Name: Daniel MacDonald
Where are you from?
I was born and brought up in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, but I live in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia now and I plan to stay here for the foreseeable future..
Why did you come to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig?
I came to Sabhal Mòr on exchange from Cape Breton University. I am doing a degree in Celtic studies there and I had the opportunity to study abroad for a year. I wanted to do Gaelic so I could live amongst the Gaels in Cape Breton, and so I took every chance to learn the language. It was for that reason that I went to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig - to be able to speak Gaelic.
What was it like to be living on the Isle of Skye?
It was really good to be living and learning on the Isle of Skye. Even though it felt a little remote at times, there was always a lot happening at the College and amongst the students so I didn’t get bored at all. I must say that I wasn’t so used to the rain, especially in the Winter- I thought there would be a lot less! But all in all, I really enjoyed living in Sleat. I will miss it.
What course did you study?
An Cùrsa Comais.
Why did you choose to do this course?
This was the best course for me to learn Gaelic as I only had one year to study it.
What was the best thing about the course or about Sabhal Mòr Ostaig?
The best thing about the course was the work experience placement. I had the opportunity to speak Gaelic every day and night in another Gaelic speaking community for 3 weeks. It was good for me to be living with older people who had Gaelic as their first language, and who were happy to speak to me in Gaelic all the time. My Gaelic improved vastly as a result of the placement. I also enjoyed the class called Cànan ’s a’ Choimhearsnachd (Language in the Community) , which gave me the opportunity to get to know the people and culture of the area in which I was living. I really enjoyed that.
What hobbies did you have while you were at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig?
I liked the ceilidh dances and concerts which take place at the college. As well as that, I went on a lot of excursions with the climbing club and my other friends. How could you not want to be outside in a place as beautiful as Sleat?
What are you doing now?
I was working at the Highland Village Museum in Sandray, Cape Breton for the Summer and I now hope to find more work connected to Gaelic.