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Gaelic Language

Gaelic Language Plan

Fife Council’s first Gaelic Language Plan, sets out our proposed outcomes and actions during 2015-2018.  Fife Council is committed to giving equal respect to the Gaelic language and providing an active offer of the Gaelic services.   The Plan has been prepared under Section 3 of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 and was approved by Bòrd na Gàidhlig on 17September 2015. 

Gaelic Language Plan 2015-2018

Comhairle Fhiobha Plana Gàidhlig 2015-2018

Gaelic Background

The Gaelic language (ancient celtic) dates back hundreds of years.  Gaelic is still spoken in parts of Scotland today.

In the history books describe Scotland as a 'three voiced country'.  This refers to the languages of Scots, Gaelic and English.

Fife Region is still referred to as a Kingdom.  The Kingdom of Fife still retains boundaries from the Pictish tribal era.  Long before the national states of Scotland, England or even Britain came into existence.

What is happening in Fife

Gaelic Classes

St Andrews University offers classes 

Contact :       Alex Allen, Director, Extension Language Programmes
Email:           afa@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone:         01334 46 7467

Fife Council Community Classes  

Dunfermline High School Community Use will be delivering Ùlpan Level 1 (units 1 - 24) courses on Monday Evenings and Wednesday afternoons, from week commencing 9th May 2016.  For more information

Telephone -  01383 602348

Glenrothes Lomond Centre is offering classes on Tuesdays from 26th April 2016.  For further information please contact 

Contact:       Glenrothes Area – Kirsty Strachan, Community Education Worker
Email:             kirsty.strachan@fife.gov.uk
Phone:           01592 583474

Place names in Fife 

Although Gaelic is no longer spoken as a native tongue.

In some areas, such as, Galloway, Fife and Aberdeenshire - the landscape is still one named by Gaelic speakers.

English

Scottish Gaelic

Meaning or Notes

Aberdour

Obar Dobhair

Mouth of Water

Cowdenbeath

Coilltean Beithe

Birch Woods

Dunfermline

Dùn Phàrlain

Hill-land

Freuchie

Fraochach

Heathery

Inverkeithing

Inbhir Chèitein

Mouth of the Keithing Burn

Markinch

Marc Innis

Horse Meadow

Rosyth

Ros Fhìobh

Headland of Fife 

St Andrews

Cill Rìmhinn

The town was first called Muckross (boar-wood), then Kilrymont (church on the royal mount), then Kilrule (church of St Regulus) and finally St Andrews after the church of St Andrews

 

A Flavour of Gaelic – A few phrases in Scottish Gaelic

Scottish Gaelic Phrase

Rough English Translation

Fàilte

Welcome

Halò

Hello

Latha math

Good Day

Ciamar a tha thu?

How are you?

Ciamar a tha sibh a tá

How are you? (Plural, singular formal

Madainn mhath

Good Morning

Feasgar math

Good afternoon

Oidhche mhath

Good night

Ma's e do thoil e

If you please

Ma's e (bh) ur toil e

If you please (plural, singular formal)

Tapadh leat

Thank you

Tapadh leibh

Thank you (plural, singular formal)

Dè an t-ainm a tha' ort?

What is your name?

Dè an t-ainm a tha oirbh?

What is your name?(plural, singular formal)

Mar sin leat

Goodbye

Mar sin leibh

Goodbye (plural, singular formal)

Dè a tha seo?

What is this?

Sláinte

"health" (used as a toast [cf. English cheers"] when drinking)

Càit a bheil a' phoit-ti?

Where is the teapot?

Cuin a tha an ath bhus?

When is the next bus?

Càite bheil an tràigh?

Where is the beach?

Hallò. Is mise Anna.

Hello. I'm Anna.

 

Gaelic in Fife


As current statistics show that Gaelic is no longer a language spoken in Fife on a daily basis, (see table below from 2011 census)

Gaelic Language Skills

All people aged 3 and over

Understands but does not speak, read or write Gaelic

Speaks, reads and writes Gaelic

Speaks but does not read or write Gaelic

Speaks and reads but does not write Gaelic

Reads but does not speak or write Gaelic

Other combination of skills in Gaelic

Scotland

5,118,223

23,357

32,191

18,966

6,218

4,646

1,678

 

Fife

352,558

881

662

472

138

232

77

 


Scottish Gaelic has a rich oral and written tradition and following the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005, Fife in conjunction with Bòrd na Gàidhligdeveloped their Gaelic Language Plan to ensure Gaelic receives the same respect as English within the community.

Gaelic Language Plan 2015-2018 (put in link once established in Fife Direct).

Useful Links

 

·         Bòrd na Gàidhlig - National Gaelic Language Board

·         Comunn na Gàidhlig - Gaelic development agency

·         Gaelic4Parents- the website for parents and children interested and involved in Gaelic education

·         ibiblio.org-a web site devoted to the language and culture of the Gaels,

·         Learn Gaelic - Online resource for Gaelic learners

·         Savegaelic.org- a starting point for English speaking people who want to learn about the Scottish Gaelic language

·         Scottish Qualifications Authority - Qualifications authority, providing Gaelic qualifications for learners and fluent speakers

·         Ulpan- A method of learning for Scottish Gaelic


Related

Publications

Equalities Unit
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 12 42 Contact Equalities Unit online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT
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