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Atlantic Gaelic Academy

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Learn Gaelic from home.  The Atlantic Gaelic Academy has developed a unique system to deliver its program anywhere in the world …

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31 August 2016 · 19:57

Google recognises Gaelic for first time… You can now translate anything into Scots language – Press and Journal

Google recognises Gaelic for first time… You can now translate anything into Scots language

Source: Google recognises Gaelic for first time… You can now translate anything into Scots language – Press and Journal


 

Two things:  Firstly, I always understood the language was “Scottish Gaelic”, not “Scots Gaelic”; and, secondly, I’ve tried it a few times now, both ways – English to Gaelic, Gaelic to English – and Google Translate has failed to accurately translate anything between the two.

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Total Immersion Training – Scottish Gaelic

London TIPDo live in London?
Want to learn Scottish Gaelic?
Here is the chance to learn through immersion.
See the poster above for details.

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8 February 2016 · 20:52

Gaelic Tutorial – Week 2

I had my second tutorial with the Atlantic Gaelic Academy today.   I am enjoying these tutorials as, thus far, the focus in on listening, speaking, and conversing and I am being pulled up on my accent, and am learning much more about how to use my mouth to produce the non-English sounds.

Today’s tutorial was a little difficult, as out of my two fellow students, one did not turn up, and the other kept dropping out due to weather issues affecting their internet connection.  Quite a bit of time was spent, therefore, with my tutor giving me phrases at speed, and my having to (a) translate them; and then (b) answer them.

I used the phrase “Can sin a-rithist gu mall” quite a bit, I have to say.  It was interesting, and quite fun.  I’m feeling a little more confident about my listening, and speaking but not too much as the phrases were very basic.

I have been given the details of another student who is at a similar level to me, whom I hope to connect with this weekend for practice.   I could do with practice, as I have quite a bit of new vocabulary – and, in turn, new pronunciations – to learn before joining the regular class.

I’m finding myself excited to be studying Gaelic again.

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Atlantic Gaelic Academy

This morning I had my first, three hour long tutorial with the Atlantic Gaelic Academy.  I chose to start with the beginner’s course, because, despite having already done some study, I just don’t feel confident speaking Gaelic.   I’m glad I did.  I had known my pronunciation (i.e. accent/blas) wasn’t good, because I could hear the difference between what I was hearing, and what I was saying.

I’m so glad I decided to take the course.  Although my translation skills are good at this level, my accent was indeed poor, and our tutor spent considerable time ensuring we could produce the correct sounds.  I had picked up some rather bad habits from my earlier studies, so going over the sounds, and unlearning and learning properly those I had been enunciating incorrectly was a pleasure.   I think knowing that I wasn’t producing the rights sounds to be understood when speaking contributed to my lack of confidence in having conversations.  I think this course with the Atlantic Gaelic Academy will help build my confidence.

I look forward to my next tutorial, especially since I will have time to do the homework from now on.

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Common Space – Gary Elliot: The best way to support Gaelic is to learn it, and here’s how to do it

Scottish news and politics, analysis and opinion. Scotland’s political social media hub. CommonSpace columnist Gary Elliot says the best way to combat negativity around Gaelic is to learn it and cement its place in Scotland.

Source: Common Space – Gary Elliot: The best way to support Gaelic is to learn it, and here’s how to do it

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