Learning Gaelic Online
This page will be continually under construction. It is not fully organized yet. Please be patient, and in the meantime, enjoy the resources as I find time to add them! If you know of good ones that aren’t here, leave them in the comment and I’ll add them.
Lessons in Scottish Gaelic:
http://www.akerbeltz.org/fuaimean/fuaimean.htm 13 lessons, The Sounds of Gaelic. Includes some mp3 files
Lessons at TAIC About 55 lessons here
Learn Gaelic A great source for beginners, with its own beginners course, links to other courses, and links to a number of online sources for reading, watching, and listening, many of which I also have listed here.
Am Baile Games to learn or practice Gaelic
Colin and Cumberland A fun site that uses a ‘computer game’ style to teach the Gaelic language
Beag air Bheag (Little by Little) Another good beginner course, with lessons and quizzes
Speaking Our Language A video course on YouTube by Rhoda MacDonald. I like this course because it also takes the learner on a tour around Scotland itself, and gives the chance to hear the language from many people. Even in a language spoken by relatively few, there are differeing accents. This link takes you to Episode 1.
Digital Dialects There seems to be a limited amount here, mainly numbers and animals, but there it is.
Other Blogs on Learning Gaelic
http://sgribhisg.tumblr.com/gaidhlig This link goes directly to a resource page, which will no doubt have plenty of overlap with what I have here, but likely others I have not yet found
Rampant Scotland’s collection of links also at Scottish Radiance:
Phrases–lots and lots and lots of phrases!
List serve: Gaidhlig B years of discussion in Gaelic. The archives go back to 1996.
ReoCities Lesson Two I have yet to find Lesson One. Or Three. But there’s good information here on grammar, lenition, masculine and feminine nouns, and more.
Education Scotland This is a 23 page PDF covering basic phrases, days of the week, months, counting, and more.
Learners of Scottish Gaelic at LiveJournal. You’ll find (at the time of this writing) 27 journal entries including translations and discussions of grammar. I first found it via Lily the Hobbit’s questions and answers.
Colloquial Scottish Gaelic a preview of the book by Katherine Spadaro and Katie Graham
Webster’s Online Dictionary translates to Scottish Gaelic
Clan MacNicol has a page full of links (probably some or many to the same places I’m linking here), useful phrases, and a couple of translations of poems. (Actually, the second translation is not Gaelic Scots, it’s a fragment of The Brus.)
Education Scotland (a Gaelic thesaurus, many synonyms, some antonyms)
Lexilogos This page also has links to other dictionaries, including some from the early 1900s and 1800s
The School of Gaelic Dictionary This page currently does best for simply browsing through Gaelic words. However, when the search function works, you can look up words in any of 4 Gaelic dictionaries–two Scottish Gaelic, one Manx, and one Irish
Freelang Translate English to Gaelic or Gaelic to English.
Places to Read Gaelic Online
Places to Practice Your Gaelic
Scotster This link goes directly to a listing of two threads on the Scotster forums: one for beginners with translations allowed, and one for the more advanced, which is Gaelic only, no English allowed.
Fòram na Gàidhlig I have linked directly to the bi-lingual forum, where users are supposed to write everything bilingually. More advanced users are great about helping others with corrections to grammar, spelling, usage, and so on.
Places to Listen:
Steaphan MacRisnidh’s YouTube channel has lessons in Gaelic, and also songs sung in Gaelic.
Gaelic Nursery Language Links This page has 6 children’s books. You can read the words while your computer reads to you in Gaelic.
An Litir Bheag Here, Roddy MacIean will read a little letter to Scottish learners every Monday. The nice thing about this site is, he also provides the text and translation. You can download these to your ipod for listening in the car. What I especially like about Roddy’s weekly letters is that the content itself is interesting. He always talks about Scottish culture, legends, myths, famous paintings, famous people, castles, etc.
Litir do luchd-ionnsachaidh This is a longer version of Roddy MacIean’s weekly letter.