Gaelic Word of the Week blog – opinion – beachd


Each week we publish the text of our Gaelic Word of the Week podcast here with added facts, figures and photos for Gaelic learners who want to learn a little about the language and about the Scottish Parliament – Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. This week our word is beachd – opinion.

The Scottish Parliament – Pàrlamaid – is all about opinions. We spend a lot of time considering, discussing, and developing all the points of view to land on something we believe may be the best for Scotland – Alba.

At the moment, the new committees of the Scottish Parliament – Pàrlamaid na h-Alba – are seeking your opinions about what the priorities should be for the next five years.

The Gaelic for opinion is beachd or barail.

This is a very useful word to learn in Gaelic as it appears in many phrases. For example, to ask “what do you think”, you’d say “dè do bheachd?” – what’s your opinion?

And the word beachd is the basis for the word beachdachadh – to discuss – a key activity of the Scottish Parliament – Pàrlamaid na h-Alba!

To say someone is opinionated, you would say that they are fada nam beachd – literally that they are “long in their opinion”.

The Gaelic word in dictionaries for idea is beachd-smaoin – literally opinion-thought, though in practice idea is often simply used instead, this being a loan word from Greek via English.

So, we mentioned that our committees are looking for your beachdan – opinions on what their priorities should be for 2021 – 2026 (what we call “Session 6”). But what does that mean, exactly?

Basically, we need you to tell us your beachdan on what Scotland, and its laws, should concentrate on. The things that could be better and the things that we maybe haven’t considered before. Every beachd-smaoin – idea – is welcome!

You can tell us what your prìomhachasan – priorities are by following this link engage.parliament.scot/group/10027. Let us know your beachd – opinion – and you can also vote to show that you agree or disasgree with other people’s beachdan – opinions.

The word prìomh which you can see in prìomhachas is also a good word to learn as it means first, main or lead. You might recognise it from the Gaelic for First Minister – Prìomh Mhinistear or from Prime Minister – Prìomhaire.

This week’s Gaelic word of the week was read by Alasdair MacCaluim, Gaelic Development Officer, who would love to see some beachdan submitted in Gàidhlig!

Alasdair MacCaluim

Gaelic Development Officer