BBC news: Course tackles Gaelic place names

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Fred Riley

May 6, 2008, 12:37:57 PM5/6/08
Hi a h-uile duine

The BBC news item at
might be of interest to folk here, particularly those that live in the
Edinburgh region. The text of the report is below. I had a look on the
Walk Highlands site ( it refers to,
but there's nothing on there as yet about this course, although in the
walk descriptions it does provide audio clips of Gaelic names which is
pretty useful for pronunciation practice.




BBC News, 5/5/08:

Course tackles Gaelic place names

A four-week course is offering people advice on how to pronounce
Gaelic place names and an explanation of how they reflect the
landscape and its wildlife.

Hillwalker and Gaelic teacher Neil McGregor will take the classes at
Edinburgh's Telford College.

In February, a new internet service claimed it would bring to an end
arguments and confusion about how to pronounce Highland place names.

Website Walk Highlands said it can provide the correct pronunciations.

It covers more than 400 places including Munros, glens and lochs.

As well as giving a pronunciation, audio clips give an explanation of
what the Gaelic and also Norse-influenced names mean.

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