Scots Radio’s thank you to the CMF

Scots Radio’s thank you to the CMF

A big thank you tae the organisers o the Celtic Media Festival. The welcome an hospitality wis fantastic an sae appreciated. Scots Radio was honoured tae be nominated for an award an included on this international stage wi a the ither Celtic countries in the World. Bit winnin an awards wis jist pairt o this event. Meetin new fowk an hearin aboot the work that’s bein teen on – an hearin foo their language fits intae their lives – an the new programmes an productions – wis for me, anither wye o winnin at this event. An anither big thank you tae freens in Radio Gaidheal for adoptin me…here’s tae the Gaeltacht an Scots – an mair Celtic Bridges. Frieda...

Don’t neglect the UK’s indigenous languages

Would you be surprised if I, Rhona NicDhùghaill (a language teacher from Oban) told you that, far from being a land of monoglots, there are ten indigenous languages spoken today in the British Isles? Yet we are very quick to tell ourselves that we’re rubbish at languages. We are linguistically isolated monoglots, marooned on a cluster of islands on the edge of the Atlantic. If we were in the mix of mainland Europe, we tell ourselves, we’d be blethering away in at least two languages. Except, as you read this, people the length of these islands are using indigenous languages other than English to communicate with friends, family, teachers, colleagues and public services. That they are in the minority doesn’t meant that they don’t exist. In fact, the numbers of primary school-age speakers are growing; almost a quarter of school pupils in Wales are educated through the medium of Welsh, Northern Ireland is home to 30 Irish-medium schools, Scotland’s capital has just opened a new, dedicated Gaelic school due to increasing demand, and the Isle of Man has a Manx-medium school. All of these children are also fluent in English; indeed, in the case of Gaelic-medium pupils, they outperform their English-educated counterparts in English tests. Their bilingualism bucks the monoglot trend of the majority. Please read the full article, as featured in The...