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Old 29th June 2015, 13:17
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Its up to you to make the effort every time you choose to read something and want to understand and take part.You have the freedom to do so.
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Old 29th June 2015, 13:21
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Old 29th June 2015, 13:41
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"For several centuries Gaelic has been the subject of contemptuous attacks from the non-Gaelic speaking
majority in Scotland, an onslaught famously described by the eighteenth-century poet
Alasdair mac Mhaighstir Alasdair as “mì-rùn mòr nan Gall” (“the great ill-will of the
Lowlanders”). The contours of this hostility have changed considerably over the centuries, from
concern about “popery” and “barbarity” in the seventeenth century to the racialist theorizing of
the nineteenth century (MacKinnon 1991: 40-52; Fenyö 2000). Today, Gaelic and Gaelic
speakers continue to be subject to aggressive denigration in the media and other public spheres.
While it would be a mistake to over-emphasize either the frequency or importance of these
attacks, it is certainly the case that such abusive hostility is considered acceptable within
mainstream public discourse in Scotland, and is in no way stigmatized, as are similar attacks on
Jews or on the country’s “visible” ethnic minority groups like Pakistanis and Afro-Caribbeans."

(Page 12 Gaelic in the New Scotland: Politics, Rhetoric and Public Discourse)
Wilson McLeoid 2001
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Old 29th June 2015, 13:44
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i disagree mikey, gaelic should be learned in school in Scotland before any other language in my opinion. i think you should be able to speak to the natives of your own country first before learning a foreign language.
But what proportion of native Scots speak Gaelic with fluency? I am sure that we agree that the vast majority of Scots speak English as their primary language and as far as I'm aware, there are no native Gaelic speakers who do not also speak English. So why would we want to focus our resources on having people speak to each other in a different language when there is already a common language??

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Old 29th June 2015, 14:12
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Thats precisely the reason why Gaelic needs more attention than English. English has been fed at the expense of Gaelic and this was a very deliberate policy of cultural annihilation.
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Old 29th June 2015, 14:56
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It was . . . several hundred years ago. Now, we are where we are. We are predominantly an English-speaking nation.

But there are reasons that people opt not to learn Gaelic, the main one being that it isn't that useful.
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Old 29th June 2015, 15:05
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Cha channainsa gum biodh seo ceart.

Study suggests Gaelic worth up to £148.5m a year to economy - BBC News
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