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More Animals

July 19, 2016

Some new and some review from long ago:

  • calman (cahlman) pigeon
  • luch (luch) mouse
  • nathair (NAH-ad) snake
  • fiadh  (FEE-ugh) deer
  • iasg (EE-isk) fish
  • each-uisge (ech-OO-shkuh) hippopotamus (literally, water horse)

Try these with sentences learned in previous lessons:

  • Tha mi ag iarraidh… (ha me a geer-ee)  I want, or literally, I am wanting….
  • Tha mi a’ faicinn… (ha me a fie-kinn)  I see…..
  • Tha mi ag ithe.… (tha me a gee-chuh)  I eat…
  • ‘S toigh leum… (stull um…) I like..
  • Cha toigh leam… (chah toe-lum…) I don’t like…

Leave your new sentences in the comments.

Some resources for learning Scottish animals word names:

See my other blog for The Making of a Medieval Manuscript and the ongoing Giveaway of a mug featuring scenes from Scotland.

Animal House!

July 18, 2016

We’re running with the dogs now!  It’s the cat’s meow and the bees’ knees both!

A bit of review of words I covered long ago, and a few new ones:

  • an cat (ahn caht) NO!  I’m not even going to say it!  It’s too obvious!
  • an cù (ahn coo)  Then again, this one looks obvious, too.  It’s THE DOG
  • a’ bhò (uh VOE) And the one that doesn’t look like COW…is.  This is THE COW.
  • an t-each  (ahn TCHECH) the horse
  • an t-asal (ahn TAH-sul) the donkey
  • a’ chaora (uh-choora) Oo is a very ‘narrow’ oo, a cross between oo and ee.  THE SHEEP

With some sentences.  Use each sentence with the other words, too.

  • Nach robh an cat ann? Wasn’t the cat there?
  • Nach robh a’ chaora sin ag ithe?  (nach roe uh choora shin ah-GEEK-uh?) Wasn’t that sheep eating?
  • Càit an robh an t-each ag obair an-dè?  (CAHTCH ahn roe ahn TCHECH ah-KOP-ad ahn-JAY?)  Where was the horse working yesterday?

Change words in these sentences, using previously learned words:

  • Where was the horse working last week?
  • Where was the dog eating last week?
  • Where was the sheep working last year?

Update to My Resources Page

July 14, 2016

Just a note that I’ve added about three more sites to my Learning Gaelic Online page.

July 14, 2016

Extended sentences using the last few days’ words and a new word or two:

  • An robh e riamh ann am bus air an rathad? (ahn roe eh REE-iv ow-n* ahm bus ad** ahn raahd) Was he ever in a bus on the road?
  • Bha an sagart sa chàr.  (vah ahn SAH-kert sah char) The priest was in the car.
  • Cha robh a’ clann riamh ann am plèan.  (chah roe ah clown REE-iv ow-n ahm plane) The children were never in a plane.
  • An robh na nigheanan san eaglais? (ahn roe nah NEE-uh-nin sahn ECK-lish?) Were the girls in the church?


  • ann an/ann am…in a
  • anns an…in the
  • san/sa…a shortened version of anns an

No pictures or videos today because…Tha mi trang an-diugh!

Was He Ever In A….?

July 13, 2016

An robh e riamh….? (ahn roe eh dee-ev…?)  Was he ever….?

  • An robh e riamh ann am bus?
  • An robh i riamh ann an trèan?
  • An robh iad riamh ann am bàta?
  • An robh mi riamh ann an soitheach?
  • An robh sinn riamh ann am plèan?
  • An robh e riamh ann an càr?

For pronunciations, see yesterday’s post.

Here’s a little Scottish music–Kelvin Grove played at a medieval Scottish abbey on an alto flute–and the answers below.


  • Was he ever in a bus?
  • Was she ever in a train?
  • Were they ever in a boat?
  • Was I ever in a ship?
  • Were we ever in a plane?
  • Was he ever in a car?

Tomorrow, longer, more complex sentences with these phrases and a couple of new words.

In the, in A

July 12, 2016

In the vs in a:

Reminder for in the:

  • san before most words
  • sa before b, m, p, c, and g
  • san t- before sl, sn, sr, sa, se, si, so, and su

In a uses the form ann an or ann am:

  • san trèana/ ann an trèan…in the train, in a train
  • sa bhus/ ann am bus…in the bus, in a bus
  • sa bhàta/ ann am bàta…in the boat, in a boat
  • sa chàr/ ann an càr…in the car, in a car

One new word: soitheach

  • ann an soitheach (own [rhymes with clown] ahn SAY-ich) in a ship/vessel

For review of previous lessons using ann an/ann am, see these lessons:

Ann an/ann am

More ann an

Ann an with new nouns and verbs

Last ann an (clearly it wasn’t!)

No listening today because Tha mi a’ glanadh taigh an-diugh.  I am cleaning house today.

Reviewing Some Past

July 11, 2016

Here are some sentences using previously learned words past and present.   Try them before scrolling to the answers below.

  • Bha a’ clann san leabaidh. 
  • Nach robh na tidsearan san sgoil?
  • A bheil na rudan sin sa bhogsa?
  • Bha na poileasmain san sgoil an-diugh.
  • Bha iad a’ bruidhinn ris an tidsear.

Here is Karen Matheson singing My Father Sent Me to the House of Sorrow, a Skye waulking song.  The lyrics are on the screen as she sings, in Gaelic and the English translations.


  • The children were in the bed.
  • Weren’t the teachers in (the) school?
  • Are those things in the box?
  • The policemen were in (the) school today.
  • They were speaking with the teacher.

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