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Speaking our Language

Speaking our Language[1]
Title Card
Genre Language Learning
Written by Dr. Richard Cox, Anne Lorne Gillies
Directed by Anne Buckland
Presented by Rhoda MacDonald
Voices of Iain MacRae
Theme music composer Phil Cunningham
Opening theme Performed by Wolfstone
Original language(s) English and Scottish Gaelic
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 72
Executive producer(s) Rhoda MacDonald
Producer(s) Amanda Berry
Editor(s) Andy Boyd, Pat Doherty
Location(s) Scotland, United Kingdom
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Scottish Television/C.T.G.
Original channel STV, BBC Alba, TeleG
Original run 1993 – 1996

Speaking our Language was a Scottish Gaelic learners television programme that ran from 1993 to 1996. Running for 72 episodes through four series, the series was produced by Scottish Television (STV Productions) and presented by Rhoda MacDonald, STV's then-head of Gaelic output. It was frequently repeated on TeleG and is now repeated on BBC Alba, and all four series have been released on DVD.[2]

The series was based on Now You're Talking, a similar Welsh-language learners' series broadcast on S4C and developed by Acen, a resource service for Welsh learners, who acted as programme consultants for Speaking our Language.


Each episode begins with Rhoda introducing where it was recorded and what it will cover. Each set of new phrases is introduced by Rhoda and then followed by some short dramatisations which show examples of how the words and phrases are used. Once an episode an extended drama (with a continuing story line through the series) is used to give a deeper example of how the vocabulary introduced in the episode can be used. In the first two series the drama is called "Aig an taigh" (At Home), following a family who have moved to Glasgow and are settling into life there; whereas in last two series the drama for intermediate learners "Càirdeas" (Friendship) is about the complexity of love and friendship among the protagonists - Ceit, Anna, Iseabail, Tormod, Iain, Seumas, Murchadh, Bill, Eòghainn etc. The episodes are summed up during the episode and at the end with the voice over going over the phrases introduced.


  1. ^ All information regarding credits is taken from Episode 11 of Series 2, Speaking Our Language.
  2. ^ Comhairle nan Leabhraichean

Producer(s): Amanda Berry (Series 1)/ Anne Lorne Gillies (Series 2 & 3) / Erina Reiner Series 4

External links

  • Information from MG Alba
  • Future episodes on BBC Alba
  • Program video clips with transcripts and English translations at LearnGaelic
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