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23 June 2020

Gaelic Learning website sees record activity during lockdown

Nicky MacCrimmon LearnGaelic user

An increase in demand for Gaelic has seen the LearnGaelic website double its users during the coronavirus lockdown.

With self-improvement and language learning especially seeing a surge in interest in the past few months, MG ALBA, one of the LearnGaelic partners and operators of the site, has announced record figures.

Over 114,000 unique users accessed LearnGaelic from the beginning of lockdown, more than double the total of Gaelic speakers according the last census.

Eilidh Lewsey, LearnGaelic Editor, said: “We’ve seen the strongest growth in our beginners’ resources such as our Gaelic Sounds pages and Fichead Facal (vocabulary lists). An Litir Bheag (The Little Letter), a short letter aimed at learners, is fully integrated with our dictionary and has also enjoyed a momentous growth. Our Dictionary consistently continues to gather momentum and we are delighted that learners and Gaelic speakers alike continue to enjoy putting it to good use.”

With the launch of Scottish Gaelic last year on the global language learning app, Duolingo, the language has seen a spike in interest across digital platforms.

The LearnGaelic website was redesigned last year and the social media outreach has helped to drive users towards taking the first steps in learning the language.

Nicky MacCrimmon (36) from Dundee, spoke a little bit of Gaelic as a toddler but forgot it all after attending English speaking schools. Over 30 years later he decided to pick it up again and he regularly uses the LearnGaelic website to bolster his skills.

He said: “I was blown away by how much stuff was on the website and how accessible it is. I use quite a lot of the beginners’ resources because they are colourful and full of cartoons and give you a brilliant basic introduction, which is just what you need as a learner.

“I wouldn’t enjoy learning Gaelic as much without LearnGaelic, I might force myself through it but it wouldn’t be anything like as much fun. It’s been hugely helpful for me.”

Gaelic singer Josie Duncan from the band Inyal has been filming a regular segment during lockdown called “Learn a Gaelic song”.

Josie said: “It’s been a joy to still be able to connect and teach song through lockdown with LearnGaelic. Music is always such an important outlet, and even more so just now. Seeing people respond to the videos and post up their own takes on the songs has been absolutely brilliant.”

Created in 2011, LearnGaelic is an online companion for Gaelic learners, with tools and resources useful to all levels of Gaelic proficiency.

LearnGaelic is a partnership between MG ALBA, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the BBC, Bòrd na Ceiltis (Alba) and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

23 Ògmhios 2020

Cleachdadh làrach-lìn airson ionnsachadh na Gàidhlig a’ dol am meud tron ghlasadh-sluaigh

Nicky MacCrimmon LearnGaelic user

Tha àireamhan luchd-cleachdaidh an làraich LearnGaelic air dùblachadh tron ghlasadh-sluaigh, ri linn barrachd iarrtas airson na Gàidhlig.

Le fèin-leasachadh, agus gu sònraichte ionnsachadh cànain, a’ faicinn meudachadh mòr ann an ùidh thar nam beagan mhìosan a chaidh seachad, tha MG ALBA, aon de na compàirtichean aig LearnGaelic agus a tha a’ lìbhrigeadh na làraich, àireamhan cho àrd ’s a bha ann a-riamh ainmeachadh.

Chleachd còrr air 114,000 neach LearnGaelic bho thoiseach a’ ghlasadh-sluaigh, a dhà uimhir na bha de luchd-labhairt na Gàidhlig ann a rèir a’ chunntas-sluaigh mu dheireadh.

Thuirt Eilidh Lewsey, Deasaiche LearnGaelic: “Tha sinn air am fàs as motha fhaicinn a thaobh nan goireasan do luchd-tòiseachaidh, leithid nan duilleagan Gaelic Sounds agus Fichead Facal (liostaichean briathrachais). Tha An Litir Bheag, litir ghoirid a tha ag amas air ar luchd-ionnsachaidh, ceangailte gu mòr ris an fhaclair againn agus tha e air fàs sònraichte fhaicinn. Tha am Faclair againn gu cunbhalach a’ fàs nas làidire, agus tha sinn air ar dòigh gu bheil an dà chuid luchd-ionnsachaidh agus fileantaich a’ leantainn orra ga chur gu feum.”

Le Gàidhlig na h-Alba ri faighinn air an app ionnsachadh cànain Duolingo bhon uiridh, tha ùidh mhòr air nochdadh anns a’ chànan thairis air diofar ùrlaran didseatach.

Chaidh dreach ùr a thoirt air an làrach an-uiridh, agus tha iomairtean air na meadhanan sòisealta air cuideachadh le bhith a’ brosnachadh luchd-cleachdaidh a bhith a’ gabhail nan ciad-cheumannan ann a bhith ag ionnsachadh a’ chànain.

Bha beagan Gàidhlig aig Nicky MacCrimmon (36), à Dùn Dè, nuair a bha e na bhalach òg, ach chaill e sin nuair a chaidh e gu foghlam tro mheadhan na Beurla. Às dèidh 30 bliadhna, chuir e roimhe fhèin a togail a-rithist, agus bidh e a’ cleachdadh làrach LearnGaelic gus cur ris na sgilean aige.

Thuirt e: “Tha e dìreach do-chreidsinneach na tha de stuth air an làrach-lìn agus cho furasta ’s a tha e a ruighinn. Tha mi a’ cleachdadh tòrr de na goireasan airson luchd-tòiseachaidh oir tha iad cho dathte agus làn dhealbhan agus, mar neach-ionnsachaidh, tha thu a’ faighinn dìreach na tha a dhìth ort.

“Cha chòrdadh e rium a bhith ag ionnsachadh na Gàidhlig cho mòr mura b’ e LearnGaelic. ’S dòcha gun toirinn orm fhèin faighinn troimhe ach cha bhiodh e idir cho tlachdmhor. Tha e air a bhith air leth feumail dhomh”.

Tha an seinneadair Gàidhlig, Josie Duncan, bhon chòmhlan Inyal, air a bhith a’ clàradh sreath cunbhalach tron ghlasadh-shluaigh air a bheil “Learn a Gaelic song”.

Thuirt Josie: “Tha e air a bhith na thlachd dhomh a bhith comasach òrain a theagasg agus a bhith ann an conaltradh le daoine tron ghlasadh-shluaigh le LearnGaelic. Tha ceòl na mheadhan cho cudromach, agus ’s dòcha gu bheil e fiù ’s nas cudromaiche an-dràsta. Tha e cho math a bhith a’ faicinn mar a tha daoine a’ dèiligeadh ris na bhidiothan, ’s e rud air leth math a th’ ann a bhith a’ faicinn nan dreachan aca fhèin air na h-òrain.”

Air a chruthachadh ann an 2011, ’s e caraid air-loidhne do luchd-ionnsachaidh na Gàidhlig a th’ ann an LearnGaelic, le innealan agus goireasan a tha gu feum aig gach ìre comais.

Tha LearnGaelic na cho-bhanntachd eadar MG ALBA, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, am BBC, Bòrd na Ceiltis (Alba) agus Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.


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