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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  • 22 Feb 15: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 814

    Sun, 22 Feb 15

    Duration:
    6 mins

    When the Vikings came to the Gaidhealtachd a long time ago, did they extinguish Gaelic? On the islands, was everybody speaking Norse for a period? Or, even when the Norse were in control, were some people still speaking 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 15 Feb 15: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh

    Sun, 15 Feb 15

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Here is a story about the second sight, and it’s true. Ruairidh heard it, told in Gaelic, on the Isle of Skye. It’s connected to an air accident in 1945. 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 08 Feb 15: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 812

    Sun, 8 Feb 15

    Duration:
    6 mins

    In the mountains of Lochaber, there is Stob Coir’ na Ceannain. It’s between Fort William and Loch Treig, south of Roybridge. Dòmhnall Mac Fhionnlaigh nan Dàn was living in that area. He wrote a famous poem – ‘the song of the owl’. And Ruairidh is going to tell you a wee story from that area, in which there is an owl. Accompanying Gaelic text, grammar points and vocabulary are all available at bbc.co.uk/litir

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  • Letter 01 Feb 15: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 811

    Sun, 1 Feb 15

    Duration:
    6 mins

    On the final day of the National Mod last year, Ruairidh heard a bit of a joke. Somebody was speaking about Oban. That’s where the Mod will be this year. He was saying that there was a shower or two while the Mod was in Inverness. And that he was sure there would be a shower or two in Oban. Accompanying Gaelic text, grammar points and vocabulary are all available at bbc.co.uk/litir

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  • Letter 23 Jan 15: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 810

    Sun, 25 Jan 15

    Duration:
    6 mins

    In autumn last year, Ruairidh was in Argos. He was on holiday in Greece. He went through a town called Argos. Find out more about this town 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 18 Jan 15: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 809

    Sun, 18 Jan 15

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Sharp is the tooth from [the] heather. Have you ever heard that proverb? Sharp is the tooth from [the] heather. After a person has been on the hill – or on the heather – he will be hungry. His teeth will be sharp. Food will not last long on the plate. It’s true, isn’t it? Most people know about the Tooth Fairy, but Ruairidh introduces you to another character from Gaelic folklore, The Tooth Mouse. 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 11 Jan 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 808

    Sun, 11 Jan 15

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Today, Roddy is going to finish the old story – The Golden Fish. The fisherman went home. There was a mansion there, with a golden carriage in front of it. The fisherman tried to walk in through the front door. But a servant prevented him. ‘The lady says that your type must come in through the back door,’ he said. Find out how the fisherman reacts and what became of him and his wife. Accompanying Gaelic text, grammar points and vocabulary are all available at bbc.co.uk/litir

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  • Letter 04 Jan 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 807

    Sun, 4 Jan 15

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Ruairidh was telling us the old story – The Golden Fish. The fish promised a reward to the fisherman. ‘Wee golden fish!’ the man called. ‘Aye, what can I do for you?’ said the fish. Find out what the man asked for and what he received 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 28 Dec 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 806

    Sun, 28 Dec 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    There was at one time a fisherman. He and his wife were living in a thatched house next to the sea. They were very poor but they were happy enough. Accompanying Gaelic text, grammar points and vocabulary are all available at bbc.co.uk/litir

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  • Letter 21 Dec 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 805

    Sun, 21 Dec 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    The most northerly whisky distillery in Scotland is in Orkney, in Kirkwall. The distillery got its name from High Park, the area’s name in olden times. High Park is connected to Magnus Eunson or ‘Mansie’. Mansie was illegally making whisky on that site at the end of the Eighteenth Century. Find out more about Mansie in this week's letter. Accompanying Gaelic text, grammar points and vocabulary are all available at bbc.co.uk/litir

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