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Gaelic resources for learners

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Fred Riley
7 October 2010

Below are just some online resources for learners of Scots Gaelic: which make all or most of their content freely available. Please suggest other resources.


Beag air Bheag. A complete online multimedia Gaelic course for beginners from the BBC, with audio and video clips, phrase books, self-assessment, grammar, songs, and even a soap opera.

Colin and Cumberland. A great beginner's course for children and regressing adults. Have fun whilst learning. A user-friendly site aimed squarely at beginner and intermediate learners of Gaelic, with links, news, events, teaching resources, and more. You can register and get a regular email newsletter. An interesting touch is that many pages are available in English, simple Gaelic, and Gaelic. A new initiative set up in 2009, it's coming on apace and the site is constantly updated with news and events. Well worth subscribing to.


Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh. Roddy Maclean's very popular podcast for learners, published every Friday with a transcript, vocabulary and language points. There's also a Litir Beag for beginners.

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TAIC. Over 50 lessons for Gaelic learners of all levels, in HTML and PDF formats, with audio files, grammatical appendices, supplements, vocabularies, and a pronunciation guide. These are very much in the traditional didactic style, highly grammar-oriented. If you want to find rules on the formation of cases, verb tenses, prepositions, etc, this is the place to go. NB: Users of proper browsers (not Microsoft's bugware Internet Explorer) may have problems with the opening menu, but this can be bypassed by a direct link to the lessons.

Somhairle MacGill-Eain Online. A website dedicated to the life and works of the famous Gaelic poet from Raasay, administered by the Sorley MacLean Trust (Urras Shomhairle) and funded by a range of Gaelic bodies. As well as his poems, the site includes a Media Room with archive films and broadcasts including many featuring himself reading his own work. These recordings bring the poetry alive for those not fluent in reading Gaelic from text, Site text is in Gaelic and English.

Làrach nam Bàrd. A BBC site dedicated to Gaelic-language poets of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Each poet has a section with background, topics, poetry, criticism and references. An excellent resource for students of Gaelic poetry, with video recordings of poetry, interviews and criticism in Gaelic. Poetry and site text in Gaelic. Recommended.

Wikipedia Irish. An Irish-language section of the contributory, open source online encylopedia.

Firefox sa Ghàidhlig. A version of Firefox with a Gaelic language interface. Tràl an lìon anns a' Ghàidhlig!

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Niall Watts
4:19pm 22 January 2013

Good to meet you here too (as well as ALT listserv). As an irrelevant aside, I spent a week in sunny Skye last May.

Go raibh mile maith agat

Fred Riley
9:49pm 22 January 2013

Tapadh leat, a Nèill. Tha mi 'n dòchas gun do chòrd riut an Eilean Sgìtheanach. An island which, with its 'soft' weather, fully deserves the alternative name Eilean a' Cheo, but a beautiful place even when the weather's dreich.

You've reminded me that I should really make a point of updating this Cloud, which I set up ages ago for testing but then forgot about. Watch this space...

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