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Nova Scotia "Cape Breton Island"

I believe that some people in Cape Breton Island practice and try to keep Gaelic alive. Is this true ?

Maybe something to look for the next time I go the Cape Breton Island.

November 27, 2019

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[deactivated user]

    Yes. There's a plenty. They are the ancestors of those who were estentially evicted from Scotland during the Highland Clearances. Gaelic is the mother tongue of many elderly residents. However, there is a major revival among youth as well to the point that some families are beginning to raise their children through Gaelic once again. Nova Scotia is also home to a thriving Gaelic culture, a Gaelic college, and even a Gaelic language board. You may wish to follow this YouTube channel... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NixBHKiO7E


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nanase4367

    I was told in the forums that some people in Cape Breton speak Scottish Gaelic. Nova Scotia is actually New Scotland in Latin, and even the Duolingo description of the Scottish Gaelic course mentions it has speakers in the province.

    When I went years ago I never saw any Gaelic signs, I guess I didn't go to any place on the island with Gaelic signs.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maf654321

    Quite a few places these days have Gaelic signs on Cape Breton and elsewhere in Nova Scotia. Examples are plentiful on Google Images: https://www.google.com/search?q=cape+breton+gaelic+signs&tbm=isch


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wildswansatcoole

    In 2000 we were holidaying in Nova Scotia, and spent a few days in Cape Breton - we didn't hear any Gaelic but we saw shop signs and bought a newspaper in Gaelic - delighted that our Irish allowed us to understand some of it!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marie_Wolf

    Yes! If you ever travel around there you can meet locals who speak the language. The road signs are also bilingual -> English and Gaelic.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JimThibaul

    The interesting thing is I know Nova Scotia had many French communities. They fly proudly the Acadian flag, I do think I seen a folk singer on a video somewhere, she sings Gaelic. Wish I remember where I seen the video and her name.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maf654321

    You’re probably thinking of Mary Jane Lamond, who does sing in Gàidhlig.


    [deactivated user]

      The Rankin Family!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JimThibaul

      Maybe but the Rankin Family sings in English ? The music was very beautiful with the backdrop of the Cabot Trail, I did not understand a word she was singing, but this was long before Duolingo was a thing.


      [deactivated user]

        The Rankin Family sings in both Gaelic and English. Many of their early albums, in particular, are full of Gaelic.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ForrestBea3

        Yes! lot's of community learning groups. There are still people there that spoke it from childhood. The number of fluent speakers is actually growing

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