Check out our Podcasts page – there are Gaelic language lessons there (Gaelic Without Trying series to enable carers to learn Gaelic without having to commit to lesson time) PLUS our Gaelic Culture Podcast series of beautiful songs, stories and poetry in English and Gaelic.
Please share it widely. It is intended for sharing with people in the community living with dementia, so please highlight this to anybody you know who works with, cares for, is related to or knows anybody across the islands who might enjoy them.
I will have some headphones and splitters next week for any care centres or hospitals who would like to share these with residents/patients/clients.
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We had a massively industrious recording session today at Wee Studio – three podcasts in one session.
One is for the forthcoming memory box relating to moorland. It has a song about the shielings by Maggie and the words read as a poem by Donald Saunders.
The next podcast is about the Herring Girls and Maggie explains the story of the song and then sings it (magically).
The final podcast is the second of our Gaelic Without Trying series, designed to support carers to learn Gaelic by absorption.
They will appear shortly for downloading.
Because of the detail about how songs were learned and remembered, this will be a useful resource for academics researching bilingualism and oral traditions across the islands as well.
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.
Download podcast here
The project takes an exciting step into podcast recording on Thursday this week. We are booked into the Wee Studio to create Gaelic language podcasts for supporting carers to learn Gaelic in order to support the people they are caring for, who have Gaelic as a first language.