Audiobooks, graded level and short stories for Gaelic learners?

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Audiobooks, graded level and short stories for Gaelic learners?

Unread post by Polygot2017 » Wed May 22, 2019 9:22 am

As many of you will know, reading is a great way to improve your understanding of a language, learn more vocabulary, consolidate grammar structures, etc. However as a learner, a lot of books and other content can be too advanced, thus putting the learner off.

With that in mind, I was wondering whether there are any short (or even longer) stories published in Scottish Gaelic, designed specifically for learners and graded by level, e.g. beginner, intermediate, advanced, etc. It would be even better if they include vocabulary lists and summaries at the end of each chapter too.

Also, are any of these books available in audio format too, so that the learner can read the book then listen to the spoken audio, thus helping to improve both their reading and listening comprehension skills?

I know such things exist for more mainstream languages such as Spanish, French, German, Italian etc, so was wondering if there's anything like this for Gaelic? If anyone can point me to reputable publishers of Gaelic books/audiobooks, or any links in general, that'd be great.

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Unread post by vb99 » Wed May 22, 2019 2:33 pm

The Island Voices website has video and transcripts with English and Gaelic versions. Here is the link for Series 1:
https://guthan.wordpress.com/series-one/

Choose one of the topics, such as “Clistore Unit 701”
http://multidict.net/wordlink/?navsize= ... php?id=701

From this page, choose the “Clistore” button. On my screen it is in blue in the top left corner.
You should see the main Clistore page:
http://multidict.net/clilstore/

On this page, choose “student page” from the first drop down list, and “Gàidhlig (gd)” from the second drop down list.
You should see a list of graded (A2-C2) options for Scottish Gaelic. (The link path doesn’t change on my screen).

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Unread post by vb99 » Wed May 22, 2019 3:00 pm

On Learngaelic.scot:

An Litir Bheag with Gaelic audio, and full Gaelic and English transcripts. Each letter includes a downloadable pdf and a link to the more advanced Litir do Luchd-Ionnsachaidh version.
https://learngaelic.scot/litirbheag/index.jsp

Litir do Luchd-Ionnsachaidh pages (more advanced) have Gaelic audio and transcript, with English for certain words and phrases. Also includes a link back to the easier Litir Bheag.
https://learngaelic.scot/litir/index.jsp

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Unread post by GunChleoc » Wed May 22, 2019 6:19 pm

The Lasag series is good for intermediate learners - they have an English summary at the top of each chapter and a small glossary

https://gaelicbooks.org/index.php?route ... &tag=Lasag
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Unread post by Polygot2017 » Thu May 23, 2019 10:45 am

Ah great, it looks like there's some fantastic resources for me to check out there. Thanks!

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Unread post by GunChleoc » Thu May 23, 2019 12:20 pm

I can also recommend this one for lower intermediate: https://gaelicbooks.org/index.php?route ... =dorchadas

Short stories and poems written by schoolchildren. They are interesting to read but don't require too much vocabulary.
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Unread post by Polygot2017 » Sun May 26, 2019 11:29 am

GunChleoc wrote: I can also recommend this one for lower intermediate: https://gaelicbooks.org/index.php?route ... =dorchadas

Short stories and poems written by schoolchildren. They are interesting to read but don't require too much vocabulary.
Mòran taing! Btw, I was wondering, were these books actually written in Gàidhlig originally and by native/fluent speakers, or were they translated from English? And are they definitely accurate, proof read etc?

The reason I ask is because I've seen a few Gàidhlig short story books on Amazon with bad reviews - basically people saying that the stories seemed as if they were badly translated into Gàidhlig. Once such example is this:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/100-Sgeulachda ... B01HSFAHMA

However I think that Gaelic Books site looks like a reputable publisher of quality and accurate content in Gàidhlig, so I'm sure their books will be fine. I'm just wondering how I can distinguish between what's accurate and what's not? If you read that Amazon review, you'll understand what I mean.

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Unread post by GunChleoc » Sun May 26, 2019 12:38 pm

Those have been written in Gaelic originally and have been edited in a real publishing process. Don't worry, you will not get any Google tr*nsl*t* crapola from that shop, although some books might not stick 100% to GOC.

The book you linked already has a big whopping grammar error in its title, never mind the description. So, I don't even need to look at the contents of the book to know that it's a Google tr*nsl*t*, but beginners cannot know this :roll:
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