Why you should learn Gaelic with us this year – 2022-2023 Registration is open

Start down the Gaelic Path version 4
A bheil ùidh air a bhith agad air Gàidhlig ionnsachadh?
Is urrainn dhuinn do chuideachadh.
Have you wanted to learn Gaelic?
We can help.
Have you wanted to learn Gaelic and put it off? Hear us out. This year is a great year to start or to re-start. No need to wonder any longer about a phrase in Outlander, or drive confused in Scotland, or wish you could sing along.
Have you come up to a birthday or a wedding and reached out to someone for a toast in Gaelic then struggled over how to pronounce it? Well, never again.
Learning the language is the foundation for understanding the music, poetry, and stories of the Gaels.  Join us for classes and immerse yourself in the language and heritage your ancestors wanted to bequeath to you, a language as beautiful as the landscape.
Thig ann agus leum a-steach
Bidh tu toilichte gun do rinn thu e.
(Come and jump in. You’ll be glad you did it.)
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But, maybe you think you’re not good at languages? Shy about struggling through the pronunciations?
No worries. Remember:
 ‘S fhearr leam Gàidhlig bhriste na Beurla ghlàn.
(Broken Gaelic is better than clever English.)

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March Issue of Am Bollsair Geocach Released

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The most recent issue of the e-newsletter from Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhòir, Am Bollsair Geocach, has been released. If you are on our mailing list it should be in your inbox now!

A bheil sibh airson an cuairt-litir fhaighinn?
Sgrìobh thugainn aig sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com.

Do you want to receive the newsletter?
Write to us at sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com.

Thigibh do Chèilidh na Bealltainn (Come to the Beltaine Cèilidh)

Didòmhnaich, 1mh An Cèitean
2f – 5f
Cèilidh Dhualchasach
Thigibh ann cuide ruinn!

Sunday, 1 May, 2 pm – 5 pm
Traditional Cèilidh
Join us!

Às deidh dà bhliadhna de thachartasan a bhith air loidhne, bidh sinn a’ cruinneachadh a-rithist aig taigh-cèilidh airson òrain a sheinn, dàin aithris, naidheachdan a co-roinn, agus sgeulachdan a thoirt, sa Ghàidhlig!

Abair gum bi e gasta tòiseachadh a-rithist air Latha Buidhe Bealltainn!

After two years of events being online, we will be gathering again at a Cèilidh House to sing songs, recite poetry, share news, and tell stories in Scottish Gaelic.

How splendid it will be to start again on the first day of May (the Beautiful Day of Beltane)!

Bidh fàilte air a h-uile duine! – Everyone is welcome!
A bheil thu airson tighinn? Sgrìobh thugainn aig sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com
Want to come? Write to us at sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com

More Than Kilts and Cabers: Scottish Gaelic Voices from North America

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Watch for a new podcast release every day of
Seachdain na Gàidhlig / World Gaelic Week, March 21st through 27th

You can Find Us Streaming on
SpotifyGoogle PodcastsStitcherAmazon MusicPodcast Addict,
Apple Podcasts, & TuneIn+Alexa

January Issue of Am Bollsair Geocach released!

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The most recent issue of the e-newsletter from Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhòir, Am Bollsair Geocach, has been released. If you are on our mailing list it should be in your inbox now!

A bheil thu airson an cuairt-litir fhaighinn?
Sgrìobh thugainn aig sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com.

Do you want to receive the newsletter?
Write to us at sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com.

November issue of Am Bollsair Geocach released!

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The most recent issue of the e-newsletter from Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhòir, Am Bollsair Geocach, has been released. If you are on our mailing list it should be in your inbox now!

A bheil thu airson an cuairt-litir fhaighinn?
Sgrìobh thugainn aig sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com.

Do you want to receive the newsletter?
Write to us at sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com.

Podcast Release – History Matters: Especially the Difficult Parts

We are excited to announce the release of the third episode in Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir‘s Facing Our History – The North American Gael series. History Matters: Especially the Difficult Parts, is now available as a podcast. You can listen to the podcast on our website here.

You can also find us streaming on 
SpotifyApple Podcasts, StitcherPodcast Addict, Google PodcastsAmazon Music,  & TuneIn+Alexa

Is Cudromach Eachdraidh: gu seachd araid na pàirtean troma.
Ciamar a nithear na tuinichean a bhith nan caraidean
a bha a’ fuiling tuineachadh roimhe?

History Matters: Especially the Difficult Parts
How do the colonized who became colonizers become allies?

In this episode, we welcome Òmar Bhochanan | Amber Buchanan to Facing Our History – The North American Gael and a unique discussion with Scott Morrison. This is the first episode where our guest comes from a Gàidhealtachd; in this case the Nova Scotia Gàidhealtachd. To date, the Facing Our History series has examined the colonization and oppression of the Gael and their dispersal in North America from a national and cultural perspective, and from an economic or class perspective. In this session, we move to examine the legacy of settler colonialism and its impact on the Gael. Òmar is a partner and consultant in Inside Out, a Gàidhlig and yoga teacher, a weaver, and a Gaelic activist from Cape Breton.

Give a listen to this episode and join us for future episodes. Each program will be in the medium of English to reach the widest audience, but will have some Gaelic woven into the program – a taste of Gaelic if you will.

There is an assumption at the foundation of this project: That if we better understand our own Scottish Gaelic history and our own experience of oppression and colonization, the responses of our ancestors to those conditions in their own words, and how that historical experience and the narratives that grew from it have shaped today, we can not only better revitalize our own language and culture but be better allies with those who suffered from the same process.

Tha sinn an dòchas gun tig sibh còmhla rinn air an turas seo.
We hope you will join on this journey.

October issue of Am Bollsair Geocach released!

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The most recent issue of the e-newsletter from Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhòir, Am Bollsair Geocach, has been released. If you are on our mailing list it should be in your inbox now!

A bheil thu airson an cuairt-litir fhaighinn?

A bheil an seòladh puist-d againn mu thràth?

Sgrìobh thugainn aig sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com.

Do you want to receive the newsletter?

Do we already have your e-mail address?

Write to us at sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com.

LANGUAGE VILLAGE NEWS: GOOD TIMES AND GOOD CRAIC AT THE VIRGINIA SCOTTISH GAMES

The first Language Village since the onset of the pandemic took place at the Virginia Scottish Games and Festival (VSGF) and it was a great weekend. We thank VSGF for co-sponsoring the Language Village with us and look forward to next year. (Many thanks to Tim Thompson, advanced student and Board of Trustees member, for the photos.)

The Language Village crew invites you to take a peek.

IMG_2035VSG 2021 - Sean - Gaelic Song ClassIt was an honor to have fiddler and singer Seán Heely lead one of our Gaelic Song sessions.

 

 

 

Scott Morrison - Poetry sessionimg_2151Scott Morrison, our Head of School,
leads the Gaelic language class (left)
and the Gaelic poetry session (right).

 

 

 

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Robert Bingham, faculty and Board of Trustees, leads a Gaelc song session for families.

 

 

Mata - Children's Songs

 

 

One of our advanced students, Máta Dziennik (with his staff), also leads a Gaelic song session for families.

The crowds were great and appreciative. They even came in the rain to our workshops.Even in the rain

Kids at Shut the BoxSean and MarajiSpontaneous happenings! Seán Heely in the music tent for some impromtu harping as Maraji Gwynallen, village Harper and Board of Trustees member, looks on. (left) To the right, kids gather for a game of Shut the Box in Gaelic.

 
Give a listen to the waulking session!

 

And we say farewell to a beautiful site for another year!

Podcast for Culloden, Colonialism, and Capitalism released

The second episode in Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir‘s Facing Our History – The North American Gael series, Culloden, Colonialism, and Capitalism is now available as a podcast. You can listen to the podcast on our website here.

You can also find us streaming on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsStitcherAmazon MusicTuneIn+Alexa, & Podcast Addict

In this episode, we welcome Dr. Matthew Dziennik, Associate Professor at the U. S. Naval Academy. Dr. Dziennik argues that only by understanding the overlap between colonialism and capitalism, and the importance of economic stratification, can the historical changes seen in Gaelic Scotland be properly understood.  At its heart, this presentation suggests that historical change in Gaelic Scotland cannot be distilled down to simple explanations of cultural suppression. It was, instead, the imposition of market capitalism, with complex interactions between political, social, and economic change, that did the most to transform the Scottish Gàidhealtachd. Colonialism and capitalism were mutually supportive aspects of British policy in Scotland and the wider empire.

Give a listen to this episode and join us for future episodes. Each program will be in the medium of English to reach the widest audience, but will have some Gaelic woven into the program – a taste of Gaelic if you will.

There is an assumption at the foundation of this project: That if we better understand our own Scottish Gaelic history and our own experience of oppression and colonization, the responses of our ancestors to those conditions in their own words, and how that historical experience and the narratives that grew from it have shaped today, we can not only better revitalize our own language and culture but be better allies with those who suffered from the same process.

Tha sinn an dòchas gun tig sibh còmhla rinn air an turas seo.
We hope you will join on this journey.