Some time ago I worked up this dragon quiz for an SCA event. Thought you may like to test your dragon knowledge.
1. Dave the Barbarian’s pig shaped pet dragon was –
2. In the movie “Rapunzel” played by Barbie, what was the young dragon that was her friend named –
3. In “Jane and the Dragon”, Jane sets out to slay the dragon that flew off with the prince and comes back with the prince and a dragon friend. What is the name of her new friend –
4. What were the names of the 2 headed dragon in “Quest for Camelot”?
5. In “Alice in Wonderland” the Red Queen sent her dragon to stop Alice, what was it called – the
6. Eragon is a young farm boy who finds a mysterious stone that turns out to be a dragon egg. What does he name the dragon when it hatches –
7. In “Dragonheart” This dragon helped save the young monarch’s life by giving him half his heart. What was the name of this dragon –
8. Which dragon lived in a land called Honah Lee and played with a little boy named Little Jackie Paper –
9. Shrek and Donkey have to save the princess from a large dragon named
10. The “Munsters” had a dragon under their stairs his name was
11. In the Voyage of the Dawn Treader from the Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe series, Lucy and Edmund’s cousin was changed into a dragon. What was the name of the cousin? –
12. In the “The Hobbit”, Bilbo sets out with an expedition to steal a treasure from what dragon? –
13. In a cartoon playing in 1970, there was an 11 year old boy who was shipwrecked and befriended by a talking flute named Freddy and a dragon and chased by a wicked witch named Wilhelmina W. Witchiepoo. Who was the dragon –
14. What was the name of Pete’s Dragon –
15. In the “Neverending Story” Bastian rode on a large white fluffy dragon named
16. In the “Sword and the Stone” Merlin fought a battle of magic with a witch who turned into a large purple fire breathing dragon(among other things). What was her name?
17. Harry Potter’s friend Hagrid acquired a dragon egg. What did Hagrid name his baby dragon? What type of dragon was he?
18. Mulan had a small guardian dragon to protect her named –
19. The wicked witch in the movie Sleeping Beauty changed into a very large prince eating dragon. Her name was –
20. In “How to Train Your Dragon” a young viking warrior named Hiccup befriended a dragon he named Toothless. What type of dragon was he?
How did you do? Did you have to look some up or ask a friend?
Halo, Cimar a tha sihb?
Most people I have spoke to about Scottish Gaelic have never heard of it or thought it was a dead language. I feel that tv and movies have maybe moved it into the light a bit. The Disney movie "Brave" and the Starz series "Outlander" have done much to bring it to our attention. It is like seeing something you have never noticed and now you see it all over. I recently bought a Toyota Yaris car. I had never even heard of this type of car before. Now I see them quite frequently.
I have been seeing Scots Gaelic in more place than before now too. "Google translate" has added Scots Gaelic to it's list of languages and if you have Foxfire as a browser, you may have that in Gàidhlig as well. If you are learning Gaelic it is important to use it as much as possible in everyday life. Seeing it on my browser makes me think a wee bit. Keep at it, it is worth the work.
slan leibh an-drasta
I have mentioned before that I do a major share of my learning online. I love to find sites that have free learning opportunities. I would like to share my latest find - Futurelearn is an awesome site formed by a partnership of colleges, universities, and cultural institutions from Europe. These schools put out high quality free online courses that are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life. Did I mention free! The courses range from Successful Aging, Moons, Learning Dutch, Commercial Photography, to Genealogy. The classes are set up for a specific amount time, but one is not required to finish in that time period. You may take as long as you like finish the class. As I said the classes are free, but if you want a certificate of completion there is a cost. I just finished a course on Robert Burns and learned much more than I had expected. My father was born in Stranaer, which is near the area Robert Burn's was raised in Ayrshire. I learned some bits of history about the area my father was raised and Scotland in general, some lovely written works, and that "Auld Lang Syne" is the most popular song sung after "Happy Birthday". I do need to try haggis. Check out this site if you enjoy learning, you will be amazed at the variety of subjects available.
What a great weekend I had. I taught an introductory class in Gaelic to a lovely group of ladies for the Society for Creative Anachronism event in Auburndale, WI. They learned a wee bit of conversational Gaelic, which included greetings, introductions, how to order a whiskey, and to ask where the bathroom is. All the important things to know. My hope was to make it less intimidating and fun, which they told me I had accomplished.
The SCA is a medieval re-creation group. It is much like the Civil War and Rendezvous groups, but we like the medieval time period (minus the plague and inquisitions and plus running water). Some of the activities one can pursue are calligraphy, illumination, singing, dancing, bead making, cooking, vinting, herbal-ism, book binding, paper making, falconry, horsemanship, archery, bardic arts, costuming, weaving, archery, rapier, and heavy fighting to name a very few. My goal is to become fluent enough in Gaelic to be able to write awards for the kingdom. We will see. If you are interested in finding out more about the SCA, check out their website. If you are in Wisconsin, we are in the SCA's kingdom of Northshield. When I began in the SCA it was something I could do with my granddaughters. We have had many great adventures together and I hope to have many more with them. These two girls are some of my best friends and I love doing stuff with them.
Slàn leibh an-dràsta (farewell for now)
Halo, 's mise Sharon Byers agus tha mi ag ionnsachadh Gàidhlig.
Hello, my name is Sharon Byers and I am learning Gaelic.
Ciamar a tha sibh an-duigh? How are you today?
Tha glè mhath. I am very well.
Now that you peeked into the Scottish Gaelic Language, you have maybe noticed a few differences from English. They use only 18 letters – A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, L, M, N, O, P, R, S, T, U. Because some of the letters in the alphabet are missing, that means their unique sounds are also missing. In Gaelic combinations of other letters make up these missing sounds, such “mh” sounds like “v”. Remember, like any new endeavor it seems very difficult, but take your time and enjoy the experience. Every once in a while go back and review one of the beginner sections and you will be amazed at how much you have learned.
It has been said that children learn new things faster than adults do. I do know teachers make it much more fun and interesting for children to learn. Games and songs add a very enjoyable element to learning. There are several spots on the web for help in teaching children Scottish Gaelic. I will admit I am not too proud that I will not take all the help I can get in learning and these sites make it fun for adults also.
On the Learn Gaelic website under “Beginners” there is a “Beginners Course”. Here there are bright colored cute pictures to go along with the words. The new words are then placed in sentences to show one how they work in the sentence structure. The rules of Gaelic language structure is a bit different than the English language and the do a nice effort in explaining this. Afterward there are conversations between characters that you can follow along and then you are given a chance to speak each side of the conversation. If you look at the bottom of the screen, there is a buttons that will allow you to follow along in English. Another button explains words that you may not have encountered in the program yet. I highly suggest to speak these parts out loud. It gives you a chance to hear if you are saying the words correctly and gives you a chance to practise saying the them. If you are having issues with a word, remember you can pop over to the dictionary and use the word files to help hear it a bit clearly and slower. At the end there is a small quiz to test you new knowledge.
Another great website is Gaelic 4 Parents. This is a great website for parents who are involved in teaching their children to speak Gaelic. This site may be a bit more academic as it has sections from 0-3 to Children in school. This site also has the option for homework help and discussion groups to help parents with issues. This site has songs, stories, games, and things to help them learn and that works for adults also. It is much more fun and exciting to learn a song or story then a row of words. Many of the songs and stories are traditional one, which now throws in a bit of Scottish culture and history to your learning.
Still another one is Guthan Beaga (Small Voices). This is another website for helping parents teach Gaelic to their children. It has excellent pronunciation video clips for the different sounds, words, and phrases in the Gaelic vocabulary. A Gaelic letter's sound changes when a grave accent is added (à). It indicates a longer version of the vowel. Two words can be written exactly the same but with the grave accent in one it changes the sound and the meaning. Example would be bata - staff, stick and bàta – boat. I found this website very helpful with my pronunciation. One of the nice features of this site is one is able to download parts or sections of the website and print them out or download the entire website to use off line, which means you have the convienence of doing your learning anywhere.
So there you go. Here is my advice for today. Do not become frustated, every new endeavor is difficult in the beginning. Take it as opening up a new world. Learning Gaelic has taken me back in history, over the ocean, to an online Robert Burns course, to new music, to new friends, and so much more.
For the website links, visit my website at sharonbyers.weebly .com. I have the links mentioned here posted and many more.
Tioraidh an - drasta
Good bye for now
I love all things Scottish, Steampunk, belly dancing, and spending time with the granddaughters.