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Blas na Gàidhlig: The Practical Guide to Scottish Gaelic Pronunciation Hardcover – 31 Mar 2011

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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Akerbeltz (31 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907165002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907165009
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A truly brilliant book on what - until now - has been a difficult topic for learners and teachers alike. Michael Bauer has taken what is a very complex subject - the pronunciation of Scottish Gaelic - and presented it in a lively, witty and informative way. With this authoritative book, even those with little or no knowledge of concepts such as the Phonetic Alphabet will discover exactly why the sounds work the way they do. It will help learners unlock that elusive door to understanding and speaking the language well. And it will be invaluable for Gaelic teachers who have become accustomed to a feeling of dread in response to that inevitable question regarding some matter of pronunciation - "But why?" Ishbel Murray, Gaelic Immersion Course Teacher, Stow College Glasgow

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Most learners of Gaelic - and native speakers in particular - agree that having a good accent is very important. Ditto for people who teach Gaelic to adults and need to be able to explain a thing or two about pronunciation. But how to get there is not always so obvious.

This is where this book, its many sound files and more than 120 sets of exercises come in. It will take you - whether you're a complete beginner; a semi- or fully-fluent learner; or an interested native speaker - on a fascinating journey through the gubbins of this intriguing language. All you need is a thirst for knowledge because great care has gone into making a complicated topic as accessible as possible to everyone.

In a way, it will be your resident Gaelic granny. Always there for you, never makes you feel stupid, full of anecdotes, flawless Gaelic and even some home baking. Teann a-nall 's thoir dhomh do làmh!

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