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Outlander Episode 103 – The Way Out – The Gàidhlig Bits I Could Decipher

Before I start into the Gàidhlig translations—of which there weren’t that many this week—let me take a moment to commemorate this post as my 100th since I began this blog in February. When I first started GreatScot, I really wasn’t sure if anyone else was going to be as interested in the Gàidhlig language and culture as I was. I’m happy to say that as of tonight, the blog has topped over 54,000 page views, and 24,oo0 of those have been since mid-July. So I guess I’m not the only person interested. Thanks for following along with me!

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18:07  Letitia to Hamish

I think she says something with ‘seinn’ and  ‘tu air’ in it. Seinn is sing. (Thanks to Lori for helping with this one)

18:10 Colum to Hamish

I think Colum says something with ‘gu bràth’ meaning forever.

Geillis’ House

42:47 Jamie to Geillis

Mòran taing dhut – Thank you

At the pillory

43:56 Jamie to the tanner’s lad

a bhalach – lad    (Pronunciation link. It won’t sound exactly the same as in this context it begins with ‘bh’ which is pronounced as a ‘v’ sound)

At the Stable

51:20 Jamie to Claire

cailleach mìorbhailt = miracle woman

 I promise to keep working on teasing out some more of the Gàidhlig this week or at least throwing myself on Àdhamh’s mercy for help. :-)

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Updated 8/18/14 Outlander Episode 102: Castle Leoch – The Gàidhlig Bits I Could Decipher

OK. This episode was a bit harder to decipher (and I had company, so I couldn’t run it back and listen again as much yet). With only the Punishment Scene clip to do some prep work on, this first post is going to be a bit light until I watch again a few times, but here is what I have so far.

As always, these are my best guesses unless tagged confirmed by Àdhamh.

By the way, did anyone else hear the lovely strains of Loch Lomond in the score while Dougal is play sword fighting with Hamish? I love what Bear McCreary is doing!

 

Arrival at Leoch

4:06  Mrs. Fitz to the returning Highlanders

Sin sibh – There you all are! (Confirmed by Àdhamh)

Bandaging Scene

14:46 Jamie to Claire during the bandaging scene

a gràidh  – love  (I’m sure it’s just a general endearment, right? ;-) ) (Àdhamh doesn’t remember for sure but thinks it likely)

 

It’s not Gàidhlig but I love the way Gary Lewis says Rhenish at dinner! Makes me want a bottle.

Kitchens

31:27  Mrs. Fitz muttering to herself

Mo chreach ‘s a thàinig – oh my ruin, a colloquialism for ‘aw naw’ (Àdhamh confirmed)

Stables

33:07 Not getting much of this scene at all, but I think Jamie says:

Gabh air do shochair – Take it easy! (Thanks to @SeonagAnna on Twitter)

a gràidh – love (but to the horse or to Claire? Who knows?) (Àdhamh says Sam likes to use this word. His favorite, remember. 😉)

33:18 Auld Alec to Jamie

a leisgean òglaich – lazy young man (Thanks to Drldeboer)

37:25 Jamie to Old Alec

a bhodach – old man

Punishment Scene

45:54 Jamie to stop Leoghaire’s punishment

Stadadh  a-nis – Stop now.

46:35 Jamie when he makes everyone laugh

Didn’t catch all of the Gàidhlig words but it included:

Agus geall crìochnaich air an fheasgar bhriagh seo  – And I’ll promise you a far better end to this lovely evening (Confirmed by Àdhamh)

 46:48 Colum to Jamie when deciding to allow the switch in punishment victims

Seumas Ruadh – Red Jamie (Confirmed)

46:58 Jamie to Colum when choosing fists over the strap (All confirmed by Àdhamh)

Ràibeart – Rupert

Dùirn – fists

Strac – strap

OK. That’s what I have after the first couple of viewings. If I pick out anything more, I’ll be sure to let you know!

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Outlander Episode 101 – More Gàidhlig bits

If you missed my first post last week covering episode 101: Sassenach, you can find it here. However, after—uh hem—several more viewings, I have managed to pick out just a few more tidbits of Gàidhlig from the inaugural episode of Outlander.

7:55 The phrase that Mrs. Baird says about Saint Odhran

 

Several people have asked me what that first bit of Gàidhlig we hear is right after Claire hears the gunshot. It appears to be something that Angus yells at the Redcoats right before firing at them. I’m happy to say that it has finally been identified! As might be expected, it’s not very complimentary of the soldiers. ;-)

41:00 Angus fires gun and yells at the Redcoats

“A bhalgair” /ə VALAgir/ (ya bastard!) (filthy cur, really)

Thanks to @VenusOctober for asking Àdhamh about this one when Murtagh brings Claire into the cottage (44:35):

 

52:31 Jamie to Dougal about the ambush

I can’t catch the exact words but there is something about lass and redcoats. :-)

53:19 Someone sees the Redcoats and yells

Shaighdearan – soldiers ( I think this is correct but not confirmed.)

54:30 Jamie to the horse

Stad! – stay! (Be sure to admire Sam’s nice plaid twirl)

56:16 Jamie to Claire to drink the whisky

deoch – drink

OK. That’s all I have to add at this point. If I decipher anything else, I’ll be sure to update.

Thanks to the free preview for episode 101, I was able to live tweet a bit of the Gàidhlig during the premiere Saturday night. Unfortunately though, I won’t have that advantage going forward, so you will have to come to the blog to find out about the Gàidhlig.

Credit to @Heughligans for the picture

Outlandish Reflections on a Plaid Carpet Premiere

What a weekend…

Well, it’s been a few days and I’m still not down from the high of all that I experienced at the Outlander Premiere on Friday night. It’s almost hard to know where to begin, but I have heard that the beginning is a very good place to start!

First of all, for those who are a bit wary, this is not going to be a recap of the actual first episode, so those who are determined to be unspoiled on August 9th need not worry! There are some excellent episode recaps out already that have that covered. What I am going to do is give you a window into my experience. Hopefully, this will allow everyone who wasn’t able to attend to feel at least a part of the excitement.

Tell me if you’ve heard the one about 6 women trying to get ready in a single hotel room…

That’s right, you heard me. Before we could go anywhere, it was necessary for 6 of us to get dressed, hair styled and made up. Not that easy as you might imagine. Especially as all of us had brought more than one outfit and it was necessary for each of us to try everything we brought on and get the consensus of the group on THE outfit that should be worn. Through that process, we took the time to order in a lunch as we feared—and were correct—that this might be the last meal of the evening.

Appetites dealt with, it was time to begin the shuffling required to get everyone shower, mirror and straightening iron time. Luckily, we had our own personal stylist on hand. It’s always nice to be friends with someone with red carpet experience. And while there may be no ‘Words heard on set’ tweets from Maril due to the filming hiatus for the premiere, I can report that the following words were heard in our hotel room:

Suck in…Lift your boobs….do you mind if I stick my hand here and adjust this…

And the best of all…

I usually get dinner first before I let someone do this.

But, right on time, we were tweaked, looking perfect, and all ready to go! We requested our UberXL vehicle and headed out for our special night.

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Pinch me…

I think all of us were still pinching ourselves that we were really going to the Outlander Premier as invited guests and we really had no idea what to expect.  Soon enough, however, we pulled up to the Spreckels Theater to join a line of others waiting for the Will Call lines to open. Coincidentally, a band of kilted men came by to help us pass the time. I mean, really, what could be more fun and appropriate! I couldn’t resist having my picture taken with them and was given an Outlander bandana of my very own.

I won’t show a picture, but I was amazed to find that even two of Diana Gabaldon’s children were waiting in line behind us. I figure they are in store for a pretty interesting evening since I’ve heard Diana say that they have never read her books as, in the words of one daughter, “I don’t want to read sex scenes written by my mother.” However,  it doesn’t surprise me at all that Twitter0c2dc2ethey didn’t expect any special treatment.

Pretty soon it was 6:30 and the Will Call line began moving quickly. I made very sure that I stuck close to the lucky girl who actually won the tickets as I knew my +1 status was dependent on her!

Once we had our tickets in hand, we walked behind the Step and Repeat Backdrop and Plaid Carpet the stars would soon walk and entered the atrium of the theater. It was a wonderland of trees, stones and kilted men. I truly felt I was walking through the trees at Craigh na Dun. Once in the theater lobby, we were able to peruse a selection of blue vases—a la Claire’s shopping in Inverness.

I can’t begin to list everyone I met from the Outlander Twitter and Facebook worlds. As with all Outlander-related events, meeting people in person that you normally only tweet and Facebook message with is one of the best parts of the evening.  I quickly ducked into the actual theater for a moment to see where my seat was. Turns out it was in the Orchestra level in Row S. This was one of the last rows in that level of the theater, but the venue was so small and intimate, I was sure I would have no problems seeing anything on stage.

Keeping my eyes wide open…

I then went back out to the atrium to people watch as others arrived.  I had the immense privilege of speaking with several key executives including Chris Parnell (Sony) and Karen Bailey (Starz). However, the highlight by far was the chance to speak with Bear McCreary. He graciously stopped and spoke with me for three or four minutes. I wish I could remember in more detail what he said—or what I said for that matter. I do remember telling him how much I admired his use of instrumentation in his work and he said how amazed he was at all of the support from Outlanders so far. I’m also crushed that I didn’t remember to have someone take my picture with him but I did get some video of him with Kathy. I also spotted Zac McGowan, Luke Arnold and Jessica Parker Kennedy from Starz’s Black Sails walking through as well. Last but not least, I also had the opportunity to speak briefly with Jolie Lash of Access Hollywood. She is the one who has put together some of the funniest cast interview filmed during her set visit to Scotland back in February, including the “Sexiest Gaelic Words” and “What is it about a man in a kilt” videos.

At this point, the greeters started clearing the lobby for the big arrivals. One of these days I’m going to learn that sometimes it doesn’t pay to always follow instructions, but alas this wasn’t the day, so I took my seat.  Others who didn’t follow directions got some great pictures. As I stated earlier, there are no bad seats in this theater.

It really starts to get real or should that be reel…

I had just settled in my seat when I noticed a bit of a buzz. Ushers were escorting the cast to seats among the crowd in the Orchestra level. I would never have expected that to happen. I managed to get some video of them but I apologize for the quality and the sound as I was just a bit excited.

First up was Lotte Verbeek (Geilis Duncan).

Next, crowd favorite Graham McTavish (Dougal MacKenzie)

And entering to a great ovation, author Diana Gabaldon along with Co-executive Producer Maril Davis.

Also to the delight of the crowd, Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) and Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall) were next. After Sam was seated, I realized I had a perfect view of his face in profile from less than 20 feet away. Never in my wildest imaginings did I think I would be able to see Sam out of the corner of my eye while watching Outlander. I could actually see during the screening which scenes he paid close attention to and which were the ones where he grabbed his water bottle.

And last, but most definitely not least, one of my personal favorites, Tobias Menzies (Frank/Black Jack Randall).

Once everyone was seated, the house lights dimmed and out stepped Bear McCreary to give a live performance prior to the screening. He began with a couple of traditional Scottish folk songs: The haunting ballad Loch Lomond and then a fiddle tunes “Clean Pease Strae” and “Comin’ Through the Rye.” Next, was the very first live performance of the theme for Jamie and Claire that Bear wrote especially for the show. It was so haunting and evocative, I swear I could feel the wind from the moor and smell the heather. Lastly, Bear’s wife Raya Yarbrough took the stage to perform the song from the Outlander opening title sequence—a modified version of The Skye Boat Song. It literally gave me chills. I took a few short video clips but you will have to excuse my inability to keep quiet.

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“Clean Pease Strae” and “Comin’ Through the Rye”

Jamie and Claire’s Theme

I am also posting a video that someone else took of the entire performance and posted on YouTube. The video quality isn’t wonderful but the sound is pretty good.

Everything I thought it could be and so much more…

Once the live performance was over,  the curtain lifted and the credits started to roll. You could hear cheers and smatters of applause as names we know and already love flashed on the screen. Costume Designer Terry Dresbach received applause and cheers but the largest ovation by far was when Diana’s name was displayed. Thankfully for those not able to attend, Starz has released the opening title sequence on YouTube. Prepare to be amazed by the haunting vignettes and music. I will warn you that it is very addictive though. I’ve been finding myself singing the song for two days now.

I promised no spoilers for the episode content and I will hold by that. If you are interested in reading more about the actual episode, I highly recommend you read Candida’s A True Fan’s Review of Outlander Episode #101: Sassenach. She does a brilliant job and I understand the review has already been read and appreciated by those at the highest levels. As for my own reaction, I honestly can’t think of anything I would have changed. There were favorite lines, surprises, passion, action and humor. All of the things long time fans have appreciated about Outlander since 1991. Perhaps the best summary of my feelings is this tweet I sent to Maril Davis (@TallShipProds).

But wait, there’s more…

Not only did we get to be among the first to see a screening of the premier episode of Outlander, but there was also a moderated panel discussion afterwards. Even though jet lagged and tired from a day full of press interviews and a ComicCon panel discussion, the discussion among the participants was enjoyable and insightful. There were some great moments, especially when cheers went up for Gàidhlig tutor Àdhamh Ò Broin. Also, I think Ron Moore gave the best summary of Outlander Season 1 ever. I predict that the phrase “and that doesn’t go so well” will become a new catch phrase among Outlanders everywhere.

Here is a video released by Starz of the entire Q&A panel discussion.

The Clock Strikes Midnight

All too soon, the Q&A session was over and I knew my magical evening was drawing to a close. After lingering a bit in the lobby, trying to make the evening last as long as possible and speaking to friends, we finally exited the theater to the sidewalk outside. There we were privileged to have the opportunity to speak for quite a while with Karen Bailey, Sr. Vice President for Original Programming with Starz, and her husband, Palmer. It was great to hear some interesting tidbits about things that may be coming up for Starz and its productions.

Waving goodbye to Karen who was off to another event, I and the rest of my party adjourned to the nearby Westin hotel for a drink, some nibbles and the chance to discuss the night’s events. I sent a few congratulatory tweets to those I knew had made such wonderful contributions to the production including Terry Dresbach and Àdhamh Ó Broin.

Finally, even drinks and food couldn’t prolong the evening any longer. We hopped in our UberXL and made the journey back to Kearny Mesa, a tired but thoroughly pleased party. Sadly our group of six wonderful ladies had to split up and go our separate ways, but we have wonderful memories we will share forever. Thank you so much to Marisa, Candida, Darcy, Jen, and Kathy for sharing this fantastical evening.

Watch out world. Outlander is coming!

Credits to @Heughligans (Plaid Carpet picture) and @Candida_LN (Forest Lobby picture)

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How to Speak Outlander Lesson 12: Tha Gaol Agam Ort, Cape Breton and the Giveaway

With anticipation of the Outlander premier episode on August 9th reaching fever pitch, I have only just now realized that the series beginning will also mark the end of some of our beloved pre-show traditions. Starz has called this to our attention with the release of the final ‘How to Speak Outlander’ video. However, if this series of videos featuring Àdhamh, Sam and others has to end, what a way to go out! I predict the ringtones and notifications of Outlanders worldwide are changing right now.

How to Speak Outlander Lesson 12: Tha Gaol Agam Ort

Wow! As final episodes go, this one is a keeper. Who among us hasn’t wanted to hear ‘my love is upon you’ from Jamie Fraser?  I think Sam must have a secret though, there’s a definite gleam in his eye at the end of this video. I wonder how long he’ll keep it? Until August 9th maybe?

Meanwhile in Cape Breton…

I have been having tons of fun in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. So far I have attended a Celtic square dance and made a visit to the Highland Village museum at Iona.  I promise that I am working on a blog post that will even have videos, but I have to find some better Internet connectivity before I can upload them! In the meantime, here are some quick pictures to tide you over.

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