Gaelic: The Second Hour!

Thursday June 18, 2015

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The event was located in Wellington Church, providing a graceful and elegant atmosphere for the workshop.

Upon entry I sat down with a mixed crowd of young and old interested in honing their language techniques.  Derek advised me that although my knowledge in Gaelic was minimal I would be able to gain something from this event.  Titled ‘Second stage mutations in the dependant mood’ this presentation considered the use of verbs with handouts to go along.

 A gentle step by step approach with audience participation ensured that no one could escape without getting involved.  This technique allowed each person to tune their pronunciation in a warm and encouraging atmosphere.   With word games and audience engagement this ensured a proactive approach into learning the fascinating language of Gaelic and within twenty minutes of the presentation I found myself speaking Gaelic.  I believe that anyone with an interest in language studies or Gaelic would benefit from Derek’s approach.

With Derek’s passion for teaching language and unique style of delivery, I found myself not only enjoying the event but learning Gaelic in a short period of time and before I knew it the session was over.  As the workshop concluded I was able to differentiate between verbs and speak various phrases of Gaelic, something that very morning I never thought would happen.  After the workshop concluded I spoke to Derek and it was clear to me the passion he has for his art and I would encourage people of all levels to attend.

No stranger to the West End Festival, Derek has been providing workshops and presentations since 1999.  As a language and accent specialist, his work with the WEF has a varied over the years.  His first workshop discussed the difference between Scottish and English accents and continued the following year.  In 2001 he discussed the Polish language and more recently in 2013 he discussed the language of Mandarin with simple conversation.  In future WEF events he told me he is looking into discussing the ways in which politicians use language to cosy up to voters which is sure to be of interest to many.

If you didn’t get the chance to attend Gaelic: The Second Hour there will be another presentation at Wellington Church on the 23rd of June at 1:00pm (FREE ENTRY).

To find out more information and future workshops by Dereck here.


Andrew Stewart