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​Ùlpan - Group Courses

Oide Ùlpan Teisteanas Love Gaelic

Learning Scottish Gaelic through the Ùlpan method

is a revolutionary language learning system first pioneered in the Middle East. Since then, it has been used to teach Welsh and Breton and has was adapted for Scottish Gaelic a few years ago by Deiseal Earranta Ltd. Over 2500 students signed up over the years and 187 tutors trained to deliver the course which consists of 144 x 1.5 hour lessons and covers beginner level all the way to advanced. 

It includes grammar at intermediate level from the start, so you are required to do additional study of verbs. For this purpose you will be given FREE access to the Cùrsa Ro-ìre and FREE access to the Intermediate Verb use Course online resources. You will need to purchase the course books yourself as I will refer to it for homework tasks. Downloadable soundfiles to practice with are available and you also get FREE access to our Ceist Iomadh-Roghainne (online revision quizzes). You are also encouraged to join the Conversation & Revision sessions especially set up for our Love Gaelic Ùlpan students.

You will learn Gaelic through listening and speaking foremost. We will drill short phrases (listening, speaking, memorizing exercises, reading a short dialogue and learning activities. Every lesson is accompanied by a worksheet with the vocabulary list, a translation exercise, a comprehension exercise and a soundfile. You can complete homework tasks to ensure you are duly prepared for the fast-paced lesson.

Entry requirements Block 1 - 12 : none

Entry requirements all other Block Units:
Evidence of successful completion of all (starting at Aonad 1) taught prior Ùlpan units (End of block certificate, last homework submitted, letter from tutor, attendance certificate or other) is required. This is a modular course and can not be joined in the middle without having completed all prior units.

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Units 1 - 12

BEGINNER

Among the topics covered is:

Introductions

Use of the Verb To Like/Would Like

Use of the Verb To Be in the Descriptive Form + Verbal Noun

Where are you & Countries

Imperative of Regular Verbs

Adjectives

Irregular Verb To Do in the Past Tense

Past Tense of Regular Verbs

To Be in the Definitive Form

Use of the Verb To Prefer
What are you

How Many & Numbers 1 - 12

Possession

What time is it

Units 25 - 36
BEGINNER

Among the topics covered is:

'S dòcha gu

Hungry/Thirsty
Positive and negative commands

Past tense of the verb to go, to hear, to see, to get, to be, to say

Having to ...

Gabh - command

Future tense of the verb to go

Nach buidhe ...

They are ...

'S math gu/gum

Possession

Saoil

a dhìth - missing something/someone

Seo / sin

Vocative case

Units 13 - 24
BEGINNER

Among the topics covered is:

Tenfolds

Future Tense Regular Verbs

Past Tense of Regular Verbs

There is

Imperative of Regular Verbs

Adjectives

When, where

Irregular Verb To See in the Future Tense

Having

Numbers 1 - 12

Verbal noun in simple/progressive tense

What time is it

The weather

They are

Like

Emphatic Personal Pronouns

Days of the Week

Song

Units 37 - 48

BEGINNER

Among the topics covered is:

'S beag / 'S lugha

'S ann / Chan ann

Nam / Nad

Eòlach air

His / her - in his / in her

Future tense regular verbs
Genitive / Names

Eagal ro

mo + noun in the dative case

Irregular verb a' tighinn, a' faicinn, a' toirt

Past tense regular verbs

Adjective + air

Time

Feum/cuimhne aig + air

Directions

Possession

B' fheàrr

First, second, third, fourth

Comparative

Imperative's B

Units 49 - 60

INTERMEDIATE

Among the topics covered is:

Adjectives after slenderised plurals
Comparison
Dh'iarr + air
Possession
Feum
Ùrnaigh
Me too/Me neither
Possessive articles
Would be
Pre-noun adjectives
sa / san

'S fheàrr + do

Express opinions

Faod
Past Tense Regular Verbs
airson/son
Future Tense/Relative Future
Suas/shuas/a-nuas
Superlative

Gun do/nach do

Units 73 - 84

INTERMEDIATE

Among the topics covered is:

'S fheàrr

Seasons

Gun

Evening of

Ann ann

Past & Future Tense of Regular & Irregular Verbs

do / à

Me too / Me neither

Emphatic pronouns

Preposition de + Pronouns

Preposition ann + Possessive Articles

Commands

Possession

Comparative with past/conditional verb

Relative Future

Passive Tense

Preposition Use

Bu chòir do

Distance

Directions

Why & Because

Conjunctions

Units 61 - 72

INTERMEDIATE

Among the topics covered is:

Fon
Possession
Opinions
Past Tense
Feum/Urrainn/Toil/Faod
Irregular verbs Future Tense
às

Conditional Tense To Be

Sìos/shìos/a-nìos
A bh' air

Na mìosan
Comparative

Bho + Personal Pronouns
Siud
Commands
B' fheudar
An Litir Bheag
Òran

Units 85 - 96

INTERMEDIATE

Among the topics covered is:

Intention

Comparative with past/conditional verb

Location

Many / Some of Them

In front / Behind

Number of People

Subordinate Clauses

Preposition DO + pronouns

Deciding

Regular 

Past & Future Tense of Regular & Irregular Verbs

Dh'fhaodadh

Opinion

Ever / Never

Days of the Month / Months

thall / a-bhos / a-null / a-nall

a' dol + infinitive

late versus being late

ath-

Leig + le

Pre-noun adjectives

An Litir Bheag

Ùlpan Individual Blocks with support

£370
for new Ùlpan students joining their first Ùlpan course block of 12 units with Love Gaelic

£260
for continuing Love Gaelic Ùlpan students  per block of 12 units

Weekly classes:

12 x 1.5 hour group lessons

Homework Review

E-mail Support for questions relating to the course

Online Group Support

Resources

What you get

Lesson Worksheets

Downloadable Soundfiles 

Useful learning resources and info

Reference will be given to my verb grammar courses and therefore you will be given free access to the online resources of the
- Cùrsa Ro-ìre Gràmar na Gàidhlig

- Intermediate Verb Use & Dialogue Drills

(You can purchase the course books here.)

- Online Revision Quizzes 

Admission Requirements

Aonad 1 - 12 

No entry requirements.

 

Aonad 13 onwards


Open to everyone who provides evidence of study of all prior units from Aonad 1 onwards (with any provider). 

To ensure everyone is prepared and can get the most out of the taught lesson, you will be expected to complete preparation tasks.

See Attendance & Cancellation Policy

 

Units 97 - 108

ADVANCED

A' dol + verb

Past Tense + Comparative

Nach + irregular verbs

Past Passive with TO GO

Third, fourth, fifth ....

O chionn

B' àbhaist

Before / After

a' toirt + air

Days / Months

gun / gum / nach

cho

Past Passive with TO BE

Airson / Air sgàth

An ceann

Am bliadhna

On a

Years

Conditional tense with I

gam /gad / ...

Mus

Ma bhios / Nan robh
An Litir Bheag

Òran

Units 109 - 120

ADVANCED

Ath-sgrùdadh 1 - 99

Passive Tense

Units 121 - 132

ADVANCED

a' dol

às

fiach

Comparison

Bu chòir

Command

Gun a bhith

sin / seo

matamataig

genitive

ri taobh

a dh'aoindeoin

superlative

far

Let us

Units 133 - 144

ADVANCED

Mu dheidhinn

don / bhon

gus

mas urrainn / mura h-urrainn

ri taobh

commands

Saoil

plural adjectives

Ge b' e

'S ann

ri / rim

Dh'fhaighnich

Cha mhòr

Comparative

Abairtean

​Òran

I am studying the Ùlpan course and am just about to begin units 61-72. I had done a little bit of Gaelic but started Ùlpan at the very beginning. I’m glad I did. It seemed easy at first, then gradually got harder….no, not so much ‘harder’ as much, much more challenging! The format is fast-paced and fun! It’s fun to do and lovely to meet other Gaelic learners (making the same mistakes as me!) People learn new languages best when they are young ( so they say). But don’t be at all put off if you are of a more mature disposition. I’m 78 and am thoroughly enjoying this Gaelic journey. Whatever your age, if you fancy learning this beautiful, lyrical, frustrating language – give it a go! Come and join us!

Eileen Robinson

If you're interested in learning Scottish Gaelic, I highly recommend enrolling in an Ùlpan – Scottish Gaelic course. Ùlpan 's immersive and interactive approach is exceptionally effective for grasping the language's intricacies and building strong conversational skills. Whether you're a beginner or looking to enhance your Gaelic proficiency, this course will provide you with the necessary resources and support.

 

Her tremendous expertise in Scottish Gaelic and English, combined with Ann's impressive proficiency in Dutch, Flemish, French, and German, makes her an exceptionally well-rounded language instructor. Her multilingual abilities uniquely position her to understand and address the diverse linguistic challenges that students from various backgrounds may encounter when learning Scottish Gaelic. This versatility allows her to create an inclusive and enriching learning environment, ensuring that all students have the support and resources they need to succeed in their Scottish Gaelic studies. Ann's skills, enthousiasm, and dedication undoubtedly make her an invaluable asset to anyone interested in delving into the world of Scottish Gaelic.

Dirk De Nijs

I am Mairead from Australia and I was looking for Scottish Gaelic courses based in Scotland. Problem was- they were all happening while I was in bed. But then I found an Ùlpan course with Ann where she got up early to accommodate Australians and New Zealanders and I am now about to start the third round. After doing a lot of grammar and laborious translations of Scottish Gaelic texts in my past classes it is so refreshing to have Ùlpan, which concentrates on pronunciation and using common conversational drills until you become familiar with them, and you are practising them with other students. It is a great way to refine and extend your spoken skills. Ann is optimistic, cheerful and forgiving. She is also incredibly well organised and homework comes flying back with a lot of advice. Don’t be the only Gael in your village - Give it a go!!!

Margaret Marshall

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