Letter To Gaelic Learners

Letter To Gaelic Learners

Informative, educational and interesting. A special programme, in the form of a 'letter', specifically aimed at Gaelic learners who already have some knowledge of the language.

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  • Letter 17 Oct 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnschachaidh 796

    Fri, 17 Oct 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    It’s the bigger of that, it’s the bigger of that, as the wren said when he urinated in the great sea. Have you ever heard that proverb? It concerns people who think they are more important than they are. It’s the bigger of that, it’s the bigger of that, as the wren said when he urinated in the great sea. Find out more in this week’s letter. Accompanying Gaelic text, grammar points and vocabulary are all available at bbc.co.uk/litir

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  • Letter 10 Oct 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 795

    Fri, 10 Oct 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Ruairidh was telling you about a book that came out this year – The Naughty Little Book of Gaelic. It was put together by Michael Newton. He’s not encouraging people to engage in bad behaviour or bad language! But there’s an interesting vocabulary there. Find out more in this week’s letter. Accompanying Gaelic text, grammar points and vocabulary are all available at bbc.co.uk/litir

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  • Letter 03 Oct 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 794

    Fri, 3 Oct 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Ruairidh reckons that English is better than Gaelic if you want to use bad language. We don’t have a word like the ‘f-word’. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have bad words in Gaelic. Or bad phrases. They exist, and a small guidebook has come out which is full of them. In addition to swearing, there are chapters about cursing, using tobacco, drinking and sex. Find out more in this week’s letter. Accompanying Gaelic text, grammar points and vocabulary are all available at bbc.co.uk/litir

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  • Letter 26 Sep 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 793

    Fri, 26 Sep 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    We don’t have too much writing in Gaelic that deals with desire and lust. The famous poet Alasdair Mac Mhaighstir Alasdair wrote poetry like that, however. But not much of it was published. Find out more in this week’s letter. Accompanying Gaelic text, grammar points and vocabulary are all available at bbc.co.uk/litir

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  • Letter 19 Sep 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 792

    Fri, 19 Sep 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    This week, Ruiairidh has more folklore for you involving the fairies. Be sure to catch this week’s letter which tells the old story The Humpbacked Old Men and the Fairies. Accompanying Gaelic text, grammar points and vocabulary are all available at bbc.co.uk/litir

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  • Letter 12 Sep 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 791

    Fri, 12 Sep 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    You’ll be familiar with the fairies. If not personally, you’ll have heard stories about them. Do you know how the fairies came into being? There’s no account of them in the Bible, as far as I’m aware. I don’t think that Charles Darwin passed an opinion on them either. But the old Gaels had an opinion on the matter. Here’s an account from Mingulay in the nineteenth century. Find out more in this week’s letter.

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  • Letter 05 Sep 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh

    Fri, 5 Sep 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Is there a plant you really like because it has a special fragrance? A long time ago, when Ruairidh was living in Tasmania, he liked the lemon-scented boronia. It had a smell like a lemon. It brings back memories of beautiful days in the mountains. This week he takes a look at Scottish flowers. Find out more in this week’s letters. Accompanying Gaelic text, grammar points and vocabulary are all available at bbc.co.uk/litir

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  • Letter 29 Aug 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 789

    Fri, 29 Aug 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Today Ruairidh has more information about Clach a’ Choire – The Ringing Stone – on Tiree. Make sure you listen to this week’s letter to find out more about a story about the stone and Lachlann the Bàrd.

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  • Letter 22 Aug 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 788

    Fri, 22 Aug 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Ruairidh was in Tiree recently. He was staying in Balephedrish. That’s on the north side of the island. Balephedrish was named, apparently, for Aodh MacPhèadrais. He was a cleric in the Fifteenth Century. Find out more about Aodh MacPhèadrais and Tiree in this week’s letter.

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  • Letter 15 Aug 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 787

    Fri, 15 Aug 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    In some place in the Highlands there is the Wonderful Land. Everyone belongs to the same clan – the Wonderful Clan. It’s one of them – Big Gòrach MacIongantach – that left us this history. There were two brothers with the same given [baptism] name. Big Gòrach was three years older than Wee Gòrach. Accompanying Gaelic text, grammar points and vocabulary are all available at bbc.co.uk/litir

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