Declaration of Human Rights

July 9, 2009

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Tha gach uile dhuine air a bhreth saor agus co-ionnan ann an urram ‘s ann an còirichean. Tha iad air am breth le reusan is le cogais agus mar sin bu chòir dhaibh a bhith beò nam measg fhein ann an spiorad bràthaireil. English Translation: All […]

A GAELIC SONG ABOUT CAPE BRETON

July 9, 2009

”S e Ceap Breatainn tir mo ghraidh, Tir nan craobh, ‘s nam beanntan ard’, S e Ceap Breatainn tir MO ghraidh, Tir is ailllidh leinn air thalamh ‘s bho’n a tha mi anns an am, comhnaidh ann an tir Nam beann; ‘S gad a tha MO Ghaidhlig gann Ni MI rann do thir nan gleannan […]

Lochaber Gaelic

July 9, 2009

Gaelic was the main language of Lochaber a century ago. According to the last census 14% of the population speak it today. Most of them are of island origin although there are still a few native speakers of Lochaber Gaelic. Despite that there is a big interest among Lochaber people in Gaelic with a highly […]

THE LANGUAGE

July 9, 2009

The Scottish Gaelic alphabet ALPHABET/ AIBIDIL A, Ailm – Elm B, Beith – Birch C, Coll or calltuinn – Hazel D, Darach – Oak E, Eadha – Aspen F, Feàrn – Alder G, Gort – Ivy H, Uath – Hawthorn I, iubhar – Yew L, Luis – Rowan M, Muin – Vine N, Nuin – […]

OFFICIAL RECOGNITION OF GAELIC

July 9, 2009

There was a time when Gaelic was frowned on and Gaelic-speaking children were taught only in English. While such attitudes have changed, the Gaelic language, which was once the main means of communication in the Highlands, has been in decline – the number of Gaelic speakers in Scotland is at an all-time low. But this […]

THE GAELIC LANGUAGE

July 9, 2009

The Gaelic language has been spoken in Scotland for longer than any other language. At one time Gaelic was the language of the Scottish court and for the best part, the majority of the population spoke Gaelic. Scotland’s history shows Scots had been stripped off their religion, freedom to wear the kilt, playing the pipes […]

GAELIC SPEAKERS IN CAPE BRETON

July 9, 2009

Book – by C.W. Vernon: Cape Breton, Canada In a chapter of this book, MacKinnon, at the beginning of the Twentieth Century describes how widespread the Gaelic language was in Cape Breton. “Areas of the island are as Gaelic in speech as anywhere in Gaelic Scotland. . . To illustrate the extent to which Cape […]

Official Recognition for Gaelic in Scotland

July 9, 2009

There was a time when Gaelic was frowned on and Gaelic-speaking children were taught only in English. While such attitudes have changed, the Gaelic language, which was once the main means of communication in the Highlands, has been in decline – the number of Gaelic speakers in Scotland is at an all-time low. But this […]

Tiree School Kids Beat Microsoft

July 9, 2009

Campaigners who are trying to keep Gaelic alive had been planning to ask Microsoft to include a custom spell-checker in the Office suite for the ancient language. The giant software company recently released a spell-checker for Irish Gaelic but the Foundation for Endangered Languages says that Gaelic is 1,135th in the table of about 2,000 […]

Registrar Accepts Gaelic Names

July 9, 2009

When the Boyles of Erbusaig, near the Kyles of Lochalsh in the north-west of Scotland went to register the birth of their baby girl they were astonished to be told that her name, Aoife Loch Ailse Nic Bhaoille, would have to be converted to English before it could be accepted. Apparently it was the Gaelic […]

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