----- Original Message ----- From: "Marc James Small" <msmall@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2005 4:36 PM
Subject: [rollei_list] Re: Happy New Year!
At 12:10 AM 1/1/06 +0000, jon.stanton@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
I studied Welsh in college to acquire access to the early Welsh poetry for a paper I wrote on Sub-Roman Britain. I have kept up with my studies of Irish and Scots Gaelic (there is only one Gaelic language, though with five dialects. Unfortunately, that of Leinster is extinct, and it marked the transition from Connaught, Ulster, and Munster Gaelic to Scots Gaelic, so they now seem to be distinct tongues though they are not so. I visited Ireland in 2001 and happily chattered away in pubs in Scots Gaelic and the barkeeps obviously understood me, though I was surprised that none found exception to an obvious US tourist speaking some of the Gaelic.)
Welsh is a really grand tongue and it shows its heritage from having been the primary language of a proud and vibrant Roman province.
Marc, you may be iterested that the BBC has both Scots and Irish Gaelic and Welsh language programs on the internet. Go to http://www.bbc.co.uk At the top will be a place to click on either the International Version (it will come up in this version) or the UK version. Click on the UK version and you will find a list of services near the bottom. Click on "All BBC Radio" In that list is one headed "Local To You" which includes:
English local radio Radio Scotland Radio Wales Radio Ulster Radio Cymru Radio Foyle Radio Nan Gaidheal
some of these offer both English and local language, some are local language only.
--- Richard Knoppow Los Angeles, CA, USA dickburk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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