How To Say Good morning.. (With Phonetics) | Learn Scottish Gaelic

Perhaps you are thinking of visiting Scotland, you live in Scotland or you are a big Outlander fan and you are interested in learning some Scottish Gaelic words, phrases, sayings and pronunciation. Scottish Gaelic is a language that I am very passionate about and I was to make it as accessible as possible for beginners!

Both Peter and I have been struck down by some blimmin’ awful cold. We speak in coughs now, with one triggering the other, almost like yawns. Handy, as we always know where the other is by using this new form of communication.


Jokes aside, I had a fabulous 13 hour (yep, humble brag) sleep. The kind of sleep you only have when you’re ill but it was hugely welcome, and although my nose and throat still give the impression otherwise, I am actually feeling quite sprightly!

So, a little backstory. I grew up in The Western Isles, learning and speaking Scottish Gaelic. It’s a language I love and it never fails to surprise me how few people speak this beautiful language, but also how many say they wish they could.

In saying that, I don’t think it’s a hugely accessible language for beginners. I have searched and searched Google and it’s very..bitty, if you know what I mean. If you don’t live in Scotland, don’t hear it or see it often and to be honest, even if you do, I think it’s a daunting language to attempt.

Sentence structure could be compared to the likes of German but unlike German, the words don’t often read as you see them. And unfortunately for learners, there are a lot of silent letters in the Gaelic language.

I also find Gaelic speakers very precious (as they should be, to an extent) of Scottish Gaelic. We can be very quick to critique someone for saying something wrong or a bit ‘basic’ but not as quick to praise the fact that you are trying and willing to learn a language that let’s be honest, you don’t have to!

We can’t (but do) complain that there isn’t enough publicity or support towards Gaelic when we don’t help ourselves, but on the other hand make people feel inadequate at the first hurdle. It is a lot harder to learn a language as an adult.

Well I appreciate those of you who are willing to spare a little free time to learning this language, whether it be  a phrase, a word, a sentence or the full shebang.

And we’re living in the age of social media where there is far greater reach than ever before, so lets embrace it and help each other!

So, I have started a new playlist on Youtube to help those with no experience Learn Scottish Gaelic

In this video we learn how to say

Good morning – Madainn mhath

Good afternoon – Feasgar math

Good evening – Oidhche mhath


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8 Responses

  1. I don’t have a website. Just a Facebook page. Nancy E Stowe Morgan. I would like to learn a little Gaelic because I just found out that I am 58% Celtic from Ireland and from Scotland. I was recently there and felt so much at home in your weather, environment, and surroundings. So much so that I wanted to know. So I had my DNA done and those were my results. And 39% English. And 3% German. Thank you for this site and your language.

    1. Hi Nancy, thank you so much for taking the time to comment!

      I hope you loved your time in Scotland, the weather can certainly be hit or miss but the surroundings are incredibly beautiful no matter the season!

      If you are looking for some further easy beginners Scottish Gaelic make sure to take a look at the ‘Duolingo’ website where you can learn some basic words and sentences, these also come with phonetics and spellings!

  2. I have had a longing, a must to go and travel Scotland since I was a little girl. My Dad’s lineage is Scottish. I take greater pride in my name being Scottish. I will travel there and fill my soul with the land

  3. As I have gotten older I have become fascinated with my ancestral roots and traditions. I would love to learn to speak Gaelic so thank you for your videos.

    1. Hi Jerry,

      Thank you so much! It’s a wonderful language but I know it’s not considered an easy one to learn. I am thrilled if anyone picks up even the smallest phrase to share and of course, to feel a little more connected to their roots!

      Lauren

  4. My family on my moms side are Scottish…Clan MacKenzie. A few years ago we visited Scotland, mainly Edinburgh, Inverness, the Isle Of Skye, and MacKenzie places. I keep hoping Rosetta Stone language software comes up with Scottish Gaelic since they have Irish. I would love to learn Scottish, but I need phonetics as just listening makes no sense with the silent letters. Cheers from North Carolina, USA!

    1. Hi Shannon,

      I’m a Mackenzie too! 🙂 Although no capital K for me!

      I hope you enjoyed your trip over here. I think you picked some of the most beautiful parts to visit although there are plenty more, so do make sure to come back and visit again.

      Have you tried the Duolingo app? They do have Scottish Gaelic which I know many people are using to learn!

      Lauren

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