Almost from the beginning of my interest in Gaelic I have also loved the stories that come from the Gaelic culture, the ones that go right back hundreds maybe even thousands of years. There is something about them that enthralls me. I think it is that even though the stories are incredibly old they are here today being interesting to me, a modern person. They link me to those times in a way that makes them real and tangible rather than remote and disconnected.
Below is a project to bring these stories as well as Gaelic workshops and presentations on the history of Gaelic to people across America, to increase awareness of Gaelic and to help people make a connection to it. Please consider contributing in any way you can and please let other people know about this project too. Mòran taing.
I'd love to see numbers of Gaelic speakers rise and rise, to see the percentage of Gaelic speakers reach 10% or higher of the population of Scotland and for people all over the world to know about and respect Gaelic. But these are not personal goals. I may be contributing in a small way but I can't measure myself against that.
My personal goals are to continue learning Gaelic, to keep improving and learning and using new words and to communicate with people in Gaelic.
What are your goals for your self regarding Gaelic?
Some people want to know just a little Gaelic. Some people want to be able to have an every day conversation. Some want to have perfect grammar. Some want to write academic papers in Gaelic.These are all good goals and the best goal for you is the one you want.
Because there are so many people who care so very much about Gaelic there can be some pressure to work towards a goal that isn't your own. So my advice is, set clear goals for yourself and work towards them in a way that works for you and know that whether your goal is 10 words or complete fluency, that you are contributing positively to the state of the Gaelic language and don't forget to have fun while learning. (more on having fun in tomorrow's post)
Caroline has been involved with Gaelic for more than 18 years. She has degrees in Celtic Studies and Gaelic Medium Teaching.