Adrian Cain, the Manx language development officer for the Manx Heritage Foundation, is working on a number of projects that are aimed to ensure that language plays a central part in next year’s Island of Culture celebrations.
The first is the 1,000 words in Manx in a year challenge in which volunteers will aim to learn a few words each day and 1,000 by the end of the year.
The words with accompanying sound files will be posted at www.learnmanx.com and people who sign up for the challenge will received an e-mail five days a week with a link to the words together with occasional words of encouragement
Adrian will come into offices for some revision advice if there are groups of people learning together.
The challenge won’t be a simply memory test but will enable participants to understand the structure of the language.
The second project is a Manx Gaelic video a day. Each of the 365 videos will be posted on the Manx Gaelic youtube site at www.youtube.com/gaelg.
The final project which is suitable for beginners is a new podcast series which is available at: http://greinneyder.podomatic.com/
Two new lessons will be released every week.
Adrian said: ‘These three projects will provide beginners, skilled Manx speakers and those that have fallen by the wayside over the years with a fun and exciting way to engage with the language in 2014.’
To find out more about these projects and to sign up for the 1,000 words challenge contact Adrian at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 451098
The Manx Heritage Foundation, which has been one of the key funders for the Island of Culture celebrations for 2014, will be changing its name to Culture Vannin to coincide with these celebrations.