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By Judy Howard-Bath from Australia on 2-5-2017
Hi Adhamh, Hope you are well and happy :) I hope you don't mind this request but we have just bought a horse property in the country outside of Melbourne and with it comes the name 'SunnyGlen" which it has had for over 100 years. Because we feel we really can't change it (the locals know it as such) I thought that perhaps I could use the Gaelic spelling of 'SunnyGlen" as a partner name or even the name of my business (Equine Therapy) .. Would it be possible to provide me with what SunnyGlen is in Gaelic? It would be very much appreciated. I sincerely would like to get this right because goodness knows what I could come up with if left to my own devices 😜 Warm regards Judy Howard-Bath (nee Byrne)
Response:
Thanks for getting in touch. Nice to hear from a fellow Byrne. I have Byrne cousins over that side of Australia.

The translation you're looking for is Gleann Grianach.

All the very best,

Àdhamh
By Connie Cox from Berryville, Arkansas USA on 16-3-2017
Hello,I'm trying to learn this beautiful language and was wondering if there was something I could download to help me learn correctly.I would like to learn from the best. Do you have a website I could use(tought by you). Thank you for your help.
Response:
Hi Connie,

This is Cat replying. Àdhamh doesn't offer any lessons (yet), but he always recommends Speaking Our Language on LearnGaelic.scot. There are many beginners courses there, that could help you along :) I've started with those myself and thought they were fun to do! Good luck!

Cat.
By Karin Lloyd from Shamong, NJ on 11-1-2017
Dearest Adhamh,
My maiden name is Hamilton. My brother visited Scotland in the 70s, and I have been fascinated in Scotland ever since I was a child. I wasn't able to actually visit Scotland until 2015. Although I had already read all the Outlander books and loved them, my draw to Scotland had a much deeper root.

When I visited, most Scots figured that since I was an American I must be here because of Outlander.

I assure you as much as I loved the Outlander books, I have been drawn to Scotland since I was a little girl. I don't know if you believe in past lives but I was regressed to 18th century Scotland.

My grandmother was off the boat German so I am only second generation American.

I have waited all my life to get a tatoo that was meaningful. I have finally decided that I want to have the word "breathe" in gaelic on my wrist with a semi colon after it.

If you are not aware the semi colon is a global awareness movement of mental health.

Anyway, I trust you to tell me that anail means breathe.

I'm putting that on my wrist with a semi colon after it. Please let me know this is an accurate translation of breathe.

Thank you so much God speed
Response:
Hiya Karin,

"anail" means "breath" rather than "breathe". What you want is:

gabh anail: -Gaelic
/gav ANNal/ -photetics
(take breath) -English

it's just how we say it. Please send me a picture via PM to Àdhamh Ó Broin: Scottish Gaelic Consultancy once it's done so I can add it to my tattoo photo folder of those I've assisted with this kind of thing.

I too, suffered greatly from mental health problems in my early 20s. I'm with you.

Slàn:

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Àdhamh
By Alison laird from Kingsbarns fife on 18-12-2016
Hello Adamh
My name is Alison
I was wondering if there's a chance I could get a few lessons when your not to busy.
Thank you
Response:
Hi Alison,

I've dropped you an email. Probably won't manage myself, but could recommend someone decent!

Cheers,

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Àdhamh
By Andrea Szabo from Canberra, Australia on 21-10-2016
Hi Adhamh,
Hope you and your family are well and thriving! I am an avid fan of Outlander and loving the gaelic!
I was wondering if perhaps you could help me? I play the alto recorder in an orchestra and a recorder piece called "The 17th's Farewell to Alva" from Brian Bonsor has the following notation : "Oo're no away tae bide away'"
Many blessings, Andrea
Response:
Are you wondering what it means Andrea?

It should be "you're no away tae bide away", should it not?

"you're not away to stay away / remain gone"
By Melanie Mathis from Virginia Beach on 10-10-2016
Adhamh,

I wanted to say how much I enjoyed your time you spent with our gathering on last Sunday. It was a pleasure getting to meet.

I hope you had safe travels back to Glasgow.

Melanie
By Ian Warmerdam from Edinburgh on 6-10-2016
Hi Adhamh. My name is Ian Warmerdam. I was born and bought up in Mid Argyll (on my father's farm - Rhudle, between Kilmichael and Kimartin). I am fascinated by languages (I speak my fathers language of Dutch, but also German and some Italian).
I am also learning Gaelic, though still in early stages (post beginner). I am enthralled by the language and culture, a fascination born of seeing the echoes of it everywhere when growing up, and remembering old folk who could still understand it. I think it is a tragedy how Dalriada Gaelic has slipped away so I am fascinated by your efforts to keep it alive. I would love to aid your efforts anyway I can, and one day would love to be able to speak fluent Gaelic in the local dialect too.....Please get in contact with me at ian.warmerdam@me.com
Response:
Hoi Ian,

Hier is Catrìona :) Àdhamh leest alle berichten in het gastenboek, maar heeft helaas geen tijd om op elk bericht te reageren. Daarom doe ik dat even ;)

Je kunt ook gerust Nederlands met hem spreken, dat spreekt hij ook uitstekend :) Ik zal hem wijzen op je boodschap :)

Succes verder met leren!
Fijne avond!
Cat
By Pam from Melbourne Florida USA on 25-9-2016
I really want to learn Scots Gaelic How can I go about it? Any suggestions? Are there any sites that are free?
Response:
Hi Pam,
Thanks for leaving a message for Àdhamh. He reads all the messages but doesn't have time to reply to them all, that's why I am now writing to you.

You can start learning by going to www.learngaelic.scot. They have great online resources with which you can start to learn the langauge whenever you have time and feel like it :) It's free and they have many (beginners) courses :)

Have fun learning and good luck!

Catrìona
By Haydyn Williams from Alba on 18-9-2016
Madainn maith Adhamh a charaid. Do you know of anyone who speaks "beaurla Rhegaird"?? I am interested in learning more about the dialect....Moran taing agus beannacht.

Haydyn
Response:
I know of a fella who has a smattering. His mother has a little more. There are YouTube videos of them if you do a search....
By Anne Johnstone from Redford, Michigan on 17-9-2016
You probably get this all the time, but my sister needs the Gaelic translation for "The four of us". I know you're a busy man, but you're who popped into my head.
Response:
"an ceathrar againn"
By maire mcnally from Beal Feirste on 6-9-2016
Standing proud the Celtic Race
Never feared the foe to face
Scot and Irish we are one we're
Celts we're Celts we will fight on
1
William Wallace sword in hand
fought to free his home and land
Hugh O Neill and Eoghan Roe
On Ulster's hills they fought the foe
England the ancient enemy
Took with force our liberty
tried to destroy our freedom's cause
With Cruel and oppressive foreign laws
Chorus
2
In the highlands every clan
fought the Sassanach to man
Crofters whipped out from their homes
In foreign lands were forced to roam
England saw the great starvation
A way to destroy the Irish nation
Hunger famine and disease
brought the Irish people to their knees
3
Our histories are twisted like the rope
That hung around many a rebel throat
Resistance and rising through the years
We've lost good men, shed floods of tears
Its time for England a truth to face
They will never defeat the Celtic Race
Scot and Irish we are one
Our people our music our Gealic tongue


For as long as there shall be
One hundred men with hearts that’s free
Our consent we’ll never give
To British dominion while we live
Glory, honour, truth or right
Are not the reasons Celts do fight
For freedom alone that we’re content
And for this we struggle till our lifes endStanding proud the Celtic Race
Never feared the foe to face
Scot and Irish we are one we're
Celts we're Celts we will fight on
1
William Wallace sword in hand
fought to free his home and land
Hugh O Neill and Eoghan Roe
On Ulster's hills they fought the foe
England the ancient enemy
Took with force our liberty
tried to destroy our freedom's cause
With Cruel and oppressive foreign laws
Chorus
2
In the highlands every clan
fought the Sassanach to man
Crofters whipped out from their homes
In foreign lands were forced to roam
England saw the great starvation
A way to destroy the Irish nation
Hunger famine and disease
brought the Irish people to their knees
3
Our histories are twisted like the rope
That hung around many a rebel throat
Resistance and rising through the years
We've lost good men, shed floods of tears
Its time for England a truth to face
They will never defeat the Celtic Race
Scot and Irish we are one
Our people our music our Gealic tongue


For as long as there shall be
One hundred men with hearts that’s free
Our consent we’ll never give
To British dominion while we live
Glory, honour, truth or right
Are not the reasons Celts do fight
For freedom alone that we’re content
And for this we struggle till our lifes end



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou-FHCREhDg


(outlander) "you were warriors on the Battlefield, Outlander has given you's the platform to be Warriors for your language!!! great to meet you Adhamh (don't know how to type a fada on!!)
Response:
It's true enough. We could have far worse platforms! Slàn leat féin! :)
By Alana C MacInnes from Isle of South Uist on 30-8-2016
Hi Adam, I love your work, math theid leat a' bhalaich! Tha mi lorg cuideigin cuideachd a phosas mi, ma tha duine faighneachd dhut thaobh leiseanan tha mi ro dheonach.
Response:
Sin u, a charaid

Chan eil mise tuilidh sa chòir math 's mi an còir sùil a thoirt air seo corr' uair.

Bheil u gu dearbh ag iarraidh daoin' a theagasg an-dràst' 's a-rithist? B' urrainn dhomh beagan obair a chur gad ionnsaidh gun sgàth sam bith.

Cuiridh mi post-d ceann treis.

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Àdhamh
By Alexandra from Greece on 2-7-2016
Latha math dhuibh,i really have no idea what i am going to write...i am just a girl from Greece, almost 17 years old. I love Scotland and i have so many dreams about this country, about my future journeys.One of my biggest dream is to visit all the castles and the historical sites, taste some of the traditional dishes and hear my favourite music, which is the celtic and some folk scottish songs. But my huge dream is to learn the ancient scottish language, because i believe the opportunity to learn Gaelic would be a great benefit to me. This summer i started watching some video and i think that i have learned some useful phrases. But at the end i think that i need your help and your talent about teaching. So i would be very grateful if you considered my application one day and teach me gaelic.Please forgive me for any mistakes i have made.Also i would appreciate a reply at your earliest convenience.I really exited and certainly i would be the happiest person on the world!
Response:
Latha math Alexandra!
This is Catrìona replying :) Àdhamh reads all the messages in the guestbook, but doesn't always have time to reply. Sorry about that.

If I understand you correctly, you're interested in learning Scottish Gaelic. You could start learning by going to www.learngaelic.scot They have a lot of online (free) resources where you can start to learn the language. Unfortunately Àdhamh doesn't offer any lessons and can't take on any students at the moment, but he always recommends learngaelic.scot to start :)

If you're thinking about going to Scotland and you'd like to hire a good tour guide, you can always contact Àdhamh at https://www.facebook.com/Gaeliconsultant/?fref=ts to talk about when/where/how you'd be interested in hiring him :)

Enjoy the learning and good luck!

Catrìona
By Oatcake from Germany on 22-6-2016
Hi Àdhamh,
thanks for the very entertaining Gaelic lesson and the general fun at Buchenau Castle! Hope you enjoyed the week end as much as we did!
See you!
Esther (with the black tricorn)
By Susan Fox from Rancho Cordova CA 95670 on 20-6-2016
You are a Scottish hero in my book, for keeping the Gaelic language alive. I am so glad that I have met you and heard you speak, both last year and this year in California.
Response:
Well thank you Susan :)
By Lisa Skorupa from United States on 20-6-2016
Thank You! I love this and plan to learn so much more. You Rock!
By Kate Reed from Georgia on 20-6-2016
Just wanted to stop in and say Hi!
By Pia Guttenson from Germany on 20-6-2016
Àdhamh, it was a pleasure to meet you in such a wonderful location - Castle Buchenau.
Maybe i learn Gaelic now that i know that it is easy ;-) Ich hoffe dir gefällt der "Tausche Ehegatten gegen Mann im Kilt" --Der Käsespätzlespezialist kommt erst in Band 2 !

Alles Liebe Pia

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