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 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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  • Letter 08 Aug 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 786

    Fri, 8 Aug 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Each person will have his own choice of the most beautiful glen in Scotland. The choice of the late Finlay MacRae was Glen Affric. Finlay passed away a few weeks ago. He was heavily involved in the conservation of the forest in the glen. Find out more about Finlay MacRae's work with Glen Affric 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 01 Aug 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 785

    Fri, 1 Aug 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    The squirrel only rarely appears in place-names in Scotland. Why is that? Well, in his new book Reading the Gaelic Landscape, John Murray says that it possibly proves that the Highlands were losing their forest when the Gaels were naming the land. Accompanying Gaelic text, grammar points and vocabulary are all available at bbc.co.uk/litir

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  • Letter 25 Jul 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 784

    Fri, 25 Jul 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Am Bile is near Portree on the Isle of Skye. It’s a big grassy slope. Am Bile. Bile is an old Gaelic word for a tree. Often it stands for a tree that was sacred. Perhaps that was in [the] pre-Christian days. Find out more about Am Bile in this week's letter. Accompanying Gaelic text, grammar points and vocabulary are all available at bbc.co.uk/litir

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