Maggie and I had fun recording our first ‘Gaelic without trying’ podcast today at the Wee Studio.
The idea behind this is to offer a podcast to care centres, so that staff may learn Gaelic without having to commit time to lessons.
The thought is to play this on a loop in the toilet, much like Frankies & Benny’s in England, where they teach Italian in the bathrooms, or Heston Blumenthal’s motivational speeches in bathrooms. It’s something that can be absorbed in little chunks across the day. And of course it is vital in this culture for carers to understand basic Gaelic in order to be able to understand people who revert to Gaelic through dementia.
It will also work as little bite-sized lessons to listen to in the car, for example.
We were also thinking about offering short little podcasts of songs, stories and interviews for people living with dementia, in Gaelic. This will be the next step, along with a couple more ‘Gaelic without trying’ lessons.
These will be freely available to anyone who wants them.