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An Sgeulachd Agam

Is mise Seosaidh, Tha mi a Cill Bhreannain agus tha mi nam mhaighstir-sgoile.  Tha mi a ‘fuireach ann am Pàislig. Thàinig mo theaghlach à Ìle.

Is mise fear-gèidh,  bàrd,  bruadaire, agus  cluicheadair piàna.

Cur-seachadan agus ùidhean

Agus a’ bruidhinn ri mo charaidean air-loidhne, ’S e tidsear a th’ annam, Air-loidhne.

Meadhanan Ceilteach

Cànan nan Gàidheal


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Scottish Gaelic lesson 18 -More tense examples

tha mi trang an dugh /        present

bha mi sgith an dè /             past

bha an duine glè ard /         past

bidh iad uil aig an taigh a-nochd / future tense / they will all be…..


Imperfect form


bhithinn                                I would be

bhiodh / bhitheadh tu        you would be

bhiodh / bhitheadh e, i       he she  it would be

bhiomaid / bhitheamaid    we would be





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Scottish Gaelic Lesson 17 – Possessives and word change

One absolutely frightening thing about Gaelic is that when you think you know a word, suddenly that word appears looking very very different leaving the reader very very confused. Some of these differences we have already spoken about, like an H coming in after the first letter, or an I being added at the end (lenition and slenderisation).

In Slenderisation particularly, when the I is added, another vowel letter sometimes changes. This happens a lot, but today we want to focus on  short nouns because these usually change when they are in the possessive.

Try to examine the following and complete the ones which are missing:


Ceann becomes cinn / mo chinn / my head

fear becomes fir / còta an fhir mhòir / coat of the big man

mac becomes mic / ainm a mic / name of her son

falt becomes fuilt

eun becomes eòin

bard becomes bhùird

Please see  page 32 of Gràmar na Gàidhlig by MIchael Byrne

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Gaelic Lesson 16: Adjectives

As in English, we have two types of adjectives:

  1. the adjectives before the noun (the green man )
  2. the adjectives after the noun (the man is green)

The same rules apply in Gaelic but can be a little bit vague when trying to translate because the adjective comes immediately after the noun (not before) in both cases. As always there are exceptions to this rule and there are some appearing before.

The rules surrounding the lenition of singular adjectives is fairly complicated and I think it is best to learn these “on the go”. More will be said about these as we move forward.


points to note:

some masculine adjectives lenite if they are with prepositions or possessives. Slenderising only happens with the possessive and an article where the adjective is masculine .

Feminine adjectives always lenite, however they also add an E if the noun is in its long form.

In plural adjectives, an “a” is added at the end, otherwise they do not change

brògan ùra

the adjective can be lenited with some  plurals,

balaich bheairteach