Learn Scottish Gaelic

This 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.

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Where Is It Spoken?

UK

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Number Of Speakers

57,000

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Celtic

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Fun facts about Scottish Gaelic

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.

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