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Scottish Language Learning Resources

Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) is a member of the Goidelic branch of Celtic languages. This branch also includes the Irish and Manx languages. It is distinct from the Brythonic branch of the Celtic languages, which includes Welsh, Cornish, and Breton. Scottish, Manx and Irish Gaelic are all descended from Old Irish. The language is often described as Scottish Gaelic, Scots Gaelic, or Gàidhlig to avoid confusion with the other two Goidelic languages. Outside Scotland, it is occasionally also called Scottish, a usage dating back over 1,500 years; for example Old English Scottas. Scottish Gaelic should not be confused with Scots, because since the 16th century the word Scots has by-and-large been used to describe the Lowland Anglic language, which developed from the northern form of early Middle English.

One of our listeners, Sian, has informed us that there is a Scots dialect, called Doric, that has over-time come to be spoken primarily around Aberdeen. Wiki tells us:

Scots or Lowland Scots refers to the Germanic varieties derived from Middle English spoken in parts of Lowland Scotland, Northern Ireland and the border areas of the Republic of Ireland. It is not to be confused with Scottish Gaelic, the surviving Celtic language of Scotland. Native speakers in Scotland and Ireland usually[citation needed] refer to their vernacular as "braid Scots" (broad Scots in English) or use a dialect name such as "Teri", "the Doric" or "the Buchan Claik". The old-fashioned "Scotch" occurs occasionally, especially in Ireland. The term Lallans ("of the Lowlands") is used too, though this is more often taken to mean the specific Lallans literary form. Scots in Ireland is known in official circles as "Ulster Scots" or Ullans.

Learn Gaelic

Learn Gaelic

A one-stop shop for anyone and everyone interested in learning Scottish Gaelic.

Aon àite air an eadar-lìon airson a h-uile duine le ùidh ann a bhith ag ionnsachadh Gàidhlig na h-Alba

Scottish Language Dictionaries

Scottish Language Dictionaries is the nation's resource for the Scots language.

We research Scots texts from all periods of history, and record and analyse the language as it is spoken and written throughout Scotland today.

Dictionary of the Scottish Language Online

The Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL) comprises electronic editions of the two major historical dictionaries of the Scots language: the 12-volume Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST) and the 10-volume Scottish National Dictionary (SND). DOST contains information about Scots words in use from the twelfth to the end of the seventeenth centuries (Older Scots); and SND contains information about Scots words in use from 1700 to the 1970s (modern Scots). Together these 22 volumes provide a comprehensive history of Scots, and a New Supplement now (2005) brings the record of the language up to date.

Gàidhlig Thesaurus

Thesaurus of the Scots Gaelic language.


Podcasting in Scottish Gaelic

One Minute Gaelic

Learn Scottish Gaelic with Domhnall as he teaches you the basics of Gaelic. In this podcast you'll be learning just enough Gaelic to get by on a holiday or business trip to a Gaelic-speaking area of Scotland - and to impress native speakers everywhere! Each lesson includes just over one minute of language-learning content, so there's no excuse not to learn! Remember - even a few phrases of a language can help you make friends and enjoy travel more.

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