Some of my readers have asked if there’s any kind of pronunciation guide for all the Gaelic (Gaidhlig) terms in Daughters of Alba.  So I thought I’d put one together for all you language nerds out there like me.

 

Names of People

 

Aigneis = AYG-nuss

Ealasaid = AIL-uh-sut

Eithne = EYE-nyuh

Anndrais = AWN-drush

Ceanna = KYAWN-uh

Eoin = YOH-un

Domhnall = DONN-ul

Ruairi = ROY-ree

Caomhin = KAH-vun

Iseabail = IS-uh-bal

Daibhidh = DAY-vee

Fionnlagh = FINN-lay

Donnchad = DON-hhat

Seumas = SHAY-muss

Silis = SHIH-liss

Sine = SHEE-nuh

Niall = NEE-ul

Faolagan = FAIL-uh-gun

Coluim = CALL-um

Sorcha = SORE-uh-huh

 

 

Names of Places

 

Dun na Cloich Leith = DUN nuh KLOYH LEE

Allt na Cathrach = ALT nuh KAH-ruhh

Sgain = SKOO-een

Inbhir Nis = IN-ver NISS

Cill Linnhe = Kill LINN-ee

 

 

Other Terms

 

A nighean / mo nighean (uh NEE-un) = my girl, daughter

Mo cridhe (mo KREEY-uh) = my heart

Athair (AH-harr) / Dadaidh (DAH-day) = Father / Daddy

Mathair (MAH-harr) / Mamaidh (MAH-may) = Mother / Mommy

leine (LENN) = linen garment

brat (BRAHT) = woolen mantle

claidheamh da laimh (KLAY-uh da LAV) = claymore sword

Lachlannach (LAH-luh-nah) = Northerner (Viking)

Albannach (AL-buh-nah) = Alban person

Eireannach (AIR-uh-nah) = Irish person

Sasannach (SAH-suh-nah) = English person

seannchaid (SHEN-hut) = Clan historian

camanachd (KAH-muh-nahk) = (origin of modern day game of Shinty)