• Level 1, 420-424 William Street, West Melbourne, VIC, 3003
  • Mon - Fri 9.00 - 5.30. Sat - Sun CLOSED

    Language Classes

    Language Classes

    The Celtic Club continues to support other organisations who share the same or similar cultural outcomes as what is expressed in our Club Purposes.

    Gaelic language classes have been held at the Celtic Club for many years now and we continue to support both the Irish & Scottish language classes at our Admin Centre, Level 1 420-424 William St West Melbourne.

    Note: Welsh Classes are currently being held at the Welsh Church in Latrobe St.

    Irish Language Classes

    From the time it was first conceived in Melbourne in the early nineties Cumann Gaeilge na hAstráile (The Irish Language Association of Australia) has gone from strength to strength. Prior to the Association forming, there were Irish language classes run at Princes Hill High School in Carlton, and Melbourne University. Then the Association started life in 1993 and has been reconnecting Irish born to their native language as well as introducing Australians to an aspect of their Irish heritage ever since.

    Classes are held on Tuesdays at the administrative offices of the Celtic Club. They cater for absolute beginner through to advanced. So, if you've been away from the language for any length of time, or you've never studied it before there's a level to suit you.

    Other activities include a four day summer school in Melbourne in January and, in association with other groups around Australia, students of the language have an opportunity to attend Scoil Gheimridh (Winter School) in NSW in June. A 'ciorcal comhrá' (conversation circle) meets fortnightly in the city for fluent speakers, where you only converse - no books, no writing, nothing. It's a good challenge! More recently, a new conversation group has started here in Melbourne meeting on Sunday afternoons. It's called Gaeilge sa Ghairdín (Irish in the Garden) and the group meet at Edinburgh Gardens for conversation.

    Phrases

    If you've been away from the language for any length of time, or you've never studied it, try some Irish phrases. This is your opportunity to refresh, or start out, with some nice simple words written phonetically to ease you into it.

    Beannachtai - Greetings

    Céad míle fáilte! Conas atá tú?
    Kade míle fall-cha Ku-niss a-thaw 2?
    100,000 welcomes! How are you?

    Oíche mhaith! Feicfidh mé thú!
    Ee-ha woh Feck-ee may 2
    Good night! I'll see you!

    Cupla Focal - A few words

    Cad is ainm duit? Seán is ainm dom!
    Cod iss an-im thitch? Shawn iss an-im dhum
    What is your name? My name is John!

    Laethanta - Days

    Dé Luain Dé Mairt
    Jay Loon Jay Maw-r-ch
    Monday Tuesday

    Dé Céadaoin Déardaoin
    Jay Kay-Jeen Jay-R-Deen
    Wednesday Thursday

    Dé hAoine Dé Sathairn Dé Domhnaigh
    Jay Hee-na Jay-Sa-Har-N Jay-Dow-Nee
    Friday Saturday Sunday

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    Scottish Gaelic Language Classes

    Choir performing at Portarlington National Celtic Festival

    The Scottish Gaelic Society of Victoria

    The Scottish Gaelic Society of Victoria, is a non-profit organisation, founded in 1905, that actively promotes and celebrates the Scottish Gaelic culture through language classes and the Scottish Gaelic Choir of Victoria. We welcome people from all walks of life and backgrounds; many of our members are from non-Gaelic heritage. All that is needed is a fondness for anything Gaelic; whether it is the language, music, poetry, beliefs or history of the Scottish Gaelic people.

    The Scottish Gaelic Society takes part in various Scottish events and the Society tent is present at the various Highland Games around Melbourne. The Society runs workshops in language and music at the National Celtic Festival in Portarlington.

    The Society website is at http://www.scottishgaelicsocietyvic.org/. The Society can be contacted through the email address shown on the website.

    Scottish Gaelic language class

    Scottish Gaelic language classes

    Scottish Gaelic language classes, at beginner and advanced levels, are held on Wednesday nights from 7:00 to 8:30 pm during school terms at the Celtic Club, 1st floor, 420-424 William Street, West Melbourne. Students are welcome to join the classes at any time, but we advise that absolute beginners would find it easier to join the class early in February of any year. However, the classes are not too difficult and beginning students who start during the year could catch up if they did extra study at home. Students are able to borrow books from the Society's library. Class members are required to pay the annual membership of the Scottish Gaelic Society of Victoria. The annual subscription is modest and is determined each year at the AGM in May. Fees for our language classes cover costs and are determined by the students each year.

    The Scottish Gaelic language, is one of the Goidelic languages. Its origins are in Middle Irish which was the language of Ireland, most of what is now Scotland, and the Isle of Man from the tenth to the twelfth centuries. After the twelfth century, Middle Irish began to develop into Gaeilge (Modern Irish), Gaelg (Manx), Galwegian Gaelic and Gàidhlig (Scottish Gaelic). Scottish Gaelic is at the very heart of Scotland’s history and culture and its imprint is almost everywhere in the nation.

    Choir performing waulking songs at Portarlington NCF

    Scottish Gaelic Choir of Victoria

    Choir rehearsals are held from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm on Wednesday mornings during school terms at the Kildara Centre, rear 39 Stanhope Street, Malvern. You do not need to know Scottish Gaelic to join the choir because the songs are taught phonetically. You do not need to know how to read music as traditionally, our music is learned by ear.  People from all backgrounds, of all ages and from all sections of the community join the choir. All that is necessary is a love of music, an interest in Gaelic, and above all, the ability to enjoy the experience! The choir is looking for new members, so if you would like to sing in Scottish Gaelic, just drop in on a Wednesday morning. Choir members are required to become members of the Scottish Gaelic Society of Victoria. The annual subscription is modest and is determined each year at the AGM in May. Choir fees cover costs and are determined by its members each year.

    Scottish Gaelic is a poetic language and music is an integral part of Scottish Gaelic culture. As well as instrumental music, there is a wealth of Scottish Gaelic songs, for example: waulking songs – òrain luaidh, mouth music – puirt-a-beul, and ballads, òrain mòr. The Scottish Gaelic Choir is developing an extensive repertoire of traditional and new Scottish Gaelic songs. The choir performs at various events such as Highland gatherings, the National Celtic Festival and the Kirkin' o' the Tartan.

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