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Farpais Ceist – Gaelic Pub Quiz

18 May

I’ve been learning Gaelic since January and that whole time I’ve been aware of the monthly Gaelic pub quiz in the Park Bar in Glasgow.  I’ve often thought that it would be a great thing to take part in – or at the very least to be there at the same time as others were taking part in it and let the Gaelic wash over me.  I love listening to people speaking fast, fluent Gaelic to a room of people and the rest of the room suddenly bursting into laughter.  Yes, I have no idea what has been said but it makes me want to be able to understand it even more.  However, as I’m a very new Gaelic learner, I figured it would be a long time before I reached the point where I was able to attend.  My Saturday Club tutor, (the fabulous) Josie, clearly disagreed and she invited my tutorial group to go along on Wednesday night this week and have a go.

Of course, organising a group of adults is like catching a fly in a matchbox.  Emails flew about all week and someone was missed because of a .com rather than a .co.uk but finally we had names and a (wet) concrete arrangement to meet.  Of course, it wasn’t straight forward.  The quiz starts at 8pm but I should be clear that it technically starts at 7.30pm to give you half an hour to get your answer sheet etc all sorted with questions from 8 o’clock.  One of us had said they would be there from 8pm and (because Josie couldn’t get there till after 9pm) he was given the name of someone who would help us with translations.  The next person would be there from 8.15pm, I’d be there around 8.30, and two more were coming around 9pm, plus Josie.  Confused?  So were we – and that was before we started on the questions!

Our first team members didn’t arrive until 8.30 in the end, and by this point they were on question 7 of round 3.  Our knowledge of Gaelic was therefore not an issue – there was no chance we were going to win regardless.  Thank goodness that wasn’t the point (though I’m fiercely competitive so maybe it was the point a little)…  I was quickly filled in on the 3 questions I’d missed when I turned up and was excited that I knew one of the answers!  (Mind you, I think everyone knows that the Spice Girls first number one was Wannabe.)  I should point out here that despite being fiercely competitive I have the general knowledge of a potato so am as much use as a chocolate teapot in quizzes.  We did go on to get the next 5 questions correct in a row but our run of good luck pretty much ended there.  In the end, we got 8 points out of 50 (when doing the questions and answers later we did realise that we would have got an extra 6 if we’d been there on time to hear the questions) so we were very much the losers, and yet we had such a good night that it really didn’t feel that way.

It was great to realise that we’d translated a couple of the questions correctly by ourselves and each of us was able to hear a variety of words we recognised.  It also helped increase our vocabulary because a lot of the questions followed the same structure and used similar vocabulary so we were able to get some good practice.  We all felt that even though we couldn’t have done it without our translators, Josie and Coinneach Combe, we’d had a really good time, we learnt a lot and we’ve already pencilled in next month’s quiz.  Maybe by the time we go to that quiz we’ll have learned how to translate all the jokes that were made at our expense…

We have chosen GME for our family for a number of reasons, but one of those was the opportunity to be a part of a community.  Our lives are becoming more insular – we know the names of so few of our neighbours and don’t get as involved as we once did.  The community aspect of Gaelic does appeal to me. Being able to join in this week was a great first step.

If you’re a newbie Gaelic learner like me and are encouraged to give it a go next time, I’d recommend befriending Gaelic Glasgow on Facebook because most months they give event notifications.  Otherwise the details are as follows:

  • The Gaelic Pub Quiz takes place on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 7.30pm at a cost of £2 per participant, and is in the Park Bar on Argyle St in Glasgow (the West End part of the street).
  • The next pub quiz should therefore be on Wed 20th June 2012.

Will we be seeing you there?

Oh, and I don’t think it was THAT funny that we thought that the island on which Ian Fleming wrote his first James Bond novel was the Isle of Skye.  I bet we’re not the only ones that didn’t know it was in Jamaica…

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