Gaelic Weblinks

People tell me that Gaelic is a very difficult language to learn.  At this point I can’t confirm or deny that because I’m just at the very beginning of my language learning.  What I have learned is that there is a large Gaelic community – both online and “in the flesh” in Glasgow, and there is a wealth of information and support for Gaelic learning online.  I have bookmarked some of my favourite sites and thought I’d share them with you here.  I hope that some of them may be useful to you.

Online Learning

http://www.bbc.co.uk/alba/foghlam/learngaelic/ The BBC website gives links to Gaelic learning and information.  It’s not all in Gaelic which makes it a little easier to navigate, and there are good resources for learners – young and old.

http://ww2.highland.gov.uk/highland_council_gaelic_toolkit I find this a useful website with good language for use in the classroom and sound clips for each phrase – much easier than relying on English phonetic pronunciations.

http://www.learngaelic.net/index.jsp “A one-stop shop for anyone and everyone interested in learning Scottish Gaelic.”

http://www.taic.me.uk/taic.htm I haven’t delved into this properly but it looks like it could be useful.

Courses

http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/Foghlam/Tagh-Cursa/Air-Astar/Cursa-Inntrigidh/index_en.html This is the course that I’ve enrolled on.  I haven’t started it yet so can’t say whether it’s good or not.  Fingers crossed!

http://www.ulpan.co.uk/u/ Ùlpan looks like a great way to learn a language, at least on paper.  The recommendation is that you attend at least 2 1.5hour sessions a week so they do require you to have free time to go along to classes but they are a popular option.

www.ilascotland.org.uk If you earn less than £22,000 a year you may be eligible for a grant towards registered courses.

Gaelic Medium Education

www.gaelic4parents.com This is a website that aims to pull together lots of resources for families involved in or interested in GME.  It’s easy to navigate and has lots of information for families who are considering this option.

http://www.glasgowgaelic.glasgow.sch.uk/default.aspx This is the Glasgow Gaelic School that we hope to send our children to.

http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/gaidhlig/ionnsachadh/bgfp/bgfp.txt A list of simple vocabulary for parents.  It looks like a good list but you need to be able to pronounce Gaelic to use it so probably not for a total beginner.

http://www.parant.org.uk/ Information for parents on Gaelic medium education.

http://www.feisean.org/en/gaelic-learning/education.php

Online Community

http://www.foramnagaidhlig.net/ A forum of Gaelic speakers – from complete beginners (like me) to fluent, native speakers.  This is where you can find the Gaelic 2012 forum.

2 Responses to “Gaelic Weblinks”

  1. Magaidh Wentworth January 31, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    Information for parents on Gaelic medium education.

    • gaelicmediummum January 31, 2012 at 10:36 am #

      Thank you! I’ve added it in. There are so many bits and pieces of information that it’s easy to forget some.

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