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Blessing for a Baby in Scottish Gaelic
(with pronunciation help)

This blessing has been graciously provided by Colin Mark, author of Gaelic Verbs: Systematized and Simplified, an excellent text on the subject of Gaelic verbs. Mr. Mark lives on the East coast of Scotland and has taught Scottish Gaelic for many years.

A note on speaking Scottish Gaelic:

Spoken Scottish Gaelic, unlike spoken English, flows seamlessly from word to word. If the command has more than one word in it, practice saying the whole phrase as if it were all one word, with no breaks in it.

Remember that "ch" always sounds like "Bach" or "loch." And always roll your "R"'s -- though not all over the place -- more as a simple popped "R" sound.

And keep in mind that no pronunciation guide can adequately convey the unique sound of spoken Scottish Gaelic -- anyone interested in an authentic sound should consider trying one of the instructional self-study courses including videotapes and/or audiotapes, to be found on the SGLABA Books page.

The Blessing for a Baby

Suas Leis a' Ghàidhlig! Up with Gaelic!

© 1998

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