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 23 Nov 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 801

    Sun, 23 Nov 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    There was a man from Skye who was living in Leeds in England. His name was William. One day, he bought a bus ticket from Glasgow to Broadford. ‘Single to Broadford,’ he said to the ticket officer. William had a drink problem. He was drunk. Was this going to be a problem for this particular journey? Find out 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 16 Nov 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 800

    Sun, 16 Nov 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    There was an American businessman in a close next to the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Another man approached him. He was wearing a long black coat. ‘I have something here for you,’ said the man in the coat. He unbuttoned his coat and out a skull. ‘This is the skull of Robert Bruce, the old King of Scotland,’ he said. ‘I’ll sell it to you for a thousand pounds. Find out more about this intriguing tale in this week’s letter. 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 09: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 799

    Sun, 9 Nov 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Ruairidh talks about a book he bought which is very useful. The book’s title is Gaelic Idioms and Expressions – with Free Translations. It was put together by Duncan MacDonald. He was a schoolmaster at Sandwickhill Primary School in Stornoway. The book came out first in 1927. It’s a well from which we can draw examples of good Gaelic. 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 02 Nov 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 798

    Sun, 2 Nov 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    The bard, Gilleasbuig MacDonald, was buried in the Kilcumin Cemetery at Fort Augustus. That was in 1815. He was from North Uist. He does not have a headstone in the cemetery. He was on the way to Inverness when he died in Fort Augustus. Find out more about Gilleasbuig 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 Oct 14: Litir do Luchd ionnsachaidh 797

    Sun, 26 Oct 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Ruairidh was walking in the old cemetery in Fort Augustus. It’s a beautiful place with views of the hills. He saw an old gravestone. There were moss and lichen on it. Ruairidh took a closer look and realised that there was a connection to Robert Burns. Find out what that is 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 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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