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Studying in Scotland + Gaelic

i wanna study in Scotland (I'm from Germany), because I reallyyyy love the country. But I wonder if it is useful to speak Gaelic. I visited Scotland many times, I travelled through the whole country but it never seemed to me like there are many Gaelic speakers. :)

February 2, 2020



Wouldn't say that it would be "useful" but it would be really nice to. You'll only really get Gaelic speakers on the Highlands and Islands, in particular the western isles. (I've never been to Scotland, I've only heard of this from YouTube etc)


That's somewhat true.

There are in fact more Gaelic speakers in Glasgow than in the Western Isles, but the probability of hearing it and recognising it as Gaelic is significantly higher in the Highlands. You hear it a lot in Glasgow and Edinburgh, but they are big cities so you hear lots of languages there.


There are good Gàidhlig communities and renowned universities in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The National Gàidhlig College is @Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Part of the University of the Highlands and Islands on the Isle of Skye and most people in the Outer Isles have some Gàidhlig


Uibhist was the first place where I wished I understood at least how to pronounce the words because in some areas the street signs are Gàidhlig-only. If you go there and speak Gàighlig people will probably be happy. But you can survive pretty well with English. Maybe learn how to great people and say thank you and basics like that. About 7 years ago I saw street signs in English and a strange other language for the first time in the highlands, and Co-op had their food sectors labelled in Gaelic. However, you will hardly see a Gaelic sign anywhere in the lowlands. On the other hand, Gàidhlig is a completely weird language and is really fun. So why not give it a try?


The number of areas where Gaelic is used as the normal day to day language is limited although there are a substantial number of families where this is the default language. There are also Gaelic schools and an increasing number of learners. If you want to study Gaelic in Scotland then why not try Sabhal Mòr Ostaig the Gaelic college in Skye where there are short classes at Easter and in the summer and distance learning classes in addition to the full time course which cover up to degree level and beyond. There are a large number of Germans who are excellent Gaelic speakers and I know a couple in Glasgow who make their living though Gaelic. Alternatively there is a University in Germany which offers all the Celtic languages.

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    They speak some Gaelic in the western Isles like Lewis.


    That’s because that’s the way they do it in the Western Isles


    Nice to have, but not "useful" in the utilitarian sense as there is nobody left alive who speaks only Gaelic and is not also fluent in English.

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