It is already march and I have started working on my schedule for the summer. I will again be at the Ren in the Glen in Glenwood City, WI on July 29 & 30th. This is an amazing renaissance fair in western Wisconsin with mind blowing talent. Well worth the trip!
One of my biggest challenges with learning Scottish Gaelic is being able to use it. The more one is able to use it the faster one learns and the better it sticks in the brain. That being said and Gaelic speakers being as hard to find as phoenix feathers in western Wisconsin, I have resorted to finding reading material. I have actually found a few sites of reading material which I would love to share...
I will post more as I find them. I have also discovered that Google Translate will translate words and phrases fairly well. One has to watch as Scottish Gaelic can be sometimes a little tricky.
Well off to feed the chickens.
I have told you before I am learning to speak Gaelic through free online sources. If you are interested please check out my links page for these very helpful sites. One of my greatest problems was using these skills as I learn them. It is all right and dandy to learn the words and phrases, but one needs to hear them spoken and speak them for them to become part of you. Well, we seem to have a shortage of Gaelic speakers in central Wisconsin and some of the videos I have been seeing are nearly impossible for a beginner to follow. So what is a girl to do? I found these two lovely Gaelic television series on Youtube. Bannan and Machair. I have just finished watching "Bannan" and loved it. It had love, babies, intrigue, drama, and beautiful scenery. It was spoken in Gaelic, but had English subtitles. If I was a little more proficient in Gaelic I could probably follow quite easily, but as it was I could pick out a fair amount of the words I knew. Just to let you know, it ends quite suddenly, so I hope the new season come on soon. I have not gotten into "Machair" much yet, but it looks interesting also.
There is also a great youtube series that teaches one songs in Gaelic. If I were a decent singer this would be great fun, but I am not and I still found it interesting. It is part of the Feis Rios tutor series, with the award winning Gaelic singer Rachel Walker. Here is the website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na9NhB7ZrZs&list=RDna9NhB7ZrZs#t=3.
Hope this finds you well and helps a bit with your interests.
Là Noamh Bhaileintin
I love all things Scottish, Steampunk, belly dancing, and spending time with the granddaughters.