Gaelic 2012 is a new informal initiative to try and get together a group of people who have made a resolution to learn Gaelic in 2012. We did a bit of viral marketing last week, and as of now, 48 people have registered interest in doing so. The plan is to get them to sign up as new members of Fòram na Gàidhlig, and to encourage them to use this new sub-forum (kindly created by GunChleoc) to share their initial experiences of learning Gaelic, and get help and advice from existing members.
To kick things off, I thought it might be a good idea to ask existing members to post their "top tip" for new Gaelic learners. So, based on your own experiences of Gaelic learning, what would you recommend to someone who is starting to learn Gaelic in January 2012? What books would you buy? What websites would you look at? What classes would you do? What groups would you join?
(Also: any help you could give us with the viral marketing over the next two weeks would be much appreciated. The relevant URL to be distributed is: http://www.gaelic2012.org
Update 3 Jan 2012 -
Gearr-aithris (summary) of some of the most useful suggestions below as to free, online resources for learning Gaelic:
- Roddy McLean's Litir Bheag podcasts (complete with Gaelic transcription and English tr*nsl*t**n) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/alba/foghlam/learn ... litirbheag
- Akerbeltz's Gaelic learners' resource website, particularly good for grammar and pronunciation - http://www.akerbeltz.org
- The new learngaelic.net website, especially the dictionary and the Speaking Our Language episodes - http://learngaelic.net
- The TAIC website, with a set of free online Gaelic lessons for beginners - http://taic.me.uk/taic.htm
- Radio nan Gàidheal internet radio station - http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/gd/radio/b ... listenlive
- BBC Scotland's Gaelic learners website - http://www.bbc.co.uk/alba/foghlam/learngaelic
- The OU's Gaelic in Modern Scotland free course - http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/mod/ouconte ... 9&direct=1