Posted: Monday, 17 April 2006
Hi. Like any language Gaelic takes a little getting used to. But simple phrases are a great way of getting involved and the Stornoway shops and An Lanntair Gallery have been willing to have their staff work with specific Gaelic phrases to help people (something I didn't expect for some reason). Last year during Heb Celt Festival there was a chance to use ten simple phrases (thanks, how much, where is, cheers..) in fourteen of the local shops and this seems to me a great stepping stone into using some of the language. Again, tonight (Wed), a relaxed, informal 'conversation circle' is being held in An Lanntair at 8pm. It is so much part of what Lewis is - and a great way into some really fantastic Gaelic songs and stories!
Druim na h-Eige from Lewis
If I lived in the isles, I would have been delighted to take up Gaelic at the UHI Millenium Institute, if only as a tribute to the fondly remembered Irish Brothers who taught me in grammar/high school. (Is Irish Gaelic much different from Scottish Gaelic?). Gaelic and North American Studies degree course sounds intriguing.
mjc from NM,USA
Scots and Irish Gaelic are different; about as different as Scots and English.
Arnish Lighthouse from Stornoway
i was born and bred in stornoway and more people speak scottish rather than gaelic now and to be honest i prefer it
kev badley from germany