Geoffrey's Gaelic Language Course - Beginning Gaelic
For my private lessons, I usually use the Ceumannan series of materials. They are wonderful with extensive exercises and an audio program with many different accents. All the materials are online, but there are printed books available as well.
For my Gaelic language course, or for Slighe Nan Gaidheal's Zero to Gaelic language course, I usually use what follows below. Sometimes I use the text Scottish Gaelic in Twelve Weeks, by Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh, to supplement this course because I prefer the audio CDs that come with that book, as there are no explanations on the CDs. This allows for drilling and repetition without having to listen to long explanations each go around. The text is not essential, but you may see some references to it and it does provide further explanations.
Note: When having private lessons, the topics can be covered as fast or slow as needed.
Before we get started, here are a few handouts to review (all on Google Docs, unless otherwise stated):
- Basic Grammatical Terms (PDF) - This is just a review of basic grammatical terms for people who haven't looked at grammar for a while. Grammar is language about language. I think I learned more about English grammar learning Gaelic than I mastered in school!
- Adult Language Learning Success (PDF) - As I'm fond of saying, "Gaelic is not the enemy, impatience is." This handout lists some tips and tricks for language learning. For those of us who do not live in the Gàidhealtachd of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland (or Cape Breton Island!), learning Gaelic has the added challenge of in-immerse-ability. However, the challenge is not insurmountable and well worth the effort, I say.
- Scottish Gaelic Resources (PDF) - A wee set of links to websites and organizations that support learning the Gaelic.
- Indo-European Languages (PDF) - A wee diagram that shows the relationship between Gaelic, English, and other Indo-European languages.
And with that out of the way, let's begin!
Unit 1: Pronunciation, The verb 'BI', the Simple Sentence
Unit 2: Working with names, Possession using AIG
Unit 3: Lenition with Adjectives, The verb 'IS'
Unit 4: BI with nouns, Definite Article
Unit 5: Colors, review
Unit 6: Verbal Nouns
Unit 7: BI, Past and Future, Numbers, Days of the Week
Unit 8: Months and Seasons, Food and Drink
Unit 9: Travel and Telling Time