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Scottish Gaelic?

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Now that Welsh is rising in the ranks, is there any chance we might be seeing a Scottish course on the horizon?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/EricaHarley

Hm. I hope so.

Scottish Gaelic is spoken in Scotland (Alba), mainly in the Highlands (a' Ghaidhealtachd) and in the Western Isles (Na h-Eileanan an Iar), but also in Glasgow (Glaschu), Edinburgh (Dùn Eideann) and Inverness (Inbhir Nis). There are also small Gaelic-speaking communities in Canada, particularly in Nova Scotia (Alba Nuadh) and on Cape Breton Island (Eilean Cheap Breatainn). Other speakers can be found in Australia (Astràilia), New Zealand (Sealainn Nuadh) and the USA (Na Stàitean Aonaichte).

According to the 2011 census, 87,100 people reported having some knowledge of Scottish Gaelic. 32,400 could undertand, speak, read and write Gaelic, 57,600 could speak Gaelic, 6,100 could read and/or write Gaelic, but not speak it, and 23,400 could understand Gaelic, but not speak, read or write it. The areas with the highest proportion of Gaelic speakers (48.9%) were Highland, Eilean Siar (Western Isles) and Glasgow City. Overall 1.7% of the population of Scotland has some Gaelic.

So, yeah, Scottish Gaelic would be pretty cool to have on Duolingo. :)


Here's where you can learn some Scottish Gaelic:

Fuaimean na Gàidhlig - The Sounds of Gaelic:

Gaelcast - Podcasts anns a' Ghàidhlig:

iGaidhlig - software sa Ghàidhlig:

Gälisch für Einsteiger (Scottish Gaelic lessons in German):

Scottish Gaelic phrases:


Online Scottish Gaelic dictionaries:


Scottish Gaelic translation:

Free community-based translations/Aistriúcháin dheonacha ón bpobal:

An Darach - Scottish Gaelic Translation:


Scottish Gaelic language radio, TV and videos:

Radio nan Gàidheal - online Gaelic language radio:

Sgeul Nan Gaidheal - Gaelic programme on Moray Firth Radio:

BBC Alba - Gaelic TV:

Gàidhlig air YouTube:

Cainnt mo Mhàthar - videos and audio recordings of Gaelic speakers from Nova Scotia:


Interesting notes:

  • The only word in these examples that is similar in all the languages is name: ainm (Irish), ainm (Scottish Gaelic), ennym (Manx), anv (Breton), hanow (Cornish) and enw (Welsh).
  • The word for what - Cén (Irish), De (Scottish Gaelic), Cre (Manx), Petra (Breton), Pyth (Cornish) and Beth (Welsh) - illustrates one of the sound differences between the branches of the Celtic languages. In the Gaelic languages, apart from Scottish Gaelic, it starts with C, which is why they are called Q-Celtic languages (this sound is sometimes written with a Q in Manx), while in the Brythonic languges it starts with p or b, which is why they are known as P-Celtic. Both sounds developed from the Proto-Celtic [kʷ].
  • There are more similarities within each branch of these languages than between the branches (Gaelic and Brythonic), and the Gaelic languages are closer to one another than are the Brythonic languages.
2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando
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thanks for this post

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ConnorMaichle
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That would be amazing! Scottish Gaelic has fewer speakers, but we already have Irish and Welsh! However, Irish and Welsh are mandatory in state schools in Ireland and Wales. Scottish Gaelic, however, is not mandatory in Scottish schools. I think there is much less of a chance, but I don't see why not... it will be in a while though, I think.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sapphireoceanELF

I would love to learn Scottish Gaelic, I'm Scottish and I've only ever met one person who speaks it, the younger generations don't really learn it anymore and it's mainly the older generation who speaks it. I hope we could bring it back with Duo's help! :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Linaria1
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If you want to meet people who speak it, the Gaelic community in both Glasgow and Edinburgh are quite good. I'll suggest some great events if you'd like :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nimg.italy

I really do hope that Scottish Gaelic becomes a course here on Duo.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Linaria1
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As a student of Scottish Gaelic at university, I truly hope so! It's a beautiful language, and I wish it was available to more people. We need to keep this language alive!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KyledelPue
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I hope so. The Gaelic languages (aside from Welsh) are in a pitiful state. I found this website that might quench your thirst: https://www.saysomethingin.com/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mwyaren
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Welsh is not Gaelic, but Brythonic. both Gaelic and Brythonic fall into Celtic languages.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KyledelPue
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I always get Gaelic and Celtic mixed up.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PfifltriggPi
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I hope so. I really want this language. It would be so cool. (Could we have Breton and Cornish too?)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KyledelPue
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Here's a website for Cornish: https://www.saysomethingin.com/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
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If learning languages by correspondence-course lessons is your thing, try out KDL: http://www.kesva.org/KDL

It's how I started my journey into Cornish, and I found it extremely useful to have a real teacher at the other end of the email connection who would not only correct my homework but also answer questions.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jackmchugh12

I really hope so!! Check out my post on Scottish Gaelic:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7488906

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/XD29
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I hope so too!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
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I want it! Very into European Isles languages :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnneHardman0

Yeeeeessssssssssss please! But, can it be Highland Scottish??? My people are mainly from Glengarry and Lochalsh. What was the dialect spoken in these places in the early 1800s???

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CelticJasen

Let's hope for it and vote for it in all the polls and discussions we can find.

1 month ago