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Friday, March 21, 2014

#AtoZChallenge #Theme Share

Obviously I write historical. Highlanders, Vikings -- I love that period of time, especially around Scotland. Scotland, although the weather isn't always favorable - is stunningly beautiful.

In so much research and all the time I've put into the history of Scotland, along with it's Highlanders and the older Vikings...I've discovered that Gaelic is an absolutely beautiful language, yet it's all but lost in Scotland (last reference said only 4% Scotland can still speak it).

With that I've decided to do Gaelic phrases or words for my A-Z challenge. I'm going to try to include pronunciation when I can as well. I'd love to share the beauty of the language with everyone.

18 comments:

  1. I love the idea for your theme. I've always wanted to go to Scotland, and have always been intrigued by the Gaelic language. I live in Sweden, so maybe we can get together and chat about Vikings. ;)

    Looking forward to reading your posts in the A to Z challenge!

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    1. Scotland, just in pictures, is absolutely beautiful. It's like nothing here in the US, but I imagine that would go without saying. I'm working on a 5 year plan to get a Visa and try to move there.

      I would love to chat Vikings, there a favorite of mine as well :)

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  2. I love your theme and look forward to learning more about gaelic. My husband's step-dad is from Scotland but he doesn't speak it. I think it's such a fascinating language!
    The Five Dog Blog...following from A to Z!

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    1. Unfortunately, not many "have the Gaelic" (as they used to say) anymore. It's very sad. Honestly. It's so beautiful.

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  3. I am very much looking forward to your A to Z posts. Just did the Ancestry DNA and waiting for the 23 and Me results. I knew we were Irish and Scottish but the DNA proves what we've always known. However, long before DNA, as a child, I was interested in Gaelic so this is going to be a treat.

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    1. I've traced my ancestry back to 1200s Scotland. It took a very long time, but it was so interesting. It's definitely well worth your time :)

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  4. I love this idea! I'm doing the A to Z challenge too but I'm doing something quite different from this - the A to Z of Lingerie! Anyway, I don't know a soul who speak gaelic but that's because I'm from Ayrshire and our dialect is another language in itself. They do teach small groups of children at local schools though and I've often seen road signs in both languages once you get north of Glasgow. I used to also watch a gaelic soap opera but it had English subtitles. I picked up a few words though ;) I'll pop back occasionally during the A to Z challenge and maybe learn some more gaelic!

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    1. I had started to learn Gaelic from a contact of a great-great grandson of one of my older relatives. Unfortunately, he moved back to Scotland and somehow we lost contact :(

      I love the idea of lingerie, that's definitely a much more exciting idea :)

      I really need to hear it to finish learning it and the translations take me forever (wrote my own Scottish Blood wedding vow in my book that's with publishers currently)

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  5. Coming from a mostly Gaelic background, I'm adding you to my blog list for the A-Z. Interesting choice!

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    1. Thanks so much Donna. I really wasn't certain how my theme would go over. I'm thrilled that it's working for some readers and writers. :-)

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  6. This sounds great! Languages - even if no longer in use - always provides an interesting insight to a culture. I'm looking forward to your posts. Scotland has long been on my list of places I want to see.

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    1. I'm really hoping my 5 year plan works to move there. I would love to do some hands on research in some of the historical castles and I'm sure their records are way better than anything I can find in the US.

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  7. Sweet! I want to learn some Gaelic and speak it to my friend, who was raised in a Gaelic-speaking household! It'll be fun! Great theme! (Exclamation! Haha...)

    Alex Hurst, fantasy author in Kyoto, participating in Blogging A-Z April Challenge

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    1. Oh, I'm jealous of your friend. I would love to know the language a lot better.

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  8. I'm a complete geek about languages. Gaelic was the language I was determined to learn at fifteen. School curriculum didn't adhere to such ambitions (not surprisingly), so I went with Latin instead. I find myself focusing primarily on Asian languages now(Tibetan and Japanese), but Gaelic is still on my list! :)

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    1. I imagine, in part, it's because most of Scotland no longer even speaks it. Such a beautiful language lost.

      I would love to learn Japanese. I started too and then got side tracked. I do speak well more languages than I will ever use. (Language geek here too)

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  9. Dropping by from A to Z! Those Gaelic words look mighty hard to pronounce.

    anna @ Deeply Shallow
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  10. Very cool theme! I can't imagine how difficult it must be to translate them correctly. I look forward to see what you've selected for the month.

    N J Magas, speculative fiction author, participating in Blogging A-Z April Challenge.

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