Author Archives: Bella Caledonia Editor

Learning Gaelic, Learning Scotland: Normalising Language

I’m sitting in an entirely empty train carriage at Glasgow Queen Street Station on my way to Mallaig. Two older ladies board and start speaking to each other in Gaelic, believing they won’t be understood. They are discussing how I am sitting in one of their booked seats and how young people these days have […] Continue reading

Posted in Gaelic, Ghetto na Gàidhlig, Scotland | Comments Off on Learning Gaelic, Learning Scotland: Normalising Language

A Response to the Scottish Mail On Sunday Anti-Gaelic Agenda

This is a response in relation to an article by Toby McDonald, Why don’t our Gaelic speakers speak Gaelic?, which appeared in the Scottish Mail on Sunday on the 27th of May. We publish this in both Gaelic and English for you. As a group of Gaelic speakers involved in the daily battle that is […] Continue reading

Posted in Gaelic, Ghàidhlig, Ghetto na Gàidhlig | Comments Off on A Response to the Scottish Mail On Sunday Anti-Gaelic Agenda

Cosmhalachd an Taighe

This is a translation into Gaelic of a piece by SupGaleano of the Zapatisas, a kind of parable comparing our current economic and political structures to an unstable and poorly-built house. Subcomandante Galeano (or SupGaleano for short) is one of the leading figures and spokespeople in the Zapatisa insurgency and autonomous region. He used to go […] Continue reading

Posted in Ghetto na Gàidhlig | Comments Off on Cosmhalachd an Taighe

The Power of the Colonised Mind

I started to write this article in Gaelic, with a view to bolstering Bella’s already excellent corpus of Gaelic-language articles, but I realised that in doing so, I would be shutting off the very people who need to read it from its key messages. Indeed, I don’t need to preach to the Gaelic-speaking community about […] Continue reading

Posted in Gaelic, gaelic culture, Gàidhealtachd, Gàidhlig, Ghetto na Gàidhlig, Scotland | Comments Off on The Power of the Colonised Mind

Lèirmheas na Ràithe: Turas a’ Bhradain

Nam biodh co-dhiù aon cheudamh de phrògraman iasgach math air an teilidh na th’ ann de dh’iasgairean gearanach air bruaichean aibhne na h-Alba, ‘s mathaid gun tig gàire air an aodann gruamach o àm gu àm. ‘S e an fhìrinn ge-tà gu bheil a’ mhòr-chuid dhiubh uabhasach, air am milleadh le amaideas phreasantair leithid Robson […] Continue reading

Posted in Fish Farms, Fishing, Gàidhlig, Ghetto na Gàidhlig, Scotland | Comments Off on Lèirmheas na Ràithe: Turas a’ Bhradain

Achd na Gàidhlig/Gaeilge

Thairis air na beagan mhìosan a chaidh seachad tha connspaid ann an Èirinn a Tuath air aire an t-sluaigh a tharraing, le buaidh ‘An Dream Dearg’ am measg eile, gu h-àraid don iarrtas airson ‘Acht na Gaeilge’ aig Stormont. ‘S e deagh rud a tha seo, ach tha e a’ togail cheistean cuideachd. Carson nach […] Continue reading

Posted in gaeilge, Gàidhlig, Ghetto na Gàidhlig, Ireland, Northern ireland | Comments Off on Achd na Gàidhlig/Gaeilge

The Gaelic for Hygge

Calum MacLeod on gaelic nonsense from Visit Scotland … Continue reading

Posted in Còsagach, Gaelic, Ghetto na Gàidhlig, Hygge, Scotland | Comments Off on The Gaelic for Hygge

Top Ten Anti-Gaelic Arguments Demolished

Here are the top 10 most common anti-Gaelic language arguments and why they’re daft: 1. Scottish Gaelic is an SNP Nationalist plot! It was the Scottish Secretary in Thatcher’s 1980s Government, George Younger, who began funding Gaelic TV and Radio, with gradual increases supported on a cross party basis from then on. This culminated in […] Continue reading

Posted in Gaelic, Ghetto na Gàidhlig | Comments Off on Top Ten Anti-Gaelic Arguments Demolished

Gaelic Publishing on Bella

We have been writing on gaelic culture and language since 2010 [State of The Art / Staid Na h-Ealain ] and for the past few years in gaelic in our ‘Ghetto na Gàidhlig’ section. You can read all the previous content here. Our intention was to create a space for gaelic speakers to write in […] Continue reading

Posted in Gaelic, Gàidhlig, Ghetto na Gàidhlig | Comments Off on Gaelic Publishing on Bella

Backing Bella

Readers and writers have been responding to Bella’s tenth anniversary and fundraising appeal. Here’s Rona MacDonald … * Donate to support Bella here. Thank you. Continue reading

Posted in #backingbella, Bella10, Gaelic, Gàidhlig, Ghetto na Gàidhlig, GhettoNaGàidhlig | Comments Off on Backing Bella