1. Take time to study everyday.
It doesn't have to be a long time, 10-15 mins a day is enough to make a real difference. It is often more effective to study a little bit everyday than to spend a long time studying only once a week.
2. Be creative: Draw pictures to help you learn new words and phrases, even if they are stick figures. You can also print out pictures. Make up little songs using new vocab. Try writing short stories in Gaelic or using Gaelic.
3. ambush studying:
Ambush studying is where you make learning part of your everyday life. For example, make yourself some bookmarks with the phrase "Tha mi a' leughadh." (I am reading) on them. Put them in the books you are reading, Label the food in your cupboards with their Gaelic names. Label the drawers in your dresser with which type of clothing is them. Put sticky notes with phrases around your house. "Nigh do làmhan" (wash your hands) next to the soap, "Oidhche mhath" (good night) on your bedside lamp. In this way you see and use Gaelic all the time without having to make special time to study.
4. Use social media and connect with other learners: Many Gaelic learners feel lonely and isolated from other learners and Gaelic speakers. Using Facebook and other social media can give you a chance to use your Gaelic every day as well as connecting with other learners, perhaps even in the area where you live.
5. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes. You will not speak perfect Gaelic at first, no one does. Use it anyway. Try it out. Make mistakes. For one thing using Gaelic is more important that getting everything right and secondly making mistakes is a good way to learn.
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Caroline has been involved with Gaelic for more than 18 years. She has degrees in Celtic Studies and Gaelic Medium Teaching.