Beag air Bheag introduces you to basic Gaelic. These resources are a guide to learning more about Gaelic language and grammar and we hope they help you to continue your learning journey.
Atlas Airson Alba
- (An Atlas For Scotland)
- Author(s): Collins-Longman
- Publishers: Acair / PRG
- ISBN: 0 86152 150 1
Although aimed at Primary-schools, this all-Gaelic atlas is useful for extending your knowledge of Gaelic geography - in particular, place names and counties. As well as many full-colour maps, the atlas has separate sections on basic geography, the environment, and land use.
Bòrd na Gàidhlig
Bòrd na Gàidhlig works to promote Gaelic, and strives in partnership with the Scottish Government, the people of Scotland and the Gaelic organisations to improve the status of the language. It is a priority for Bòrd na Gàidhlig to increase the number of Gaelic speakers and users, and that Gaelic and its culture are respected and esteemed throughout Scotland .
Brigh nam Facal
- Author(s): Richard A Cox
- Publishers: Clann-Tuirc
- ISBN: 97895497334
Although aimed at Primary schools, this all-Gaelic dictionary may extend your knowledge of Gaelic words. This can also be used as a thesaurus.
Clì represents and supports Gaelic learners in ways relevant to a modern society that is proud of a rich cultural heritage. You'll find information on more resources and courses for learners of all levels.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
(Local authority for the Western Isles) www.cne-siar.gov.uk/
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's website has most of its content in Gaelic and English. There are also extensive links to sections on Gaelic language and culture.
(Comunn na Gàidhlig) www.cnag.org.uk
CNAG supports the development and preservation of the Gaelic language; information about their projects, services, campaigns, publications, and contacts.
Dòigh Eile air a Ràdh
- Author: Donald Iain Macleod
- Publishers: Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig
- ISBN: 1 897873 79 4
This is a brief thesaurus for some common Gaelic words and phrases. It was originally written for Gaelic-medium primary schools but its lively approach will make it ideally suited to learners.
Dwelly's infamous dictionary was first published between 1901 -1911. Despite its age, Dwelly remains the most popular Gaelic dictionary. This online version includes something not available in print, an English-to-Gaelic version!
The Essential Gaelic-English Dictionary
- Author: Angus Watson
- Publishers: Birlinn Ltd
- ISBN: 1 874744 92 0
This recently-published reference work has many features to help the learner, including idiomatic phrases and illustrative examples. It also provides close analysis of the different meanings of some Gaelic words. There is also emphasis on words and phrases useful in IT.
Faclair na Pàrlamaid
- Author(s): (various)
- Publishers: The Scottish Parliament
- ISBN: 1 84268 904 5
This is the dictionary of terminology relevant to Scotland's parliament. For instance it contains translations of the names of Acts of Parliament and Scottish Executive departments, as well as suggested formal and informal registers useful for expressing political and social concepts in Gaelic. However, it is also useful as a general purpose reference work, especially for learners who wish to follow Gaelic current-affairs. It is organised in Gaelic-English and English-Gaelic sections.
Gaelic Dictionary - Teach Yourself Series
- Author(s): (various)
- Publishers: Hodder
- ISBN: 0 340 75341 2
With over 24,000 definitions, this Gaelic-English and English-Gaelic dictionary allows you to access a variety of usage and expressions and keep up to date with contemporary Gaelic.
Gaelic Resource Database
The Gaelic Resource Database is a collection of lists and information on a wide variety of Gaelic educational resources (such as books, periodicals, poetry and song, proverbs and local history).
Gràmar na Gàidhlig
- Author(s): Michel Byrne
- Publishers: Storlann-Acair
- ISBN: 086152753 4
This grammar book is in English and helps with Gaelic grammar. It contains many Gaelic examples of usage. It is a valuable source of reference for learners of the language.
Learning and Teaching Scotland
This is a Gaelic site aimed at Gaelic teachers, but has links to other valuable resources, such as dictionaries.
The Modern Gaelic-English Dictionary
- (Am Faclair Ùr Gàidhlig-Beurla)
- Author: Robert C Owen
- Publishers: Gairm
- ISBN: 1-871901-29-4
As well as being an up-to-date Gaelic-English dictionary, Owen's book has a 16-page appendix examining Gaelic grammar (including information on regular and irregular verbs). There is also a section which gives some Gaelic names with their Gaelic translations.
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
The Gaelic college on Skye has an extensive collection of Gaelic links and resources.
Although this is an online Gaelic dictionary for learners in secondary schools, it contains many useful words and phrases.
Scottish Gaelic in Three Months
- Author(s): Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh with Iain MacAonghuis
- Publishers: Dorling Kindersley
- ISBN: 0 85285 369 6
Aims to give fast access to the workings of the Gaelic language. Grammar is clearly explained, vocabulary is built up using key phrases and word lists, and short "real-life" exercises reinforce what you've learnt. The book includes exercises that focus on conversational skills.
Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig
This is the website of Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig, the organisation charged with co-ordinating the production and distribution of Gaelic educational resources throughout Scotland. Although this is aimed at education providers, many of their applications may be useful to learners. conversational skills, and pronunciation is made easy with an 'imitated pronunciation' system which represents Gaelic sounds with English syllables.
Teach Yourself Gaelic
- Author(s): Boyd Robertson and Iain Taylor
- Publishers: Hodder and Stoughton
- ISBN: 0-340-55923-3
This book is structured as a series of units which contain graded dialogues, culture notes, grammar and a range of test-yourself exercises. There is also a separate grammar summary and a Gaelic-English vocabulary list.
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