The Little Letter for Gaelic Learners

The Little Letter for Gaelic Learners

A simple letter for established Gaelic learners. Roddy Maclean has created this letter for learners who have progressed beyond basic learning, but find the Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh (Letter to Gaelic Learners) too advanced. Accompanying text is available in both English and Gaelic.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • litirbheag 24 Nov 14: An Litir Bheag 498

    Mon, 24 Nov 14

    Duration:
    4 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 text is available in both English and Gaelic at bbc.co.uk/litirbheag

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  • litirbheag 17 Nov 2014: An Litir Bheag 497

    Mon, 17 Nov 14

    Duration:
    4 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 text is available in both English and Gaelic at bbc.co.uk/litirbheag

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  • litirbheag 10 Nov 14: An Litir Bheag 496

    Mon, 10 Nov 14

    Duration:
    4 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 text is available in both English and Gaelic at bbc.co.uk/litirbheag

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  • litirbheag 03 Nov 14: An Litir Bheag 495

    Mon, 3 Nov 14

    Duration:
    4 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 text is available in both English and Gaelic at bbc.co.uk/litirbheag

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  • litirbheag 27 Oct 14: An Litir Bheag 494

    Mon, 27 Oct 14

    Duration:
    4 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 text is available in both English and Gaelic at bbc.co.uk/litirbheag

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  • litirbheag 20 Oct 14: An Litir Bheag 493

    Mon, 20 Oct 14

    Duration:
    4 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. Accompanying text is available in both English and Gaelic at bbc.co.uk/litirbheag

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  • litirbheag 13 Oct 14: An Litir Bheag 492

    Mon, 13 Oct 14

    Duration:
    4 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. Accompanying text is available in both English and Gaelic at bbc.co.uk/litirbheag

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  • litirbheag 06 Oct 14: An Litir Bheag 491

    Mon, 6 Oct 14

    Duration:
    4 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. Accompanying text is available in both English and Gaelic at bbc.co.uk/litirbheag

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  • litirbheag 29 Sep 14: An Litir Bheag 490

    Mon, 29 Sep 14

    Duration:
    4 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 text is available in both English and Gaelic at bbc.co.uk/litirbheag

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  • litirbheag 22 Sep 14: An Litir Bheag 489

    Mon, 22 Sep 14

    Duration:
    4 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 text is available in both English and Gaelic at bbc.co.uk/litirbheag

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