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St. Andrew’s Day 2021

Happy St. Andrew’s Day!
Slàinte Mhath!

Unfortunately I have to work tonight, so I can’t properly celebrate, but I made myself a haggis shepherd’s pie to enjoy at work. That way, I’ll at least have a dinner appropriate for this festive occasion.

Gaelic as a first language?


Anonymous asked:
“When Scotland’s independent, do you think they’ll go back to speaking Gaelic as a first language and learning English as a second language like every other country in Europe and around the world?”

As a lover of languages, I don’t see it ever being a complete reversal back to Gaelic. I would, however, like to see it becoming more prominent in schools. It should be an option at least. I wish I had had the option, if any of you want to teach me Gaelic then give me a shout!

How much I’d love to see more efforts to prevent Gàidhlig from becoming extinct, I don’t see a complete comeback happening either. Never say never though: Hebrew was completely extinct as an everyday spoken language, and yet it is now spoken again by 9 million people!

But wouldn’t it make more sense to teach Scots as the first language? Like in Swiss German, there are different versions of Scots: Insular, Northern, Central, and Southern, with sub dialects within each. In Switzerland however they managed to create a Swiss Standard German, which is used in official publications, newspapers, news broadcasts, loudspeaker announcements in public places …

Maybe it’s time for Standard Scots, to be used in Scotland in the same way as Swiss Standard German is used in the ‘German’ speaking part of Switzerland?

Scottish Gaelic?


out of curiosity….

How many people know Scottish Gaelic?

If you do lets be friends (or message me)

I wish I could speak Scottish Gaelic! But not a lot of practice opportunities in Brussels, I’m afraid, and not often enough in Scotland (yet)… 

Bliadhna mhath ùr / A Guid New Year !

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne ?

   For auld lang syne, my jo,
   for auld lang syne,
   we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
   for auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp !
and surely I’ll be mine !
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.


We twa hae run about the braes,
and pu’d the gowans fine ;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
sin auld lang syne.


We twa hae paidl’d i’ the burn,
frae morning sun till dine ;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
sin auld lang syne.


And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere !
and gie’s a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught,
for auld lang syne.



Making friends

Last night I spent at the Old Stag Inn, in the excellent company of a food blogger I met online, and her friends. Learnt a thing or two about Gaelic pronunciation, emptied a keg, and got myself an invitation to a pub crawl later this week. So I’ve even started to make some friends in Glasgow already!