Scottish Gaelic

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Index: Beginning Scottish Gaelic
Index: Intermediate Scottish Gaelic
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Beginning Scottish Gaelic

1.0 Welcome
1.0.1 Overview
1.0.2 Introductions
1.0.3 Welcome \ Fàilte
1.0.4 Getting Started with Gaelic: Alphabet & Pronunciation Basics
1.0.5 Extra Info: Ogham, Origins of Gaelic, Where is Gaelic spoken today

1.1 Pronunciation
1.1.1 Intro to Gaelic Pronunciation
1.1.2 Vowels
1.1.3 Consonants
1.1.4 Summary
1.1.5 Exercises & Resources

1.2 Working with names
1.2.1 Basic grammatical terms
1.2.2 Intro to the verbs IS and BI
1.2.3 Working with names – Vocative Case
1.2.4 Appendix: Surnames
1.2.5 Appendix: Polite Phrases for Class

1.3 Introductory conversations & simple sentences
1.3.1 Basic Conversation One, part 1
1.3.2 The simple sentence, using the verb BI
1.3.3 Basic Conversation One, part 2
1.3.4 Appendix: Breaking down the four forms

2.1 Possession with AIG
2.1.1 Seo / Sin / Siud
2.1.2 Working with indefinite nouns using possession and the Three Column Method, includes prepositional pronouns of AIG, and family vocabulary

2.2 Dative case and the preposition Á/ÁS
2.2.1 The Dative (Prepositional) Case of nouns
2.2.2 Working with the definite article and definite nouns
2.2.3 The question: Có ás a tha sibh? \ Where are you from?
2.2.4 Appendix: Grammatical Gender of nouns in Gaelic

2.3 Dative case and the preposition ANN AN/ ANNS AN
2.3.1 Reviewing the definite article
2.3.2 The question: Tha mi a’ fuireach ann an \ anns an
2.3.3 Appendix: the preposition DO*/A*

3.1 Using the verb IS with definite nouns (Is mise…)
3.1.1 The basics of the IS verb
3.1.2 Person and the IS verb
3.1.3 Simple IS sentences

3.2 Using the verb IS with indefinite nouns (‘S e …. a th’ ann)
3.2.1 Using IS with indefinite nouns

4.1 Nouns and the definite article
4.1.1 Working with nouns (revisiting grammatical gender)
4.1.2 Case of nouns
4.1.3 Plural Nouns
4.1.4 Conversation Two
4.1.5 Working with BI and nouns

4.2 Possessive pronouns & emphatic suffixes
4.2.1 Emphatic suffixes
4.2.2 Possessive pronouns

4.3 Adjectives, part one
4.3.1 Introduction to adjectives
4.3.2 Attributive versus predicative
4.3.3 Attributive adjectives preceding the noun
4.3.4 Lenition with predicative adjectives using GLÉ and RO
4.3.5 Colors
4.3.6 Describing people & things
4.3.7 Declining adjectives
4.3.8 Conversation Three

5.1 Using verbs in the present tense
5.1.1 The present progressive
5.1.2 Appendix: Pronoun objects (GAM/GADs)
5.1.3 Appendix: Position and states of being (NAM/NADs)

5.2 IS verb, part 3
5.2.1 IS verb review
5.2.2 The ‘S e XY construction

6.1 Calendar and numbers
6.1.1 The calendar and the Wheel of the Year
6.1.2 Numbers and telling the time
6.1.3 Numbers and giving the date (vigesimal and decimal numbers)
6.1.4 Numbers, 0-30

6.2 Adverbs of time, place, and manner
6.2.1 What are adverbs?
6.2.2 Review: This, that, yon \ seo, sin, siud
6.2.3 Here, there, yonder \ an seo, an sin, an siud
6.2.4 In(ward) & out(ward) v. being in(side) and out(side)
6.2.5 (Coming) over here & (going) over there v. being over here & over there
6.2.6 (Going) up / (coming) up & (going) down / (coming) down v. being up or down

Intermediate Scottish Gaelic

Coming soon


The Book of IS
The Book of IS Companion