In this episode, we discuss recent announcements, and welcome native Scot, Arlen Donald (@dreadgerbil), who joins us to discuss his experience learning Gàidhlig, as well as to discuss the Bard, himself, Robert Burns. We also again include Eilidh Grant singing Burns’ “The Lea Rig.”

For more information about the works of Robert Burns, visit Robert Burns Country. For information about the Bard’s birthplace and history, visit The National Trust For Scotland’s Robert Burns Birthplace Museum  website.

Click here for the text of “Address to a Haggis

The Education Scotland website has a page dedicated to “Auld lang syne,” with both the traditional tune as well as the one Burns originally chose. 

Scottish dialects” (BBC)

The Main Dialects of Scots” (Scots Language Centre)

Here is also a fantastic discussion on the language vs dialect “issue” from Indiana University: “Dialects and languages” from How language works: The cognitive science of linguistics (3.0)  by Michael Gasser.

Finally, here’s the film Arlen mentions: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

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