I was rather embarrassed interviewing Michael Klavenhaus, the chap in the front of this picture. I speak about six words of Gaelic. He is fluent and teaches the language to 60 students a year in his native Bonn. Michael has also just published the first German-Gaelic textbook and runs the world's only film festival dedicated to Scottish Gaelic movies
Michael, who has a masters from Sabhal Mor Ostaig, is one of many nationalities including Japanese, Americans, Canadians, New Zealanders, Austrians and Swiss who attended the Ceolas summer school last week. But why are they so keen when many urban Scots are disdainful? Is it the dreaded cringe again? Read more about foreigners embracing Gaelic in my feature A Sort of Homecoming in The Scotsman.