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.

Mail-In Mòd is a Special Opportunity

a Chàirdean ionmhainn,

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the US Mòd, and we have many special additions to the Mòd for this event, including a choir and even an art competition! This very important Mòd will mark an expanded presence of Gaelic song and story in the US, and we will be highlighting the strength of our efforts as supporters of the language and culture of our forbearers.

Because of this, the Mòd committee would like to invite all of you spending time and resources to learn Gaelic, to take part in our Mòd in any way you can! We’d also like to be able to show and promote just how many people here in the States are working diligently to acquire or recapture their Gaelic heritage, and one way is to represent yourselves at the Mòd, which is reported back to Scotland by the guests we invite, as well as the media, who we hope to have represented this year at the event in Ligonier.

Therefore, we’d like to extend an invitation to all of you to use this opportunity to enter the mail-in competition, try your hand at some translations and readings, and even composition of poetry if you would like. This will give you, as a learner, a goal to strive for, some challenging work, and adjudication and feedback on your progress in the language.

To sign up, please go to the web page http://payments.acgamerica.org to submit a paypal registration. You will be shown where and how to get the Mòd materials after your registration. Additional information can be found at http://usmod.wordpress.com/mod-bulletin-an-cuairtear-ceolmhor/.

Thanks for your time, and a big thank-you for all your hard work in supporting Gàidhlig in all the ways you do. Even if you cannot attend the Mòd in person or through the mail, the work you all do is noticed and appreciated here and in Scotland, where the native speakers and leaders of organizations like An Comunn Gàidhealach continue to be impressed by the dedication shown by our efforts.

Leis gach deagh dhùrachd,

Mike M, comataidh a’ Mhòid