One of the main questions parents ask is how do they maintain some level of Gaelic in the home. Iomairt Ghàidhlig Loch Abair works with various organisations to help parents access language classes and resources for use at home. Clearly the best way to help your child use Gaelic is to learn Gaelic yourself. We recognise this is a big commitment. If you speak Gaelic then speak it in the home.
Pàrant ‘s Pàiste Groups
This is an opportunity for the non-Gaelic speaking parent to learn a little Gaelic at the same time as the child, i.e. the father could learn Gaelic by listening to the mother speaking to the child. You can read with the child and using simple vocabulary in the early years. By reading simple stories, singing Gaelic nursery rhymes and using Gaelic at certain times of day – at breakfast, or bedtime for example – the child will get used to hearing the language at home and the parent who’s learning Gaelic will become more comfortable speaking it.
An Cearcall, Ath Tharracail, Wednesdays 9.30 – 11.30, Acharacle Resource Centre
Casan Beaga, Acharacle, Fridays 10 – 12, St Mary’s Church Hall, Glencoe
Rionnagan Beaga a’ Bhraighe, Friday 10.15 – 11.30, Taigh na Sgoile, Roy Bridge
Opportunities for parents to learn Gaelic in Lochaber
Ùlpan classes where parents receive a 50% discount on this advanced Gaelic learning method
In nearly all bilingual families, children end up mixing up the languages, especially in the early days. This is nothing to worry about and will sort itself out quite naturally.
The child will probably use the language which is stronger in the family. The Gaelic speaking parent will need a lot of support and determination to carry on using Gaelic
You can also do the following to encourage your child’s use of Gaelic: