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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (30 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478233257
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478233251
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am Senior Lecturer in Gaelic at the University of Aberdeen. I have been teaching Gaelic, and teaching at universities, for nearly twenty years now. My main interests are in modern literature and language teaching. Outside of work, I like lifting heavy things, playing guitar and throwing people over my shoulder (for no apparent reason).

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Dr Moray Watson is Senior Lecturer and Head of Gaelic at the University of Aberdeen. He has been a university teacher for almost twenty years, at the Northern College, Aberdeen, the National University of Ireland, Galway, the University of the Highlands and Islands, and the University of Aberdeen. His publications include An Introduction to Gaelic Fiction (2011) and The Edinburgh Companion to the Gaelic Language (2010). His most recent book is a translation to Gaelic of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which will be published in 2012. He is currently translating The Hobbit to Gaelic. Progressive Gaelic 1 is the first volume in a planned series of at least five textbooks that will guide beginners towards total fluency in Gaelic.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Mackay on 27 May 2013
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This is the first volume in a projected set of five. The author states openly that this is not a self-help book; it requires the input of a teacher. That said, I am using it to aid my own learning of Gaelic.

I'm impressed: the course progresses logically (as the title suggests), and with excellent explanations of how the language works. It offers an abundance of examples and well-constructed exercises that have already cleared up a couple of long-standing issues for me that had been holding me back. The books have a dedicated website from which you can download answer keys to the exercises and reading passages.

Anyone who is coming to the learning of Gaelic late in life - I'm over sixty - will appreciate the attention given to logical explanations of Gaelic grammar, as well as to current colloquial usage. Most courses these days are based on conversational approaches - and rightly so, but these courses often fall down on explaining grammar and usage: this book would form an excellent extra level of support to those who want to 'understand' how Gaelic works as well as being able to converse in it.

Of course, the reader will still need to put much effort into committing vocabulary lists to memory, but that is made easier by being made aware of the 'how and why' of the language constructions used.

I congratulate the author and the publishers of this book - together, they have produced an immensely accessible learning resource. I will definitely be buying the second volume in a few weeks time. If that turns out to be as well written and helpful as the first volume, I shall also be buying volumes 3 - 5.

It makes me wish I was already good enough to be a Gaelic tutor - I'd enjoy using this textbook in the classroom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr William Hawkins on 13 Sep 2013
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Very well laid out. Extremely clearly written. Well chosen examples. The author explains things some grammar writers take for granted that a student is assumed to already know. [but in many cases doesn't] A beginner would do well choosing this book; it is so well organized that the learning is well paced. I am using this for a review and going very quickly. Interestingly enough, I am catching all the little things I didn't really understand before. This book explains the 'why's.'

A good choice for a school or program, as well as for independent study. I am looking forward to Part II, which I have, and part III which is in the post.

Kudos to the author

Dr Bil Hawkins
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By TragicAunty on 13 Nov 2013
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I am using this book for self-study (which it is explicitly not supposed to be used for) and am finding it really, really helpful. This is probably one of the best books out there to actually teach some of the structures you need to get your head around. I particularly like how it starts off with telling you how to link sentences together - something other books take quite some time to get around to! I'm not sure if this is for complete beginners but if you, like me, have struggled with other Gaelic books this is a particularly good book to consolidate and explain the main structures of the language. I'm looking forward to using some of the future books.
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By mrs maureen hislop on 21 Nov 2014
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Jones on 7 Feb 2013
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This book clearly states that it is designed to support regular instruction and 4 contact hours a week with a teacher, but I was intending to use it to reinforce what I have learned already and to further teach myself. Although it may well be useful it is not what I was looking for.
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