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How to Learn Gaelic
By Alexander MacBain LL.D. and John Whyte


PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION.

THE demand for a third edition of "How to Read Gaelic" has afforded the Authors an opportunity of making a few alterations on the earlier editions. The Title has been altered at the suggestion of some who considered that the work was well adapted for a somewhat wider purpose than that of a mere collection of Heading Lessons. The various sections of the work have also been arranged in a more natural and convenient order for practical use. Beyond this the book is substantially a reproduction of the former editions.

The specific pieces--"Coire-na-Sithe," and "Finlay's Letter to his wife"—provided to meet the requirements of the first stage of the Gaelic Scheme adapted to the Code by Mr Robertson, H.M.I.S., have been retained, notwithstanding the changes recently introduced by the Education Department. These pieces, and indeed the whole work, are still suitable for the first year or more of Pupil Teachers' work, the P.T.'s being still liable to examination under the Code, and retaining the benefit of taking Gaelic at the King's Scholarship examination.

Of the two lessons—"Calum Seoladair" and "Am Mac Strodhail"—which are given with an interlinear literal English rendering, it may be remarked that they contain a variety of practicable and convenient phrases and idioms, the possession of which by the pupil will form an important basis uponn which to build his acquisitions in Gaelic Grammar.

INVERNESS, April 1902.

PREFACE TO THE FOURTH EDITION.

BEYOND the correction of a few slight inaccuracies, and the addition of a Vocabulary, no change is made in this edition.

INVERNESS, Nov. 1906.

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