Speak a Little Gaelic / Write a Little Gaelic

Abair Beagan (Speak a Little) is a new publication which contains some simple Gaelic phrases, terms of address and useful parliamentary terminology

The leaflet has been designed to support non-speakers who are interested in using a few words of Gaelic when welcoming people to the Parliament or when speaking at meetings; for instance it contains guidance on pronouncing Gaelic names like Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (the official name of the council for the Western Isles) or Na h-Eileanan an Iar (the official name for the Western Isles constituencies).

speak a little Gaelic leaflet cover

>>Download the leaflet

The Speak a Little leaflet (607KB pdf) contains phonetics for all the words and phrases as well as links to sound files so you can click on the word or phrase you wish to hear and it will open.

sample of gaelic phrases from the leaflet

We have also produced Sgrìobh Beagan [skreev bek-an] ‘Write a Little’ - which contains simple Gaelic phases that can be used in letters, cards and correspondence such as dates, greetings and sign-offs.  


Hard copies are available from the Gaelic Development Officer: Alasdair MacCaluim/Mark Neilly (jobshare): gaidhlig@scottish.parliament.uk, 85395

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