Fall 2020 offerings!

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AGA and Zero to Gaelic offerings are ‘school year’ programs, so it is best to start at the beginning and not try to join midway through.

Seattle Central and my own classes are quarterly. It may be possible to join at the beginning of each quarter, depending on your skill level with the topic.

Atlantic Gaelic Academy
Information and Registration
Beginners level, 11 AM Pacific (3 hour session), starting September 16
Intermediate 2, 3 PM Pacific (3 hour session), starting September 17

Seattle Central
Information and Registration
Scottish Gaelic 1: 6:30 PM Pacific (8 x 2 hour session), starting October 5 (no class on 11/9)
Ancient Monuments of Scotland & Ireland 9/30/2020 (1 session), 6:30-9:00 PM
Ireland: Beyond the Usual 10/7/2020 (1 session), 6:30-8:30 PM Pacific
Scotland: Beyond the Usual 10/28/2020 (1 session), 6:30-8:30 PM Pacific
the Celts: History, Art, and Mythology 10/14/2020-10/21/2020 (2 sessions), 6:30-9:00 PM Pacific
The Romans in Scotland 11/4/2020 (1 session) 6:30-9:00 PM Pacific

Zero to Gaelic
Information and Registration
Beginners Level. This program meets virtually 2 Saturdays a month for 1.5 hours a session. The time will be 11:30 AM – 1 PM Pacific time. There are 14 sessions total: 10/10/2020, 10/24/2020, 11/14/2020, 11/21/2020, 12/5/2020, 12/19/2020, 1/9/2021, 1/23/2021, 2/6/2021, 2/20/2021, 3/6/2021, 3/20/2021, 4/3/2021, 4/17/2021.

Beginning Conversation
10 Saturday Mornings, 9-11 AM Pacific time, October 10th-December 19th (no class November 7th).
Email me for details.

Summer 2020 Scottish Gaelic Courses

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Normally I don’t have summer courses because everyone (including myself) is usually away. This year is different. I’m offering these Scottish Gaelic classes (all are Pacific Daylight Time):

  • Tuesday morning (10 AM – 12 PM): Beginning Conversation Confidence Builder (Zoom) (6 weeks – just started)
  • Tuesday evening (6:30 – 8:30 PM): Beginning Conversation Confidence Builder (Zoom) (6 weeks – just started)
  • [Now recruiting students] Saturday morning (9 – 11 AM): Beginning Conversation Confidence Builder (Zoom)
  • Thursday evening (7 – 9 PM): Irregular verb review (Intermediate Level) (Skype, could switch to Zoom) (8 weeks – in progress)

While these classes are not designed for absolute beginners, people with some ability with Gaelic should be fine. The Beginning Conversation Confidence Builder is for people who want to become more comfortable asking and answering simple questions. It also serves as a review.

Contact me if these are of interest, or if you are interested in private tutoring options. It is OK to join these courses after they begin. Cost: $25 per 2-hour class (that’s two hours for the price of 1 hour of private tutoring!).

Coming up in the Autumn

In addition to Gaelic courses, the following online history and travel courses are in the pipeline (starting towards the end of September):

  • Scottish Gaelic 1 (Good for absolute beginners) (8 Monday evenings)
  • Ancient Monuments of Scotland and Ireland (1 Wednesday evening)
  • The Celts: History, Art, Mythology (2 Wednesday evenings)
  • The Romans in Scotland (1 Wednesday evening)
  • Scotland: Beyond the Usual (1 Wednesday evening)
  • Ireland: Beyond the Usual (1 Wednesday evening)

These courses are offered online via Zoom so they are available to anyone who can use that platform. Registration will be through Seattle Central College Continuing Education.

In addition, it is possible that the Beginning Conversation classes could continue in the fall. More details to come as we get closer.

More Information

More information is available at:
Website: gaelicseattle.com
Blog/Archive: Geoffrey@Patreon

New way to support my educational work with Gaelic

For those who have enjoyed my classes over the years and would like to see more, perhaps you will consider supporting me on patreon?

Goraidh – A Gaelic Langauge Tutor | Patreon

One of the things that happens when one has a job that pays minimally per hour is that one’s perception of the relationship between effort, needs, and compensation changes. I have spent a lot of time researching, developing, revising, and expanding my Gaelic language, history, and travel courses over the years. I love doing it, but I can’t do it as uncompensated time anymore. Patreon’s way of doing things is new for me, but I hope it can be mutually beneficial.

Let me know what you think?

Le gach dheagh dhùrachdan,

Geoffrey / Goraidh

Goraidh – A Gaelic Langauge Tutor | Patreon


New: Gaelic Language and Culture

I’m offering a new four week class on the language, history, and culture of the Gaelic speaking peoples. The language portion will focus on Scottish Gaelic, but Ireland will be well represented in the other aspects. We can even incorporate Irish language if there is enough interest. The class will be offered once in April and once in early May. For information or registration, here is the link: http://bit.ly/bc-culture.


I am in the process of putting 20+ years of notes into Evernote. It is quite a process, but the goal is to have one place – that is searchable – for everything. Notebooks on a shelf are only so useful. I would like to share some of the things I have in Evernote, but I don’t want to just embed a URL into a note because it is disruptive to the whole blog/response activity because clicking the link takes you out of the window and then requires people to click back in order to comment.

I have yet to find a good solution. Alas.

Learngaelic.net 2014 Advent calendar, to date

Learngaelic.net‘s 2014 Gaelic advent calendar, to date. View on my wordpress blog if the hyperlinks are stripped out.

Mìosachan na Nollaig
a chiad latha – Is mise (1 Dùbhlachd)
an darna latha – Geamhradh (2 Dùbhlachd)
an treas latha – Preusant (3 Dùbhlachd)
an ceathramh latha – Sneachd(a) (4 Dùbhlachd)
an còigeamh latha – Bleideagan Sneachda (5 Dùbhlachd)
an siathamh latha – Bodach-sneachda (6 Dùbhlachd)
an seachdamh latha – Rèin-fhiadh (7 Dùbhlachd)
an t-ochdamh latha – Miotagan (8 Dùbhlachd)
an naoidheamh latha – Sgarfa (9 Dùbhlachd)
an deicheamh latha – Dèideagan (10 Dùbhlachd)
a chiad latha deug – Nollaig (11 Dùbhlachd)
an dàrna latha deug – Craobh Nollaig (12 Dùbhlachd)
an treas latha deug – Solais Nollaig (13 Dùbhlachd)
an ceathramh latha deug – Rionnag (14 Dùbhlachd)
an còigeamh latha deug – Aingeal (15 Dùbhlachd)
an siathamh latha deug – Cairtean Nollaig (16 Dùbhlachd)
an seachdamh latha deug – Cearc-Fhrangach (17 Dùbhlachd)
an t-ochdamh latha deug – Buinneagan Bruisealach (18 Dùbhlachd)
an naoidheamh latha deug – Pòg (19 Dùbhlachd)
am ficheadamh latha – Bodach na Nollaig (20 Dùbhlachd)
a chiad latha air fhichead – Similear (21 Dùbhlachd)
an dàrna latha air fhichead
an treas latha air fhichead
an ceathramh latha air fhichead
an còigeamh latha air fhichead

Beginner’s Gaelic Workshop 1/10/15 in Kirkland; Gaelic Class @ BC (Winter Quarter)


Gaelic Workshop (Kirkland)

Do you need practice with basic conversation / answering simple introductory questions / following or giving instructions, in Gaelic?

I am hosting just such a thing on Saturday, January 10th, 2015 from 1 PM to 4 PM at my house in Kirkland. Cost $30, due upon arrival.

Please PRE-REGISTER by emailing me and letting me know that you’re coming. Space is limited and registration is about half full.

Questions? Email me at macgeoffster [at] gmail.com.

Winter Quarter at Bellevue College (North Campus)

Winter Quarter offers a rare chance to start the Gaelic sequence at the beginning, or continue studying with regular and irregular verbs in the past and future tense. Registration info can be found by clicking here.

Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ùr!

Geoffrey Sammons

Note: We have a giant dog in case allergies are a concern.
Note eile: The text is optional for the BC class. If you don’t have it from Z2G or otherwise, don’t buy it for the BC class.

New Gaelic Calendar and other files

Hai a h-uile duine,

Chuir mi mìosachan airson 2015 air loidhne. Briog air a’ chearcall dearg ri taobh a’ chearcaill soilleir-ghorm agus briog air an duilleag ‘Faidhlichean’ airson an liosta.

I have put up my 2015 Gaelic calendar. Click on the red circle next to the light blue circle and choose ‘Files’ to get the list of possible downloads. It is designed to print out on home printers and reinforces days of the week, months, and giving the date with ordinal numbers.

Please let me know what you think.

It seems that there is a glitch with WordPress. Here is a direct link: 2015 Calendar

10 reasons why Irish is an absolutely awesome language

This is mostly the same for Scottish Gaelic, too!

Health warning! Learning Irish will open your mind, win you interesting friends and make you attractive to the opposite sex.I have devoted a large chunk of my career to learning Irish, working with Irish and making a living out of Irish. So I thought it would be fair to put together a list of reasons why I think the language is worth it. Mine are proper linguistic reasons though – none of that starry-eyed sentimental nonsense about the language being ‘beautiful’ or ‘romantic’! So, put your language geek hats on, here we go!

(Many of the features mentioned here are actually common to all Celtic languages, including Scottish Gaelic and Welsh, but let’s not be splitting hairs now.)

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