Gaelic Scottish language resources – Language Links Database
Scottish Gaelic – sometimes also called Gaelic, is a Celtic language native to Scotland. A member of the Goidelic branch of the Celtic languages, Scottish Gaelic, like Modern Irish and Manx, developed out of a dialect of Primitive Irish, and presumably from a dialect close to Old Irish.
More information: Wikipedia
Native speakers: 57,000 in Scotland (2011)
Recognised minority language in: United Kingdom (Scotland), Canada
Gaelic Grammar and Pronunciation
- Smo.uhi.ac.uk - Grammar
- Smo.uhi.ac.uk - Over 500 classified links to pages in and about Scottish Gaelic
- Smo.uhi.ac.uk - A handbook in Gaelic for parents whose children are learning Gaelic in playgroup or primary school
- WebArchive.org - “A Bit Of Grammar”
- DigitalLibrary - The elements of Gaelic grammar, based on the work of the Rev. Alexander Stewart, D. D.
- Gaelic.ca - List of Links and Resources
- Learngaelic.net - Series of videos aimed at learners of Scottish Gaelic. Each week, over the course of a year, two new videos will be available on LearnGaelic. The series features a variety of styles, including interviews with experts and Gaelic learners, monologues and conversations. Each video has choice of subtitles in English or Gaelic.
- SQA Easy/Middle/Hard - Find past papers and marking instructions for your revision. You can search by topic and or refine by subject and level. To add the matching marking instructions simply tick the box.
Digitized Grammar Books
- Google Books Colloquial Scottish Gaelic: The Complete Course for Beginners
- A Practical Grammar of the Scottish Gaelic (1924)
- Archive.org How to learn Gaelic : orthographical instructions, grammar, and reading lessons (1906)
- Archive.org A Gaelic grammar, containing the parts of speech and the general principles of phonology and etymology, with a chapter on proper and place names (1923)
- GoogleBooks Guide to Gaelic conversation and pronunciation : with vocabularies, dialogues, phrases, and letter forms (1905)
- Archive.org Elementary course of Gaelic (1913)
- Archive.org MacLaren’s Gaelic self-taught (1923)
- Archive.org Elementary course of Gaelic (1913)
- Archive.org Elements of Gaelic grammar (1886)
- Google Books A Practical Grammar of the Scottish Gaelic
- Wiktionary - A 207-word Frequency List
- DigitalDialects - Language Learning Games
- Gaidhlig.scottish.free.fr - Thematic Vocabulary
- Uebersetzung.at - Tongue Twisters
- Clanmacrae.ca - Gaelic Glossary
Vocabulary-related (and digitized) E-books
- Google Books New and copious vocabulary, in two parts: the first part consisting of English and Gaelic; the second, of Gaelic and English; with a few directions for reading the Gaelic, both with the different parts of speech, and in alphabetical order (e-Book Google)
- Archive.org The tourists hand-book of Gaelic and English phrases for the Highlands (1880)
- Archive.org Gaelic vocabulary and phrase book
- Archive.org Gaelic proverbs and proverbial sayings, with English translations (1926)
- Archive.org A collection of Gaelic proverbs and familiar phrases: based on Macintosh’s collection (1882)
- Archive.org A collection of Gaelic proverbs, and familiar phrases; : accompanied with an English translation, intended to facilitate the study of the language; illustrated with notes. To which is added, The way to wealth, by Dr. Franklin, translated into Gaelic. (1785)
Gaelic Reading Materials
- Gaidhlig.org.uk - Website About Scottish Gaelic (also in English)
- BBC - Get the latest news and stories from Scotland, in Gaelic
- Archive.org - Books in Gaelic and relating to Gaelic topics contributed by the National Library of Scotland
- Archive.org - A Long List of Gaelic Books (and the ones related to this language)
- Google Books A pronouncing Gaelic dictionary. To which is prefixed a Gaelic grammar.
- Archive.org Gaelic-English dictionary (1922)
- Archive.org Dictionary of the Gaelic language:
1. Gaelic and English.
2. English and Gaelic. By Norman MacLeod and Daniel Dewar (1909).
Gaelic Listening and Video Resources
PODCASTS / AUDIOBOOKS
- ITunes - 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 By BBC Radio nan Gaidheal 301 Lessons.
- CoffeeBreakLanguages Learn Scottish Gaelic with Dòmhnall as he teaches you the basics of this language. In this podcast you’ll be learning just enough to get by on a holiday or business trip to a Gaelic-speaking area of Scotland – and to impress native speakers everywhere! Each lesson includes just over one minute of language-learning content, so there’s no excuse not to learn! Remember – even a few phrases of a language can help you make friends and enjoy travel more. 19 Lessons
- Backfreechurch.co.uk - Gaelic Sermons (mp3)
- Gaelstream.stfx.ca - A valuable collection of Gaelic recordings produced in Cape Breton by Dr. John Shaw and housed at St. Francis Xavier University.
- Dualchais - This website contains over 34,000 oral recordings made in Scotland and further afield, from the 1930s onwards. The items you can listen to include stories, songs, music, poetry and factual information. (over 1800 hours of recordings)
- Cainntmomhathar.com - An ambitious project of Comhairle na Gaidhlig, a website housing a collection of videotaped interviews in Gaelic with Cape Breton native speakers, including transcriptions as well as English translations.
- Gaelcast.com - A Scottish Gaelic podcast filled with news, interviews, stories, music and more — in Scottish Gaelic and English.
TV / VIDEO / MOVIES
- YouTube - An old 1979 show designed to teach the basics of Scottish Gaelic
- A List of YT Video Lessons
- GaelicTV - The evolving world of Gaelic broadcasting
- Ckjmfm.ca - A live radio show, broadcast for more than a decade from Cheticamp, Cape Breton, Saturday nights from 6 to 7 pm AST
- Scottish Internet Radio - Broadcasting a selection of pre-recorded programs in both English and Gaelic, covering a variety of music genres, news, and current affairs topics.