a course yourself.
PS Now this I did not know: Scottish Gaelic is written with just 18 letters each of which can be ascribed to a tree.
|A a||B b||C c||D d||E e||F f||G g||H h||I i|
|L l||M m||N n||O o||P p||R r||S s||T t||U u|
So there you go.