I asked my Gaelic students if they would share their experiences learning the language. Here is the first of several responses I got:
Let me start off my testimonial by saying just how wonderful of a Gaelic teacher Caroline is! When you choose to learn Scottish Gaelic with Daily Gaelic, you will be getting lessons from someone who not only has an incredible history of learning and perfecting the language for herself before moving onto teaching others, but who absolutely loves and has a passion for it!
At this point, I have nearly completed the Beginners Gaelic course, and I cannot say enough good about the way the workbook and units are laid out, and how incredibly helpful the audio files are for helping me sound out some of those tongue-twisters you come across! The weekly Skype classes are thorough and fun, which really helps to alleviate any nerves. While very professional, we always end up kind of having a rolling giggle throughout the lessons due to the joy of being taught a language we love by a person teaching who shares that same love.
It is pretty incredible to me how much I am able to speak, read and write in Gaelic in such a short period of time, considering a few months ago I knew basically nothing! To be able to greet people (Ciamar a tha thu a-diugh?), to talk about the weather (Nach eil an t-sìde brèagha?), to ask what someone is doing (Dè tha i a' dèanamh?), to describe how I'm feeling (Tha mi trang ach toilichte!), to tell time (Tha e leth uair as dèidh sia uairean)..., to name just a few. I have decided to continue onto the next level and take the Advanced Beginners class beginning next month.
If you have a love for all things Scottish as I do; if you want to connect with your Scottish ancestors; if you want to protect this brilliant language from being lost; or if you just want to try something new, sign up for a class with Daily Gaelic! You will not regret it and you'll have an amazing time learning!
Beannachd leibh! (Blessings with you!)
Caroline has been involved with Gaelic for more than 18 years. She has degrees in Celtic Studies and Gaelic Medium Teaching.