Gaelic was the language of the Camerons and other Highland tribes. There are currently only about 70,000 native speakers in Scotland, mostly in the Islands and the Highlands.
It is a particularly difficult language to learn and speak since it has only 18 letters ( there is no j, k, q, v , w, x, y, or z ) , and pronunciation of words is often completely different than they appear in English.
Also, combinations of letters produce different sounds which often have no English equivalent. Here are a few examples, and hopefully useful phrases, with the phonetic pronunciation:
|Aonaibh Ri Cheile||The Cameron Motto||Uhniv ree Hail a|
|Slainte||To your health||Slahn-tchuh|
|Slainte mhath||To your good health||Slahn-tchuh va|
|Ciamar a tha thu||How are you ?||kimmer uh ha oo|
|Tha gu math, tapadh leat||Fine, thank you||Ha goo mah
|Madainn mhath||Good morning||Mateen va|
|Feasgar math||Good afternoon||Fesskurr mah|
Notice that "good" changes in spelling and pronunciation for morning and afternoon. As in French, most pronouns change according to the gender of the noun - morning is feminine, afternoon masculine.