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Scottish Gaelic Conversational Phrases

for impressing, intimidating, and annoying your
friends, family and pets


Here are a few phrases, mostly simple, some useful, some a bit whimsical, to help you communicate in Scottish Gaelic.

Spoken Scottish Gaelic, unlike spoken English, flows seamlessly from word to word. 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, like Groundskeeper Willie on "The Simpsons" -- 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.


Na h-Abairtean (the Phrases)


Suas Leis a' Ghidhlig! Up with Gaelic!

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