3 Gaelic in the modern era
3.1 Who speaks Gaelic?
3.1.1 I do!
‘Mise’, in answer to the question ‘Who speaks Gaelic?’, means ‘I do’. ‘Mise’ is pronounced ‘mish-uh’.
It also means ‘I am …’, when someone is introducing himself or herself. Here three Gaelic speakers living in Scotland in 2011 tell you a little about themselves.
‘Mise Karen. I'm 18 years old and I have lived in Inverness all my life. My Grampa's family were native Gaelic speakers and my parents wanted me to learn the language too. I'm very pleased I did. I went to the Gaelic Medium Unit in Inverness and have been lucky to have had so many opportunities especially on the music aspect since. This September I'm off to Glasgow University to study Gaelic and History and perhaps Politics.’
‘Mise Crìsdean. I spoke English and French at home and learned Gaelic in school and in a Gaelic college. I have had various jobs in the Gaelic world.’
‘Mise Dòmhnall-Iain. I was brought up in a Gaelic speaking community in the Western Isles but have mostly lived and worked in cities such as Glasgow and Inverness. I use Gaelic regularly, at home, socially and when working.’