SCOTLAND: Learning Gaelic and Favorite Gaelic Phrases

Laura
Clan Fraser
Joined: September 16th, 2009, 12:54 pm

October 8th, 2009, 9:08 pm #1

:bagpipe: Are you interested in learning Scottish Gaelic? Talk about your exploration of the language here!


GREAT GAELIC/SCOT SITES POSTED BY OUR MEMBERS IN THIS THREAD:

Alba - Beag Air Bheag: Gaelic for Absolute Beginners

BBC: listen to the different accents

YouTube: Learn the Scottish Accent.

History of Scotland (Thanks, sassenach!)

Linguanaut: Scottish Phrases and Expressions (Thanks, Deflo!)

Omniglot: Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) (Thanks, sasssenach!)
The Ultimate Guide to Dorothy Dunnett's THE GAME OF KINGS available here.
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NigheanDubh
Clan Fraser
Joined: September 17th, 2009, 3:16 am

October 9th, 2009, 1:37 am #2

I just checked the site. It's great. I love that they pronounce it for you. Now I can imagine Jamie speaking Gaelic.
I definitely want to learn beag air bheag. Little by little. :D
"'I wish to God,' said Gideon with mild exasperation, 'that you'd talk--just once--in prose like other people.'"
--Game of Kings
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Thistle
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Joined: September 22nd, 2009, 12:59 am

October 9th, 2009, 2:13 am #3

This is great! Our local St. Andrew's Society offers Gaelic lessons but they are week nights, 45 minutes drive and city traffic which I hate driving.
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TwilightTINK
Clan Fraser
Joined: September 19th, 2009, 1:37 am

October 9th, 2009, 3:28 am #4

I always thought I was too old to learn a language but I may change my mind on that. Wonder if Jamie is available for lessons?
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Joined: September 30th, 2009, 10:42 pm

October 11th, 2009, 1:47 am #5

Sign me up if he is!!!
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Joined: September 30th, 2009, 10:42 pm

October 11th, 2009, 1:56 am #6

That site is awesome!!!
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NigheanDubh
Clan Fraser
Joined: September 17th, 2009, 3:16 am

October 11th, 2009, 2:48 am #7

He can teach me Gaelic, review Catullus with me or teach me the finer aspects of accounting, building log cabins, patching leaky roofs. I promise to be a totally devoted student. Beag air bheag--yes, he can take his time about it too. No rush.
"'I wish to God,' said Gideon with mild exasperation, 'that you'd talk--just once--in prose like other people.'"
--Game of Kings
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Laura
Clan Fraser
Joined: September 16th, 2009, 12:54 pm

October 13th, 2009, 11:42 pm #8

Check out this really incredible site: Carmina Gadelica ~ Celtic prayers and poems with English translations.

Also see the Ladies of Lallybroch site with an explanation of Jamie and Claire's blood vow.

PRAYER FOR PROTECTION
As Thou art the Shepherd over the flock
Tend Thou us to the cot and the fold,
Sain us beneath Thine own glorious mantle;
Thou Shield of protection, guard us for ever.

Be Thou a hard triumphant glave
To shield us securely from wicked hell,
From the fiends and from the stieve snell gullies,
And from the lurid smoke of the abyss.

Be my soul in the trustance of the High King,
Be Michael the powerful meeting my soul.

ACHANAIDH COMHNADH

Bho is tu is Buachaill thar an treuid
Iomain fein sinn do chleidh's do chaimir,
Seun sinn fo do bhrot riomhach reidh;
A Sgeith dhidinn, dion ri 'r mairionn.

Bi-sa do chlaidheamh cruaidh, cosgarra,
Chon sinne dhion a irinn arrais,
Bho fhigeirich is bho fheadaine frinne fuara,
'S bho dheathach ruadh an aigeil.

M' anam an urrachd an Ard Righ,
Micheil murrach an comhdhail m' anama.
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Anam-Charaid
Clan Fraser
Joined: September 19th, 2009, 5:20 pm

October 14th, 2009, 12:33 am #9

That is one of the most beautiful scenes in Ol (imo). That they both say it then and at the end of DIA it just breaks my heart. Even if DG created it, it's still beautiful and quite frankly its a realistic vow considering that the Scots honored the "handfasting ceremony"

But the wine had been too strong for her, as it had for the others; and like the others she had stepped from the safe shores of friendship. She stood now in another country, whose sun burned and whose air was too rare for her breathing. Checkmate
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Thistle
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Joined: September 22nd, 2009, 12:59 am

October 14th, 2009, 2:21 am #10

I'm not 100% positive DG created it. I think she lived in another time where hunky men ran around in kilts and that was a vow that was recited when she married one of them. It is real, it is real, it is real..... :D
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TwilightTINK
Clan Fraser
Joined: September 19th, 2009, 1:37 am

October 14th, 2009, 2:55 am #11

If you haven't read Dragonfly in Amber, you may want to skip this poem.






This is a lovely poem I found about lost Love. It was written by Charles Spence in the early 19th century. It makes me think of the time that Jamie and Claire were apart.

The Lost Love

Dear lassie, we must part!
That might our ruin prove!
Let others whisper in thy ear
The tender tale of love.
Could I my thoughts command,
I'd think no more of thee,
For doubly dear-bought were our loves,
If love dear-bought can be.
Yet still I'll think of thee,
And of the slow-winged hour
When first we talked of hopeless love
Beneath the snowy bower;
So warm my bosom glows,
Enraptured with thy name,
That thus I deem my rustic hand
Can sweep the lyre of time.

Yes, I will sing of thee,
So dear to me's the theme,
And distant years shall hear the lay,
By mountain, vale, and stream;
Fair Scotia's nymphs and swains
Shall sing thy every charm,
And woo each other with the strains
That still my bosom warm.

The tree is not yet sown,
Whose seed shall plant the groves,
That, listening to our tender tale,
Shall echo back our loves;
The acorn is not formed
That yet shall grow a tree,
Whose branch shall lull to rest the babe
That oft shall sing of thee.
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Thistle
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Joined: September 22nd, 2009, 12:59 am

October 14th, 2009, 2:58 am #12

That is so much their story it is amazing!
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NigheanDubh
Clan Fraser
Joined: September 17th, 2009, 3:16 am

October 19th, 2009, 1:24 am #13

How about if we post some phrases that we've come across--in the series--or out.

Perhaps we need a separate thread of phrases.

Here's a favorite:

"leannan" mo leannan = my darling
"'I wish to God,' said Gideon with mild exasperation, 'that you'd talk--just once--in prose like other people.'"
--Game of Kings
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Joined: October 17th, 2009, 1:39 pm

October 19th, 2009, 7:19 pm #14

That's a great site....now if only I could roll my r's!
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NigheanDubh
Clan Fraser
Joined: September 17th, 2009, 3:16 am

October 21st, 2009, 12:40 am #15

I thought it would be fun to write our favorite Gaelic phrases.

I will start with Mo leannan = my darling.

mo = means my and leannan means darling.

I also love my user name
Nighean Dubh= black haired lass. I have raven black hair so it suits me.


check out the Learn Gaelic thread:
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"'I wish to God,' said Gideon with mild exasperation, 'that you'd talk--just once--in prose like other people.'"
--Game of Kings
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