BRIAN Stowell has been involved with Manx Gaelic for more than 50 years and has played a key role in the revival of the language.
While he was still at school, Brian visited the likes of Ned Maddrell and John Kneen (Yn Gaaue) and quickly became a fluent speaker.
He is, therefore, ideally placed to talk about, not only the revival of interest in the language, but also the history of Manx Gaelic.
In this new bi-lingual video series, Brian and I will be charting some of the important developments in the history of Manx Gaelic/y Ghaelg.
The opening episode asks the question: What is a Celtic language?
There are six Celtic languages - but what are they, where are they spoken and what are their similarities?
Watch the video to listen to Brian and I talk through the subject, firstly in English and then in Manx.
Over the next seven weeks, we will be covering the following topics:
Where did Manx come from?
Place names in the Isle of Man
The Bible in Manx Gaelic
Language shift from Manx to English: why?
Native speakers of Manx Gaelic
The revival of Manx Gaelic
The importance of Manx today
This series is produced by Isle of Man Newspapers and Manx Heritage Foundation.
Camera operators: Gary Myers and Stephen Parry
Boom operator: James O'Meara
Title music: Scaanjoon, Skeletons