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Marcas Mac an T @Marcas_Mac
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A bilingual sign tells you more than just where you need to go.

It tells you a country has more than one native language.

It tells you how the names for places are connected, or sometimes not, between languages.

It teaches you what others call that place in their language.
It demonstrates that the country values linguistic diversity and equality between linguistic communities.

It may tell you that you are entering a place whether another language is more predominent.
It tells you that you may expect to hear another language or experience another culture upon arrival.

It may tell you that folk spoke a now minoritised language in a place before the dominant majority language.
And in the case of Gaelic, Welsh, Irish, Cornish and Manx it could tell you what the place will look like, its topographical features, its landmarks, who established a settlement, what flora and fauna can be found there, what the weather is like there, what colours you'll see...
I'm happy to see a #BilingualSign in #Scotland as it reminds me #Gaelic is still spoken and valued here. If I don't know the original Gaelic name for a place, I learn it as I go past. I can picture that place in my mind from the words that comprise it. It shows #Gaelic is alive.
My #BilingualSign dream is to see a #Gaelic #English one on the street I was brought up on. My parents next door neighbour is from #Uist. Moved in after I'd learnt Gaelic. When we see each other we say 'feasgar math'. In doing so we've create our own #Gàidhealtachd in #Yorkshire.
Carson nach cruthaich mi taga-hais ach às dèidh làimhe?

Why do I never think up a hashtag until after the fact?

#BilingualSign #SoidhneDàChànanach

Air soidhne dà-chànanach, chì thu tuilleadh is an àite air bhios tu ag amais.

Chì thu gu bheil tuilleadh is cànan tùsail a-mhàin san dùthaich.

Chì thu mar a tha ainmean-àite ceangailte, no gun cheangal sam bith, eadar cànanan.

Ionnsaichidh thu an t-ainm a th' aig daoine eile air an àite, nan cànan fhèin.

Chì thu gu bheilear measail san dùthaich air iolrachd chànanach eadar coimhearsnachdan cànanach.

Chì thu, is dòcha, gu bheil thu dol a dh'àite far a bheil cànan fa leth aig a' chuid as motha.
Bìdh thu an dùil, is dòcha, ri cànan eile a chluinntinn no cultar eile fhaicinn, nuair a ruigeas tu an t-àite.

Chì thu, is dòcha, gu mion-chànan aig muinntir an àite, a bha na pailt mus tàinig mòr-chànan air an àite.

A thaobh #Gàidhlig na h-Alba, na h-Èireann (#Gaeilge) is Mhanainn (#Gaelg), Cuimris (#Cymraeg) Còrnais (#Kernowek) is Breatnais (#Brezhoneg) tuigidh thu cò ris an tha an t-àite coltach, feartan an deilbh-tìre, togalaich a bhios ann is cò thog iad, planntaichean is beathaichean...
... cò ris an tha an t-sìde coltach, is na dathan a chì thu ann.

#Gàidhlig #BilingualSign #Gaelic
Ma bhios tu a' gabhail dragh sàbhailteachd shoidhnichean dà-chànanach ann an Alba, faic:

If you're concerned about safety and bilingual signs, see…

Agus an aithisg, an-seo:

And the report, here:

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