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Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?

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Sealladh Mara (Seascape)

My song course has now finished, and I’ll be heading home tomorrow. I’ve learnt a lot of interesting and beautiful Gaelic songs this week, and had a great time. There were some excellent concerts in the evenings, and an end-of-course cèilidh last night, at which each class performed their party piece (a song or two), […]

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Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

I made it to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig last night. It started to rain very heavily as the ferry arrived in Armadale. Fortunately there was a bus to the college, but I got rather damp just walking from the ferry to the bus, and from the bus into the college. So far on this journey I’ve […]

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Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?

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Air an rathad dhan Eilean Sgitheanach

Tha mi ann an Glaschu an-diugh, air an rathad dhan Eilean Sgitheanach. A-màireach bidh mi a’ dol dhan Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, agus a’ cursa ‘Sealladh Mara air Òrain Ghàidhlig‘ ri Maighread Stiùbhart a’ dhèanamh. I’m in Glasgow today, on the way to the Isle of Skye. Tomorrow I’ll go to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic […]

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Language videos

This week I’ve been adding videos to some of the language pages on Omniglot. Many of them come from the Wikitongues, and others from the Endangered Languages Alliance or Easy Languages. If you have suggestions for videos for other languages, do let me know. Ideally I’d like to have one or more on each language […]

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How many roads?

Last week I learned that there are quite a few words for roads in Irish. These include: bóthar [ˈbˠoːhəɾˠ] = road; way, manner. From the Proto-Celtic *bow-itros (cow path). Related words in other Celtic languages: – bóthar [boː.ər] = alley, lane (Scottish Gaelic) – bayr [bajr] = avenue, drive, lane, pad, roadway (Manx) – beidr […]

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Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?

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Difficult Irish

Following on from my last post, I decided to look at words for difficult, and related words, in Irish today. There are a number of different words for difficult in Irish: – deacair = hard, difficult; difficulty; hardship, distress; (used in Connacht) – doiligh = hard, difficult; hard to bear, distressing; hard to deal with; […]

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A difficult language?

Quite a few people I’ve talked to here in Glencolmcille have told me that Irish is a difficult language. This got me thinking about what makes a language difficult to learn. Here are some aspects of Irish that learners may find difficult: Spelling and Pronunciation Irish spelling takes quite a while to get used to. […]

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