My tutor, Muriel is from the Isle of Skye and a native Gaelic speaker. We began at the very place where I coincidentally wanted to begin: that danged aspiration! (Aspiration means that while an 'm' at the beginning of a word sounds like a good 'ol 'm', add an 'h' after it ('mh') means it sounds like a 'v'.
When you look at a sentence full of Gaelic, the words don't look like words at all. How the heck do you pronounce "càrmiaibh"?? The English rules for pronouncing combinations of letters are no help at all.
There are only 18 letters in the Gaelic alphabet; we spent most of the time working through the sounds of the consonants that can be aspirated:
We have LoNeR consolants, EvIl vowels,, STDs and Gumpots - and more.
My home work was to learn the personal pronouns a list of about two dozen adjectives. Taking about three or four a night seems to work.
Tha mi toilichte. (I am happy).
At least I've learned something useful from my homework. Valentines Day is coming up in two weeks. I be able to say to my sweet lady wife, "Tha thu glè bhrèagha" (You are very beautiful). This week I'll get Muriel to teach me to say "I Love You" and I'll be all set. (I'll also get her to teach me to pronounce the name of this blog.)