Seo na stadastaigean Twitter airson 2016
Idrissa aka C.I.B. is a street vendor in Marrakesh during the day, a singer most evenings, and a full-time Fula speaker. I met him during a short trip to Morocco to pick up tips on sales and marketing from the experts in the souks! He wanted to sell me a pair of shades and we’ve ended up good friends, using Whatsapp to keep in touch – and it’s all down to me using my Gaelic to confuse him as I didn’t want to buy anything! Naughty I know, but it works for spam PIP callers!
It turned out he had already made a friend from Paisley a while back and he went on to Youtube and showed me the man singing at the Oran Mòr during a West End Festival evening. He said he really liked Scottish people, they were always so friendly! Of course, I couldn’t deny that
Anyway, he went back to the shop, put his vending bag away and we chilled out for a couple of days and I got shown round all the tourist places and to various other parts of the city the tourists don’t usually see – and he made sure I was never ripped off and got ‘local’ prices! In return, I had to teach him some Gaelic – so this I did, above the grand square as we watched acrobats below.
When I got home to Glasgow we kept the conversation up, and we continue to exchange basic phrases – Fula and Gaelic. He has managed to pick up the Gaelic way much easier than me!
Here’s a few soundbites of our initial language exchange:
Là na Gàidhlig – “Gàidhlig is a really important language!”
Chì mi thu a-maireach
Being taught Fula
The last few weeks have been really tough for him as he just buried his mother and had to travel out to Rabat for the ceremony.
I’m hopefully meeting him again in a few weeks thanks to the cheap airfares out of Glasgow and I’m sure then I’ll have a better measure of how he’s bearing up, as Whatsapp is not really the best thing for the big matters in life.
Anyway he has a dream of becoming famous and making his fortune so he can help build a school and hospital for his home village of Fouta in Guinea, West Africa.
I said to him I’d help where I could so this introduction and post is part of my contribution to helping him fulfil his dreams. And it would never have come about if I had not used my Gaelic and had the language not sparked his interest.
Gaelic is a truly international connector, and digital technology helps.
A Spanish friend made this video with him. In the song, he speaks out about the conditions of his village.
Scottish Gaelic has been used at least a couple of times officially in EU affairs, and more recently by Social Media Alba ® in Glasgow as part of Startup Europe Week in conjunction with the European Commission.
The European Union has 24 official and working languages. They are:
The first official language policy of what was then the European Community identified Dutch, French, German, and Italian as the official working languages of the EU.
Since then, as more countries have become part of the EU, the number of official and working languages has increased. However, there are fewer official languages than Member States, as some share common languages.
On the other hand, some regional languages, such as Catalan and Welsh, have gained a status as co-official languages of the European Union. The official use of such languages can be authorised on the basis of an administrative arrangement concluded between the Council and the requesting Member State.
According to Wikipedia, there are over 100 languages spoken in Russia today. Azerbaijani is one of them, and I know a few Gaelic speakers who have been there!
Over the past year, Azerbaijan has had quite an influence on me, and it all started when I was working in the same team as Orkhan Sultanov during a Common Purpose Global Leadership Challenge about Smart Cities which took place at Glasgow University and was supported by the Wheatley Group.
Impressed by my passion for the Gaelic language, Orkhan Sultanov, president (2015) and founder of Glasgow’s Azerbaijan Society, invited me to an evening of Azerbaijan culture. While I was there, I asked him for a few words about the organisation, his experience in Glasgow, language and how he sees Scotland in comparison to his home country with regards to energy.
Here is what he told me:
Orkhan introduces himself and Glasgow’s Azerbaijan Society
Orkhan talks about some of the events he has helped to organise and taken part in
Orkhan on his impressions of Glasgow and Scotland
Orkhan talks about language in Glasgow and Azerbiaijan
Orkhan talk about oil, renewables and energy security
Thank you for everything (Glasgow) – in Azerbaijani!
Since then, I have been invited along to Celtic Park as an honorary guest to watch Celtic play against Qarabag and that’s where I met a Scottish-Azerbaijani who works a lot as a Humanitarian and has a mum and sister who speaks Gaelic!
Through this new friendship, and following on from that of Orkhan, I was asked to attend a Aberdeen Azerbaijan Society for an event though this has still to happen.
The interest for the Gaelic language, and so some extent my passion for it I guess, has brought about these international links, friendships and opportunities. I suppose it is mostly connected through a mutual appreciation of languages and cultures.
Today though with both either far away, travelling around all the time or both, the medium that keeps us connected today is Facebook.
Phrases to tweet the day before Là na #Gàidhlig …
A’ coimhead air adhart ri Là na #Gàidhlig Diardaoin @LaNaGaidhlig #TIML2016
Looking forward to #GaelicTwitterDay on Thursday! @LaNaGaidhlig #TIML2016
A’ coimhead air adhart ri Là na #Gàidhlig an t-seachdain seo. @LaNaGaidhlig #TIML2016
Looking forward to Gaelic Twitter Day this week @LaNaGaidhlig #TIML2016
Bidh (NAME) a’ comharrachadh cànan agus cultar na Gàidhlig air Là na #Gàidhlig 2016 Diardaoin @LaNaGaidhlig #TIML2016
(NAME) will be celebrating the Gaelic language and culture on Là na #Gàidhlig 2016 on Thursday @LaNaGaidhlig #TIML2016
Latha Twitter na #Gàidhlig a-màireach! @LaNaGaidhlig #TIML2016
Its Gaelic Twitter Day tomorrow! @LaNaGaidhlig #TIML2016
Tha mi a’ cumail taic ri Là na #Gàidhlig @LaNaGaidhlig #TIML2016
I am supporting Gaelic Twitter Day tomorrow. @LaNaGaidhlig #TIML2016
Tha sinn a’ cumail taic ri Là na #Gàidhlig (21,04.2016) @LaNaGaidhlig #TIML2016
We are supporting Gaelic Twitter Day (21.04.2016). @LaNaGaidhlig #Gàidhlig #TIML2016
Tha (BUSINESS/ORGANISATION NAME) a’ cumail taic ri Latha Twitter na #Gàidhlig @LaNaGaidhlig #TIML2016
BUSINESS / ORGANISATION NAME is supporting Gaelic Twitter Day a-màireach. @LaNaGaidhlig #Gàidhlig #TIML2016
Madainn mhath! Là na #Gàidhlig air feadh an t-saoghail an-diugh. @LaNaGaidhlig #TIML2016
Good Morning! Gaelic Twitter Day across the world today. @LaNaGaidhlig #Gàidhlig #TIML2016
An dòchas gu bheil Là na #Gàidhlig a’ còrdadh riubh uile! @LaNaGaidhlig #TIML2016
Hope that everyone is enjoying Gaelic Twitter Day! @LaNaGaidhlig #Gàidhlig #TIML2016
Là Twitter na #Gàidhlig shona dhuibh!
Happy Gaelic Twitter Day to you all! @LaNaGaidhlig #Gàidhlig #TIML2016
For other suggestions, check out LearnGaelic.Scot 20 words and especially the one made up for last year’s Gaelic Twitter Day!
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Twice nominated, and 2014 runner up for a National Scottish Gaelic Award, Là na #Gàidhlig (Gaelic Twitter Day) returns on Thursday 21st April thanks to the generosity of an international public crowd who helped ensure that the third annual Gaelic Twitter Day was able to take place.
The first Gaelic Twitter Day took place in 2014 to see how easy it would be to get the #Gàidhlig hashtag to trend and in doing so raise further awareness of one of Scotland’s national languages – it was also the year that the First Minister of Scotland tweeted in Gaelic for the first time!
This year, Là na #Gàidhlig is seeking to become a digital festival of celebration for the Scottish language and culture across the globe and is seeking to expand into Facebook, Instagram and Digital Radio.
The important thing to remember this year is when posting on Facebook, sending an Instagram or Tweeting a message, to use both the #Gàidhlig and #TIML2016 hashtags. This helps us monitor the success of the day.
The organiser of Là na #Gàidhlig, Jamie Wallace (Seumaidh ®), is currently studying Digital Marketing and is a new Gaelic speaker and recent Gaelic graduate of Glasgow University who was also the Gaelic spokesperson for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. In February this year he successfully brought Startup Europe Week to Scotland’s largest city, ‘Baile mòr nan Gàidheal’. Then only last week in Galway, Ireland he was elected on to the Organising Committee of the Association of Celtic Students of Ireland and Britain to assist with Social Media and help bring their annual conference to Glasgow University in 2017.
Digital Crowdfunding Success
In March, a Crowdfunder was organised and as well as almost forty contributors from Europe, Canada and the USA raising just enough funds to pay for this year’s expenses it has also given the event new hope for the future as it is recognition that there is a desire from the public for modern community-oriented events like Là na #Gàidhlig. Not only that, but the crowdfunder has given the event:
Digital Radio Programme from Baltimore, MD, USA
Steaphanaidh Carlyle has been working with Seumaidh to put together an exclusive Là na #Gàidhlig show. The digital broadcast by Guth nan Gàidheal, a radio project by An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (ACGA) shall be released at midnight BST on 21st April and word has it there will be a mix of well-known and loved Gaelic celebrities contributing to the show.
This year, we’d like to try and trend with #Gàidhlig and #TIML2016 hashtags. We would also like to beat last year’s results and to aim for at least 1500 unique contributors, 5000 unique Tweets, a reach of at least 2.5M and at make least 10 million impressions. Tough targets, yes, but we’ll give it a shot and have fun trying!
We are looking forward to welcoming back some old friends and meeting new friends. The list is long, but it’s a pleasure to be able to say that the Scottish Parliament, Historic Scotland, Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Football Association are hoping to get involved again this year for the third year running.
Picture Competition on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
This year a lot of Là na #Gàidhlig branded merchandise (mugs, badges, T-shirts, bags), banners and flyers were produced and sent out. We’ll be awarding a prize for the best selfie (fèineag) that features our logo. The prize is an Official Là na #Gàidhlig Tote Bag, Official Là na #Gàidhlig Mug, Official Là na #Gàidhlig Badge, Official Là na #Gàidhlig Balloons, Là na #Gàidhlig Flyer and ‘Glaschu’ Laser-engraved Pen.
Free Gaelic 2016 Calendar Giveaway
To celebrate Là na #Gàidhlig we are giving away our downloadable pdf Gaelic calendar (RRP £3.50). To take advantage of this offer, visit tinyurl.com/miosachan and enter MIOSACHAN2016 at the checkout.
International Twitter Day for Smaller Languages
We shall also be using the #TIML2016 hashtag as part of an International Twitter Day for Smaller Languages called “This is My Language 2016”. This is a joint project between Social Media Alba ® in Scotland and Friesland language development agency Afûk in the Netherlands that falls within the TOSTA 2016 European project remit which aims to have many smaller European languages celebrating their language on the same day with the hope of trending and raising further awareness of the languages collectively.
Local entrepreneurs can get a slice of the action on Wednesday 3rd February 6.00-8.00pm through the ‘Glasgow’s Startup Ecosystem’ event at the Orkney Street Enterprise Cells in Govan.
The free networking event will see representatives from some of the city’s biggest start up support agencies gather together to present how they can help local entrepreneurs make their business a success. Budding entrepreneurs will then be able to enter a pitching competition to present their business ideas to these key influencers, with the winner snapping up 2 months free office space. Birdie Marketing, a local boutique marketing agency, will also be on hand on the night with their pop-up marketing help desk, offering free marketing advice to help Glasgow’s start-up businesses take flight.
Jamie Wallace, director of Gaelic social media initiative ‘Social Media Alba’, who is co-organising Startup Europe Week says:
When I saw that only Edinburgh was indicated on the SEW map, I knew then that I had to do something to change that so I jumped on-board to ensure Scotland’s largest city was involved. It’s an amazing achievement which has put me in touch with many of Glasgow and Europe’s leaders and influencers.
Glasgow University will also be supporting the Startup Europe Week by hosting two additional events which invite local entrepreneurs to come along on Thursday 4th February for a live chat with a European Commission representative to explore the opportunities’ available over the channel. This will be followed by the ‘Innovators 60 minute challenge’ event which welcomes the business minds of tomorrow to work together to create a strategy to promote #StartupGlasgow – an initiative from Jamie at Social Media Alba to encourage the development and growth of Glasgow’s Startup ecosystem:
“As we look to the world for trade, we must also be mindful of the talent and resources we have on our doorstep and use them to our best advantage with a ‘Can Do’ attitude. With that in mind, and to build on this year’s Startup Europe Week event, I am hoping, with enough buy-in from the city, that we can replicate the success of #GaelicTwitterDay (Là na #Gàidhlig) with an annual #StartupGlasgow Day on Social Media to help reach out to Glasgow’s entrepreneurs and allow us to continue to develop Glasgow’s Startup ecosystem.”
Glasgow’s Startup Europe Week events are being kindly supported by Jobs & Business Glasgow, YEZ, Wheatley Group, University of Glasgow & Birdie Marketing. All events are free – for more information or tickets visit startupeuropeweek.eu.
Over the next few days, we’ll be posting more exciting news of our latest developments. Until then, save Thursday, 21.04.2016 in your diary and start thinking how you can play a part this year.
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