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 14 Dec 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 804

    Sun, 14 Dec 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    I’ll finish the old story ‘The Butler’s Son’. The landlord wasn’t pleased that the butler’s son was back. He asked the lad to steal the bedsheet that would be under himself and his wife that night. That was to prove how skilful he was as a thief. If he didn’t do that, he’d get a bullet in his head. Accompanying Gaelic text, grammar points and vocabulary are all available at bbc.co.uk/litir

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  • Letter 07 Dec 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh

    Sun, 7 Dec 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    I was telling you an old story – ‘The Butler’s Son’. One night, the thieves went to a big house. There was a cellar in the house. The thieves let the butler’s son down to the cellar by rope. What happened next? 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 30 Nov 14: Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh 802

    Sun, 30 Nov 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    There was a landlord in the Highlands. He had a butler. The butler was honest. He had a son. When the son reached maturity, he himself got employment in the estate house.Was he as honest as his father? 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 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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