An Naidheachd Againne, Winter 2012 Issue Is Available

The Winter, 2012, issue of our newsletter, An Naidheachd Againne, has been released.

Members should have received it, but they can also obtain it online, by logging in to the ACGA Forum, and checking the Members Room.

Non-members can obtain issues through Summer 2012 in the Public Room of the forum, which requires no login, though you’re welcome to create an account and join our discussions whether you’re a member or not.

An Naidheachd Againne, Fall 2012 Issue Is Available

The Fall, 2012, issue of our newsletter, An Naidheachd Againne, has been released.

Members should have received it, but they can also obtain it online, by logging in to the ACGA Forum, and checking the Members Room.

Non-members can obtain issues through Spring 2012 in the Public Room of the forum, which requires no login, though you’re welcome to create an account and join our discussions whether you’re a member or not.

Gaelic Resource: A’ Choille

[Webmaster’s note: One of ACGA’s membership services is that, from time to time, we acquaint our members with interesting resources that might help them improve their Gaelic. We do this by e-mail. We haven’t posted such information on our website in the past, because we didn’t have a suitable website design. Now we do, so we’ll put a portion of them here for your delectation.]

Our thanks to Jeanne Pendergast for the following.

BBC has a new look to their home page, and in poking around I tried one of their offerings for children, “A’ Choille.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/alba/foghlam/achoille/

It’s childish, of course, but for learners at the right stage, hearing the stories read might be helpful.  You can try understanding as much as you can without looking at the words, and then the next time, if you click on the little “book” on the right, you can see the words as the story is read.

If you choose Sgeulachdan, there are 4 different little “morality” stories, Gaelic translation by Iseabail T. NicDhòmhnaill.

Among the “ubhlan,” you can choose “Leugh” (advancing the pages yourself when you are ready) or “Coimhead” with a continuous story.  Either way the narrator reads the story, and the characters’ voices, while sometimes artificial sounding, are much more understandable than the squeaky voices in some of the Gaelic cartoons I’ve seen that are aimed at unfortunate young children.

“A’ Choille” is aimed at ages 5-7, but there are three others for older children, including an interesting one for high school age containing diaries written at different times by a dozen youngsters who have had to emigrate for various reasons.  This one is based on real people and their stories.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/alba/foghlam/imrich/diaries/

 

2012 U.S. National Mòd Information Available

The 25th Annual U.S. National Mòd is fast approaching – Sept. 21-23 in Ligonier, PA. Registration forms for lodging, the banquet/cèilidh, etc. are available here. The U.S. National Mòd will welcome two Hebridean Gold Medal-winning Gaelic singers this year, Catrìona Watt of Lewis and Glasgow and Niall Campbell of Benbecula.  Our adjudicator this year is Beathag Mhoireasdan from the Isle of Lewis.

Please come and help us celebrate our 25th Mòd in beautiful Ligonier, Pennsylvania!  Fill out the forms and mail them to:

Mike Mackay, Registrar
3860 Dumfries Road
Catlett, VA 20119

Any questions can be forwarded to Mike at mackay@progeny.net  We’ll see you at the Mòd!

An Cridhe Cabaireach (Produced by ACGA Member Jim Lawrence)

ACGA member Jim Lawrence has produced a Gaelic language DVD that is available now at Amazon.com and other media outlets.

“An Cridhe Cabaireach” (The Tell-Tale Heart) is a 24-minute Gaelic version of the classic Poe tale of murder and madness that stars Angus MacLeod of Cape Breton. The DVD actually contains three versions of the story: Gaelic narration only, Gaelic narration with English subtitles, and an English narration with Gaelic subtitles. This makes it an excellent teaching/learning resource for anyone interested in Gaelic.