Blogging from A to Z Challenge: G is for Gaelic

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a-to-z-letters-gI’m in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge for the month of April.  I need your help!  To meet this challenge, I’ll be doing one post a day, working through the alphabet.

Your job is to comment and keep me motivated!  Let me know you’re out there and following along.  Can she make it?  Will she?  Of course she will!  With you as my cheering section, I won’t be stumped by J or Q or even X.

So without further ado, here is today’s post.

G is for Gaelic, one of the many languages and dialects spoken throughout history in Scotland, Ireland and other Celtic regions.

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 Scottish Gaelic is still spoken, often along with English, in the Highlands and the Western Isles, and to a lesser degree elsewhere in Scotland. There are also small Gaelic-speaking communities in Canada. 

Gaelic may have been brought to Scotland around the 4th century AD from Ireland. It spread throughout Scotland but began to retreat north and westwards from the 11th century onwards.  

From Celtic-Scotland on Facebook.

From Celtic-Scotland on Facebook.

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7 comments on “Blogging from A to Z Challenge: G is for Gaelic

  1. My grandfather spoke Scottish Gaelic but didn’t pass it along to my father, alas. I recently learned a couple phrases from a Scottish friend, though.

    Tui
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  2. Alana says:

    Cheering you on! You can totally do this!!

    My name is actually Irish Gaelic – my mom spelled it Alana to make it easier to pronounce, but the true spelling should be A.Leanabh — when I was young, I imagined myself growing up to be an old-time Hollywood actress and changing my name to the original spelling just to be unique. ;)

    ~Alana @ writercize.blogspot.com
    Cheering you on from A through Z!

    • willablair says:

      Alana, Thanks! You’re a great cheering section!

      So the “bh” is silent, I guess. I just read somewhere that the “ch” is silent, too. Or maybe only in certain places.

      It’s not too late for that whole Hollywood gig. Or doing it just for fun – I can just imagine the pronunciation attempts that you’d hear!

  3. Nancy Jardine says:

    Hi there! Does having a photo of Queen St. Station mean you’ve been there in Glasgow? And the Guid scots words in the ‘banner’ are all well known by me. I always regretted not learning Gaelic, though I wasn’t given the option at school and have no relatives with ‘the Gaelic.’ Nancy at Welcome to she said, he said

  4. Ruby Wilbur says:

    Love this post! My granny spoke gaelic, but I only learned a few words. I miss hearing her lovely Scots voice…

    Ruby is participating in the A to Z Challenge
    Ruby Wilbur

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