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Additional media

Please could anyone suggest any additional media to support my scots gaelic course? This could be simple books, magazines etc, radio programmes, television programmes, films in fact anything that is simple enough for me to take an interest in.

February 5, 2020



I would recommend 'An Litir Bheag' on the Learngaelic site (also accessible through Reidio nan Gaidheal purely as podcasts). There are now 768 short passages on a variety of themes, complete with audio, transcription and translation. The audio is wonderfully clear and delightfully read and you can stop and start it. The level is higher than the DL course (B1 apparently), but it is real Gaelic rather than abstract exercises. No frogs on the floor as yet.

Here's a link: https://learngaelic.scot/litirbheag/index.jsp


Thank you very much for your reply, I will have a look


Similar to 'An litir Bheag' is the LearnGaelic SoundCloud webpage. It contains short audio passages narrating the contents of the site's weekly newsletter. In the comment section there is a transcription of the audio plus an English translation.



Tapadh leat/Tusen takk. 2 lingot for you. Unfortunately, they cannot be redeemed at my “locals” in Edinburgh - Sandy Bells nor in Oslo - The Scotsman. D


I think I also will be moving there from Duolingo in due course. Duolingo is a great start and fun to play with, but aside from the fact that the Gaelic course is still a very short tree, I find two main problems. The first is that it's too forgiving. The constant passing over of significant errors as mere "typos" so that the student is never forced to go back and repeat the question with the correct answer is bothering me, as is the fact that the practice lessons once you have completed a topic aren't nearly as challenging as the lessons you had to do to get the fifth crown.

These things could be fixed but Duolingo obviously has no interest in doing it as I have seen concerns about them raised that go way back before the Gaelic course even existed. They're more interested in putting silly racially stereotyped cartoon figures beside the questions, and making the topics easier to pass with less repetition, neither of which are positive developments.

The other problem is that you do the entire course without ever having to say a word of Gaelic. That's inevitable given the format, but it's a prime reason to move on. You need to speak, and what's more you need someone to hear you speak, someone who can say, no that's not quite right, try again like this.

Duolingo is a great way to get some basic grammar and some basic vocabulary into your head, but I don't see how it can ever be more than a stepping stone. I've discovered from the learngaelic web site that there are real live evening classes in a school only nine miles from me, and I think I'm going to phone someone.


I've just had a look at the old 1979 BBC TV Gaelic course called "Can Seo" which is on YouTube. Poor video definition in 4x3 and the styles are just atrocious, but it's covering very similar material to the Duolingo course I think. Might be worth checking out. I think you'll either love it or hate it.

I note it translates "bonnaid" as "tammy" which might make more sense than "bonnet".


Thank you for your kind reply, I will go to you tube and look


MimiMcC99999 posted links to two lists. Here is that forum discussion link:


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