Everyday Gaelic

Everyday Gaelic 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 than just the phrases nee

  • Title: Everyday Gaelic
  • Author: Morag MacNeill
  • ISBN: 9781841583402
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 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 moSince 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 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 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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    1. As a source of useful phrases, this book is rather good. Niceley re-done in the new edition. My bugbear is the "pronunciation guide" which uses rehashed English syllables. That's always like trying to describe a Monet painting using no more than 2 colour terms. The two languages just don't overlap enough in pronunciation for such a guide to be useful. Better not to add one because if the outcome is Gaelic no native speaker will ever understand, what's the point?

    2. I give it a 3/5 because the whole book is not read out on the disc. As it is quite a hard language to pronounce. Unless you are a gael you need the words read for you or you could get it wrong. This is especially bad since the pronunciation of words in Gaelic is crucial. The difference in the length of a letter can change the meaning.

    3. This book takes the approach that since most if not all areas where Gaelic is spoken they also speak in English too that you may just want to learn phrases, jokes, etc. Not a dictionary and not much on their grammer.

    4. Wonderful book for reference! Lost a star because this edition is outdated. Probably getting a revised edition is the best especially for those who are not familiar with the language.

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