Useful Gaelic word: cian

cian – age/distance Listen to the pronunciation guide Cian is one of these words hardly ever used in modern Gaelic on its own with its original...

Useful Gaelic word: Sìthean or dìthean

Sìthean/dìthean – flower The Gaelic word for flower varies according to region. In Lewis, most Gaelic-speakers will use the word "sìthean", pronounced shee-han. Meanwhile...

Useful Gaelic word: trod

trod – argument/anger/trouble Trod, pronounced just as spelt, is one of these words which classes for Gaelic learners seldom seem to teach, but which are...

Support for Gaelic?

A survey of public attitudes to Gaelic suggests that there is public support for the Scottish government's decision to spend £24m a year on...

Useful Gaelic word: cothrom

cothrom – opportunity/balance/weight Listen to the pronunciation guide The th-sound is silent and the word is pronounced corrom. The word is worth knowing about because it...

Useful Gaelic word: clò

clò – cloth/material/print Listen to the pronunciation guide Clò means cloth, in particular heavy kinds of cloth such as tweed. The standard Gaelic for Harris Tweed...

Useful Gaelic word: fèin

fèin – self Listen to the pronunciation guide The word is often spelt féin in older books and the resemblance to the Irish word féin –...

Useful Gaelic word: math

Math – good Listen to the pronunciation guide Pronounced mah – this is one of the indispensible Gaelic words and one of the first picked by...

Useful Gaelic word: uisge

Uisge – water/rain Listen to the pronunciation guide This is one of the Gaelic words which varies in meaning according to dialect. In most Gaelic dialects,...

Useful Gaelic word: Beurla

How to pronounce "beurla" The Gaelic word for English language – Beurla – looks nothing like the word for English in the sense of someone...