Learn a Celtic language in 2014 – for free!

Have you made a New Year’s resolution to learn a Celtic language in 2014? Celtic Institute of the Midwest is here to help!

Starting on January 1, we’ll be tweeting a Cornish phrase each day from our new Twitter account @LavarenAnJydh. Each tweet will include an English translation and a link to an audio file you can download to practice your pronunciation. A full list of all the phrases an vocabulary will be posted on the Lavaren an Jydh page of our Celtic Institute blog.

The inspiration for this project comes from a book called Bemdez, ur frazenn ouzhpenn: 365 frazenn bemdeziek, which a colleague of mine in Vienna passed on to me many years ago. This slim 28-page pamphlet contains a list of 365 everyday phrases and expressions in Breton, one for each day of the year, with a translation on the facing page. You can download a PDF of the booklet in either English or French from the Ofis Publik ar Brezhoneg website. Click here for a list of other free Breton phrasebooks (mostly Breton-French) from the same source.

For those who would like to improve their Manx Gaelic in the New Year, the Learn Manx / Ynsee Gaelg website has three exciting new features. The 1,000 Words in Manx Challenge will post new words and phrases each day so that you can master at least 1,000 words of Manx by the end of the year. There will also be a series of podcasts for learners and a project to post a Manx Gaelic Video a Day in 2014! Click here to find out more about these projects and other ways to learn Manx online!

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