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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not enough by itself, 24 Feb 2008
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This review is from: Teach Yourself Gaelic Book/CD Pack (Teach Yourself Languages) (Paperback)
Possibly the best teach yourself option currently available, but its difficult to learn from books and cd alone. A face-to-face course is highly beneficial. I started learning from this, then got other books and took a couple of courses.

The content is good, and you could have a reasonable conversation using it, but only if the other participants kept to its content and pronounciation. Even a simple conversation with a 'real' gaelic speaker may be difficult to understand though, partly because they will use vocabulary not covered, but also because of 'localised' pronounciation and word use - I am told a gaelic speaker can easily identify Skye gaelic, Harris gaelic, various sub areas of Lewis gaelic, BBC gaelic etc.

There are lots of variations from community to community (even neighbouring villages) in pronounciation etc. I didn't understand this fully from this book and was still left with quite a few questions. I would recommend the following book as a supplement:

Scots Gaelic - A Brief Introduction (Paperback)
by George Robert McLennan (Author)

You will probably also need a dictionary and if at all possible book yourself onto a course.

For something a bit more in depth I rate the following:
Gaelic Verbs: Systemised and Simplified (Paperback)
by Colin B.D. Mark (Author)

Finally, watch the Rocket Post and feel clever about understanding the small snippets of gaelic used (mainly hello & how are you).
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