Since English is also spoken in the Gaelic-speaking areas, communication in Gaelic is not so much a matter of necessity as of choice and interest. This book, therefore, covers more than just the phrases needed by an outsider in a foreign land - it also dips into the chatty, the personal and domestic aspects of the language. It ranges from simple words and phrases to the more complex and idiomatic. Hopefully it will serve the non-speaker of Gaelic who wishes to utter the odd phrase and get an idea of the language, the person whose parents spoke Gaelic and who understands it but is unwilling to 'try his hand', and also the keen learner, who might like to gain a greater scope of everyday phrases than those contained in grammar books of the language. Obviously the whole of the Gaelic language cannot be contained in one book. Therefore a selection has had to be made of those words and phrases most likely to be useful in everyday situations, for example meeting and greeting, aspects of travelling, the weather and eating and drinking. If this selection has been successful, the reader will find the book not only informative but also interesting.
Everyday Gaelic was originally published by Gairm Publications in 1984 and had been reprinted many times. This is an expanded and updated edition which feature up-to-date orthography.
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About the Author
Morag MacNeill was born in Greenock and learned Gaelic as a teenager. She was a full-time primary school teacher and now works as a supply teacher, mainly in the Gaelic medium. She has done extensive teaching of adults within night class, adult education groups and organisations. She has lived in Inverness since 1970.
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After reading much about Scotland & It's history, I decided to try to learn to speak and read It's language. I was also curious to see if it could actually be done on my own. There were many positive reviews for this book on another web site that suggested this book be purchased with it's audio CD so you can hear the way the words should be pronounced. Barnes & Noble was the only place I could find both. I must say that so far I am very pleased with this book and CD, & the CD is a must. It definitely makes all the difference, especially since I have no contact with any Gaelic speakers. The CD has a very clear sound making it easy to hear how the speaker is pronouncing the words & each track corresponds to a section in the book and the CD states the page # to follow along. The author also includes info on grammar, phrases, Gaelic culture & even jokes. I use this book along with the Teach Yourself Gaelic Conversation 3 CD set and booklet. I am learning already but, of course, how much I learn is up to me and I find this to be a good starting point. When I finally get myself to Scotland (in a few years), I'll be ready!