I'm a student of Scottish Gaelic at university level but I've been struggling against the institutional avoidance of common Gaelic everyday idioms. We get a few now and then but there's just not enough. And then I found this book! It's a great way to pick up all the little everyday speech that we native English speakers take for granted but have to relearn in a second language. I love how it's laid out, it's really easy to assimilate, and even the bits of pronounciation are good.
The only thing I'd warn against is that the pronounciations she uses aren't those that we're learning at university but the differences are minor and explainable by citing differences between areas of spoken Gaelic.
Hard to rate. If i could give it two ratings it would get 5 for the phrases part and 1 for theso-called phonetics. The phrases are excellent, natural and cover lots of topics. But for me it fails on the "guide" to saying them. If the goal is communication, why put so much effort into the phrase part and then cook up some homemade system for the key bit - how to say them. Its such a mess i can't see this leading to something native speakers would undertsand. So bottom line 3 stars.
This book my be quite slim but it does have a lot of content. It is well organised and very easy to use.
Every word/phrase has a phonetic spelling to help but beware as a lot of gaelic words are pronounced quite differently in different gaelic speaking areas.
I think this book would be useful for people who just want an easy way to be able to say a few things in gaelic and also to anyone learning gaelic as it does give a good idea of how words may be pronounced. Also it can sometimes be hard when learning to put together the right words for the sentence you want.
Drawn between giving 4 or 5 stars, I decided on 5 as I would really be surprised if someone comes up with a better phonetic phrase book, and if they tried to explain all the pronounciations in use it would lose its simplicity.
This slim book can easily fit into a back-pack so that it can be readily used. It is nicely organized according to topics, such as: traveling, eating and drinking out. Her sense of humor can be seen in her choice of phrases, such as on page 36 of the travelling section, "Stop nagging me" and "Do you want to get out and walk." These are indeed "everyday" phrases that are useable. She also includes phonetic pronunciation for those who may have a bit of trouble getting their tongues around such phrases as "An urrainn dhuit inseadh dhomh" (Can you tell me) whch is pronounced, "un oeren ghoot eenshugh ghoe..." Her introduction to the grammatical concepts of the language are enough to give the reader a feeling for the way the language works. Those who simply want a phrase book to help them get along as they pass through Gaelic-speaking Scotland will find that the grammar is not overbearing, and comprises a small section of the book, only 7 of the 110 pages. Although one can't use this book by itself to become fluent in the language, it is invaluable in learning vocabulary and in being able to get by with "everyday Gaelic."
One thing Everyday Gaelic does that others could take note of is regionally identify their audio recordings so that you know what you're getting (four voices from Lewis, Harris and Uist). However, you probably won't buy it for that reason so look on it as a useful reference for particular topics such as the weather, talking with young kids or what to write in correspondence.
This book is invaluable to learners, also fluent speakers and those already literate in Scottish Gaelic. I wore out my first one during 25 years learning.You will turn to it often, and think of it as a friend. This is not just a reprint but has a wee bit of update too.
I found this book a really helpful supplement to Gaelic classes I'm having. I agree that the phonetic pronounciation may not be ideal to rely on alone as accents vary from place to place, however I found it helpful as it reminded me of roughly how the words should sound. There are really helpful sections which collate lots of words/phrases on a topic in one place.