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 28 Jul 14: An Litir Bheag 481

    Mon, 28 Jul 14

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

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  • litirbheag 21 Jul 14: An Litir Bheag 480

    Mon, 21 Jul 14

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

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  • litirbheag 14 Jul 14: An Litir Bheag

    Mon, 14 Jul 14

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

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  • litirbheag 07 Jul 14: An Litir Bheag 478

    Mon, 7 Jul 14

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

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  • litirbheag 30 Jun 14: An Litir Bheag 477

    Mon, 30 Jun 14

    Duration:
    4 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.

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  • litirbheag 23 Jun 14: An Litir Bheag 476

    Mon, 23 Jun 14

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

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  • litirbheag 16 Jun 14: An Litir Bheag 475

    Mon, 16 Jun 14

    Duration:
    4 mins

    More than fifteen years ago, in the second Litir Ruairidh wrote, he gave different names for spiders. His grandmother would say poca-salainn, rather than damhan-allaidh. He heard a new word for spider recently and he was asked a question TV that he could not answer! 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 09 Jun 14: An Litir Bheag 474

    Mon, 9 Jun 14

    Duration:
    4 mins

    Until recently Ruairidh was never in the Gaidhealtachd in Nova Scotia. However, he recently remedied this and went to visit. He thoroughly enjoyed this place and meeting the people. Find out what really grabbed his interest in this week’s letter. Accompanying text is available in both English and Gaelic at bbc.co.uk/litirbheag

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  • litirbheag 02 Jun 14: An Litir Bheag 473

    Mon, 2 Jun 14

    Duration:
    4 mins

    The Fianna (Fingalians) were at one time living in Glencoe, according to oral tradition. Sgòr nam Fiannaidh ‘the peak of the Fianna’ is the name of the summit at the western end of Aonach Eagach ‘notched mountain’. Bealach Fhionnghail ‘Fingal’s pass’ connects Glencoe to Glen Etive. And on Aonach Dubh ‘black mountain’ there is Ossian’s Cave. Ossian the son of Fionn was writing poetry there. Accompanying text is available in both English and Gaelic at bbc.co.uk/litirbheag

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  • litirbheag 26 May 14: An Litir Bheag 472

    Mon, 26 May 14

    Duration:
    4 mins

    Ruairidh makes his way to the end of the alphabet in Armstrong’s old dictionary. He’s looking for unusual compound words. How many words do you know? 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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