The American Scottish Gaelic Society

‘Bannan’ available in North America via MHz Choice

| | Gaelic News, Gaelic Resources

For North Americans, access to the BBC’s Gaelic-language television programming is extremely limited, thanks to British licensing laws. That’s why Scottish Gaelic learners in Canada and the United States will be delighted to learn that Bannan, a BBC Alba drama in Scottish Gaelic set on the Isle of Skye, is now available to viewers in North America through the streaming service MHz Choice.

Bannan, first broadcast ...

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Edinburgh researchers to bring ‘Alexa NicGugaill’ to life

| | Gaelic Education, Gaelic News, Gaelic Resources

University researchers in Scotland are trying to develop a Gaelic-speaking voice assistant like the Alexa, Siri, and Google voice assistants used by millions of people to check the weather, play music, or shop online. According to a news report in The Scotsman, linguists and artificial intelligence (AI) developers at the University of Edinburgh want to use AI to convert spoken Gaelic to text.

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Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song & Language Week Instructor Change

| | Events

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Alec “Bhaltos” MacDonald will not be joining us for the Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song & Language Week this year. Joining us instead will be Alasdair Mearns of Sutherland, Scotland. We welcome him and wish him well as we come up to the last few weeks before the event.

Please read more about Alasdair Mearns here.

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ACGA releases schedule for Gaelic Song & Language Week

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The full schedule for the ACGA Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song & Language Week, which will be held online July 5 through 8, is now available on the event’s page on this website.

Scottish Gaelic instructors Christine Primrose of Lewis and Alec “Bhaltos” MacDonald of Skye will teach Scottish Gaelic song and language at three levels and in three blocks of classes Monday through Thursday. There will ...Read More

ACGA Upgrades YouTube Channel

| | Organization

The YouTube channel associated with An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach, the American Scottish Gaelic Society, has received a facelift, with new videos and playlists.

Among the videos available on the ACGAmerica YouTube channel is our most recent Annual General Meeting, held in February, and the first episode of ACGA Agallamh, a program that will include interviews and conversations with people active in the North American Gaelic world.

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ACGA Website Relaunched

| | Gaelic Resources, Learn Gaelic, Organization

Fàilte, a h-uile duine, dhan làrach-lìn ùr ACGA, làrach-lìn a tha làn de ghoireasan, airteagalan, agus tuilleadh. Welcome, everyone, to the new ACGA website, a website filled with resources, articles, and more.

This website is the culmination of nine months of work by the ACGA web committee and Redtail Design, Athens, Ohio. It replaces an older WordPress-based blog, but retains all the important functionality of that ...

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New ACGA video series launched with ‘Gaelic in Your Gob’

| | ACGA Agallamh, Gaelic Resources

The lives and works of people in North America involved with Scottish Gaelic is the focus of a new video series, ACGA Agallamh, created by the An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaga (ACGA), the American Gaelic Society. The premiere program features an interview with Dr. Michael Newton, who last month released his latest book, “Gaelic in Your Gob: Four Dozen English Words that came from the Scottish ...

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ACGA’s Virtual AGM to welcome special Scottish guests

| | Meetings

The ACGA Annual General Meeting will be held online next weekend, and two special guests will be joining us.

Iseabail Mactaggart, Director of multiplatform content at MG ALBA, will introduce SpeakGaelic, an adult learning campaign, website, and course that will be launched this September.

The multi-media campaign will offer something to everyone from complete beginners to Scottish Gaelic speakers at different levels of fluency to help them ...

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Reading the Eggs on Oidhche Shamhna

| | Learn Gaelic, Samhain

Oidhche Shamhna — the Eve of the feast of Samhain in Gaelic tradition and Halloween in English — is upon us again, though in the midst of a pandemic we might not see soo many samhnairean or “guisers,” known in North America as “trick-or-treaters.”

There’s plenty of debate about the origins of trick-or-treating customs, with some arguing the tradition was invented in the US fairly recently ...

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Registration for 2020 Online US National Mòd Opens

| | National Mòd

Registration for the first online US National Mòd, which will be held via Zoom Nov. 6-8, is now open on this website.

The Mòd this year will feature six competitions:

  • A beginning song competition for first-time competitors/singers (one song, own choice);
  • A general competition for more experienced singers (have competed before);
  • A storytelling competition (traditional Gaelic story, up to five minutes);
  • A poetry recitation competition (from Maraiche nan Cuantan by ...
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