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 29 Aug 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 790

    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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  • Letter 18 Jul 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 783

    Fri, 18 Jul 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    In May Ruairidh was in Knoydart in Canada. In June he was in Knoydart in Scotland. Both Knoydarts are nice, but different from each other. Find out the differences and the similarities 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 Jun 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 782

    Fri, 11 Jul 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Ruairidh continues to tell us about the poet Allan MacDonald, Allan the Ridge. He was from Mabou in Cape Breton. He lived between 1794 and 1868. Effie Rankin wrote a book about him. Find out more about Allan 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 04 Jun 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 781

    Fri, 4 Jul 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    When Ruairidh was in Nova Scotia recently, he met Effie Rankin. She gave him a copy of her book Às a’ Bhràighe. The book is about a poet in Nova Scotia in the nineteenth century. He was Allan MacDonald or Allan the Ridge. He shows the wealth of Gaelic in Nova Scotia. Accompanying Gaelic text, grammar points and vocabulary are all available at bbc.co.uk/litir

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  • Letter 27 Jun 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 780

    Fri, 27 Jun 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    There are well over a hundred words for high country in Gaelic in Scotland. But what happened do that vocabulary over in Nova Scotia? It would be interesting to examine that. Accompanying Gaelic text, grammar points and vocabulary are all available at bbc.co.uk/litir

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