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Adhamh O Broin Dialect Coach Brings Gaelic Authenticity to "Outlander"

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NWP welcomes Adhamh OBroin, dialect coach for STARZ-TV hit show 'OUTLANDER" http://adhamhobroin.scot

The producers of "Outlander" are all about making the show as authentic as it can be.

That starts with shooting in the foggy hills of the Scottish Highlands — including turning real-life ruin Castle Doune into fictional Castle Leoch, home of the MacKenzie clan, whose exploits are recounted in Diana Gabaldon’s best sellers — garbing the men in real kilts, which are composed of some 10 yards of tartan and then folded by hand; and having the Scots speak Gaelic, the language of the time. That’s why resident hunk Jamie Fraser often affectionately refers to Claire Randall as “Sassenach,” which means “outlander” in Gaelic, a derisive term that Jamie turns into a pet name.

Since Gaelic is nearly a dead language, sprinkling it liberally through the scenes took some doing. For starters, the show hired Àdhamh Ó Broin to serve as the show’s Gaelic dialect coach.

The series was lucky to find Ó Broin. The married father of four has dedicated much of his life to the study and preservation of the language and its multiple dialects, and he brought that expertise to bear on “Outlander.”

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