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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: 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

I-Biblio’s Gaelic Course for Beginners

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.

Cram If the link doesn’t take you directly to it, then go to Cram and enter Scottish Gaelic in the search box, and you’ll find sets of flashcards made by users.  You can also make your own.

Other Blogs on Learning Gaelic 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

Seall air Spot a’ ruith


Rampant Scotland’s collection of links  also at Scottish Radiance:

Phrases for many occasions

Phrases–lots and lots and lots of phrases!

A lengthy list of handy phrases

Blue Jellyfish’s Scottish Gaelic phrases

Numbers from one to a hundred

1866 Scottish Grammar

List serve: Gaidhlig B years of discussion in Gaelic.  The archives go back to 1996.

Colin Mark’s Tip of the Week

The New Gael  Reading Material

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

Pronunciation and Handy Phrases

An eclectic mix of resources on keyboarding, dictionaries, glossaries, names, other forms of Gaelic.  I found an interesting page on a little known Gaelic scholar, with a bit of reading in 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

Am Faclair Beag

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

Wikipedia’s Articles in Gaelic

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.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 24, 2013 4:06 pm

    can u tell me the Scottish name for this place please ardraigh please many thanks

  2. Sìle permalink
    July 17, 2016 10:11 pm

    There are some resources here:


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