Scottish Gaelic in Twelve Weeks Paperback – 15 Sep 2008
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This edition comes complete with an audio CD to help make learning even easier and more fun. Simplified language course. Essential grammar simply explained. Model sentences, key phrases and word lists build up your vocabulary. Short exercises based on real-life scenarios reinforce what you've learnt. Includes a mini Scottish Gaelic-English dictionary. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Roibeard O Maolalaigh organises Beginners' Gaelic Courses at the University of Edinburgh, where he lectures in the Department of Celtic and is Director of the Centre for Irish Studies. His consultant Iain MacAonghuis is a native speaker of Scottish Gaelic who was born and bought up in the Western Isles. He lectured for many years at the School of Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh (where he is an Honorary Fellow), and has written and broadcast on a range of Gaelic subjects.
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Explanations of grammar are also very clear and comprehensive. If, like me, you like grammar and are not scared of rules, this book is easily the best. On the downside, it is rather dry, and less well suited to people who learn languages more by `absorption'. It is probably the best grammar reference available for Gaelic though.
I've found that I do need another source of written and spoken Gaelic in order to give more examples of pronunciation, and to have more text from which to learn. The BBC's "An Litir Bheag" is a very good tool for this, with well over 300 five-minute MP3 clips of (slowly) spoken Gaelic, together with transcriptions and partial translations. After a while you can start picking out words from the audio and recognising the grammatical constructs in the associated transcriptions.
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.
I would have liked to perhaps started off with simple things like numbers, months etc. but it dives straight into phrases and it lacks a detailed and/or structured approach to any vocabulary, with small group seemingly added on to the end of each chapter.
Will be hard work to follow over 12 weeks (especially as most people will not have anyone to 'bounce' conversation off) but it certainly is a detailed and comprehensive book.
*Only* buy with the version with the audio CD - otherwise you are wasting time, effort and money
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This probably goes to much into the grammar of gaelic and has tended to put me of actually learning the language as this book makes it look very complex to learn, Im sure the book... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alan
twelve weeks could be a stretch for someone with my attention span.but would recommend,its handy having the c/d,clear and precise teaching.Published 3 months ago by douglas mcleod
Very useful learning tool. Arrived within the stated delivery dates. Thank you.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Unless you're a complete grammar nazi who just loves knowing all the subtle complexities of language, don't touch this book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Meglet
Not a very approachable book for beginners learning alone. No CD included.Published 8 months ago by John R Wood