Scottish Gaelic is a distinct language from Scots and is believed to have been brought to Scotland by settlers from Ireland around 500 AD who founded a Gaelic kingdom on Scotland’s west coast in present-day Argyll. It reached its peak influence in Scotland in 1100 AD and was spoken by the Kings of Scotland. It declined from the 17th century when anti-Gaelic laws were passed. There is now a language development body in the country charged with its preservation.Learn Scottish Gaelic with uTalk
Road signs and station signs - written in both Scottish Gaelic and English - are being introduced in Scotland.
There is no verb 'to have'- a Gaelic speaker would say, 'Two sons are at me' to mean 'I have two sons': Tha dithis mhac agam.
There's a Gaelic saying: ‘there isn’t a flood that will not subside’ - chan eil tuil air nach tig traoghadh.
English gets the word slogan from the Scottish Gaelic 'sluagh-ghairm', which means 'battle cry'!
In Scottish Gaelic, the verb usually comes first, then the subject, then the object. For example, the sentence 'Jack ate bread' would follow the order of 'ate Jack bread'.
Traditionally, each letter of the alphabet is named after a tree or shrub - for example, B is named after the birch tree ('beith') and C is named after hazel ('coll').
The word 'whisky' comes from the Gaelic uisge beatha, which means 'water of life'.
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