When it comes to our customers, there’s a lot to love. We love their feedback, their language-learning stories, and we love their pop culture recommendations. Language lovers tend to fall for the same media over and over again – if it’s packed with rich culture, evocative history, and just a touch of foreign language, we’re hooked. So when a customer calls and tells us her patrons are logging onto Mango®’s Scottish Gaelic course in droves, we know that something great must be in the works.
Some of you may call us late to the party, but the rest of you will call us tomorrow to swap Twitter handles for the big premiere. Language lovers, Scotland enthusiasts, temporarily-displaced Game of Thrones die-hards: Outlander is the next big thing. And for those of you who have already read the entire book series, no spoilers. We’ll be spending the next few weeks trying to catch up on all eight books before the show’s premiere on August 9th, so if you need us, send a carrier pigeon or something. We’re trying to keep things historically accurate while we binge-read our way through the series.
Here’s the basic rundown. Outlander is a fantastical journey through the highlands of Scotland, circa 1743. It’s time travel, romance, adventure, and history all rolled into one epic story – and the first full episode will be available for free on Starz.com starting August 2nd. The book series is already an international best-seller with some 25 million fans worldwide, and those loyal readers know that if you aren’t saying Je Suis Prest on the regular, you’re not doing it right. That’s where we come in.
Mango’s Scottish Gaelic course will walk you through the everyday conversations and phrases that you’re likely to read and hear throughout the Outlander series. Instead of just chalking up the Gaelic phrases to charming authenticity, learn their meaning and immerse yourself in Scotland’s rich culture and history. You can be that guy at the viewing party pointing out historical inaccuracies and providing context to dated phrases and language nuances. Even BuzzFeed is getting in on the Gaelic learning game (check out #8!). Linguistics make everything more fun.
So mark your calendars: we’re busy on August 2nd, and you should be, too. Until the big day, devote your summer reading list to catching up on Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, join the Outlander fandom on their community page, and use Mango to practice your Scottish Gaelic at the beach, on your commute, or wherever your summer adventures take you. Let’s hope it’s to the highlands of Scotland, where you’ll encounter a time-traveling nurse named Claire. We hear she’s your girl if you’re trapped in another century with a really bad cold. Slàinte mhath!