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I recommend this without reservation!,
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This review is from: Scottish Gaelic in Twelve Weeks (plus audio CD) (Paperback)
I've always had a strong interest in languages. I'm an English speaker (from Newcastle-upon-Tyne) and learnt French and German in school, which I've mostly forgotten, and have since taught myself to speak pretty good Spanish.
I've been fascinated with Scottish Gaelic for years, mainly as a result of my many trips to Scotland. I've always been slightly frustrated by my inability to pronounce place-names ("Cnoc an Leothaid", "Stac Pollaidh" etc), which was possibly my main motivation to learn Gaelic. I also have some Scottish heritage and would love to discover that I'm a Cattach, or that my ancestors were from Caithness!
I've been using this book now for several months. I find it very comprehensive. Learning Gaelic is difficult but, if you're prepared to persevere, you'll make progress with this book. The CDs are invaluable, essential really, because pronunciation is difficult for a native English speaker. The content of the CDs is basically every Gaelic word in the book, read out in order which I think is a really good, straightforward idea. If I have any criticism, the book could do with more exercises but I truly think this could easily fill a supplementary volume (authors take note: there's another book in it for you!)
Also, to make any realistic progress, you'll need other resources. The best thing would be a Gaelic-speaking next-door neighbour but, failing that, there's loads of stuff on the internet: for example, search for "An Litir Bheag" which is good for beginners.
It still amazes me that it's possible to buy a book for about £15 or whatever and learn something completely new. It's almost miraculous. This book achieves this and, despite my minor criticisms, I can't give it fewer than five stars.
If you're at all interested in learning Scottish Gaelic, buy this book. It'll do you for life.
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Initial post: 28 Feb 2013 01:11:19 GMT
Kenneth Murray says:
I already own "Scottish Gaelic in Twelve Weeks" but it came without the CD. I tried to find a CD for it but did not succeed. (Kenneth Murray, Islington,North London.)
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2013 22:17:57 GMT
Christopher Wright says:
Hiya Kenneth: email me at chris10585 at gmail dot com re the CDs.
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