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)
My ultimate goal is to help promote Gàidhlig. To that end, I hope to gain fluency, and then take a degree in Gaelic Development. I want to see the language grow, and I believe it is possible.
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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.