Mo Chuimhne air Leòdhas (from ANA Winter 2012)

In the second of our re-prints from our newsletter, An Naidheachd Againne, Catriona Parsons tells us about the place she was born – Aignish, in the district of Point on the Isle of Lewis.

Rugadh mi ann a’ baile beag air taobh an ear Leódhais. ‘S e Aignis ainm a’ bhaile bhig seo, “Aignis air a’ mhachair” mar a chanas an t-òran. Tha Aignis ‘na laighe ann a’ sgìre an Rudha, agus chan eil eadar an Rudha agus an còrr dhen eilean ach aoidh chumhang ris an canar Am Bràighe…

I was born in a village on the east side of the Isle of Lewis, by the name of Aignish—“Aignish on the machair”, as the song goes. Aignish lies in the district of Point which is tied to the rest of the island by a narrow isthmus called the “Bràighe”…

To read more, please click the link below (PDF Format – Adobe Reader Required). The article also contains a link to a thread about the article in the ACGA Forum, to allow discussion or questions.

http://download.acgamerica.org/Reprints/ANA_Reprint_2_Lewis_2012-1.pdf

Gàidhlig on the Go—LearnBots (from ANA Fall 2012)

In the first of a new series of posts of selected articles from our quarterly Bi-lingual e-zine, An Naidheachd Againne, Rudy Ramsey reviews the Learnbots “Gàidhlig on the Go” app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

LearnBots is a fun, and rather clever, way to learn and practice verb forms with the aid of a mobile device. Before I tell you about it, though, you need to do something for me. You know that “suspend disbelief” switch in your head that helps you enjoy science fiction? (You may be using it just now for political campaigns.) Well, you may want to turn it on for a paragraph or two.

LearnBots is an app that lets you drill yourself on verb forms. It teaches you the imperative, past, future, conditional, infinitive, and verbal noun forms of 101 different verbs, with conjugation, spelling, and pronunciation by a native speaker. What, no disbelief problems yet? Ah, I almost forgot. It uses images of a rather fanciful family of robots — including a man, a woman, a dog, and a hive of bees — to make things interesting and to visually tie the verb root to its meaning. And in my opinion, it works, at least as a motivational aid, and perhaps as a retention aid. I am absolutely certain, however, that some folks will see this as purely a gimmick. So your mileage may vary…

To read more of Rudy’s review, click here to download the article (PDF Format, Adobe Reader required). The article also contains a link to a thread about the article in the ACGA Forum, to allow discussion or questions.

 

An Naidheachd Againne, Fall 2014 Issue Is Available

The Fall, 2014, 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 2014 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.

Information about joining ACGA can be found here.

“One of the best ever” – The US National Mòd for 2014

The 27th US National Mòd was held in the beautiful hills of western Pennsylvania, with new faces as well as friends that have come back year after year.

Our adjudicator this year: Lewis (Lodaidh) MacKinnon, who brought his own unique approach and some new ideas to the role.  The result?  Competitors and spectators alike expressed enthusiasm for his supportive and educational perspective.

We welcomed again the Royal Mòd Gold Medalists: from 2013, Eilidh Munro and Robert Robertson.  They were as happy to be here in the festivities as we were to have them!

Congratulations to Debby Biro for winning the US Mòd’s highest awards – the S.C.O.T.S shield from the Twin States for highest scores in the Prescribed category, and for the Marietta MacLeod award for highest overall scores!

For more pictures and news of the Mòd, visit the Mòd and ACGA Facebook pages!

The 2014 U.S. National Mòd Is Coming!

The Mòd is coming!

The 27th annual Mòd is just around the corner – September 19, at the Ligonier Highland Games, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A great time to listen to native Gaelic speakers, fluent learners, and adventurous newcomers tackling Gaelic songs, stories and poems in competition and at cèilidhs. A great time to soak up as much Gaelic as you can in a friendly, relaxed environment. A great time to be part of a Gaelic community – without the cost of a roundtrip airfare to Scotland!

Both Gold Medalists from Scotland’s Royal National Mòd will be attending our event. This year, we will have the honor to welcome the female and male medalists, Eilidh Munro and Robert Robertson, brought to us courtesy of The Gaelic Society An Comunn Gaidhealach, in Scotland.

We will be having Lewis Mackinnon from Cape Breton as our adjudicator this year. This will be a first here for Lewis as our adjudicator, and it will be a unique opportunity to meet and speak with the Office of Gaelic Affairs’ Executive Director, let alone to receive an adjudication from an accomplished Gael such as he! We welcome the opportunity to have him with us this year.

If you have ever wanted to see the Mòd or meet with native speakers, to compete and try out your Gaelic, or just to attend the games and take in the Mòd experience, sign up! Go to http://usmod.wordpress.com/mod-bulletin-an-cuairtear-ceolmhor/ and you’ll see what you need to do! You can direct any questions to macaoidh88@gmail.com.

We do ask that you send in your forms by September 14 so that we can get a good head count.

We welcome donations to support our efforts to continue holding Mòd Naiseanta Aimeiragaidh. Donations are tax-deductible in the United States as allowed by law. There is a donation page on the form mentioned above, and you can also donate on the AGCA website.

The Mòd Committee hope you will be able to join us in Ligonier, or if not, that you will consider making a donation.

Leis gach deagh dhùrachd,

Comataidh a’ Mhòid
Mòd Naiseanta Aimearagaidh 2014