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Gaelic language skills: 9-way classification

  • Mnemonic reference


  • Applicability


  • Type

    Derived variable


A person aged three and over is classified with skills in Gaelic if they can do one or more of the following:

  • Understand spoken Gaelic
  • Speak Gaelic
  • Read Gaelic, or
  • Write Gaelic


Total number of categories 10

Code Name
0 Understands spoken Gaelic only
1 Speaks, reads and writes Gaelic
2 Speaks but does not read or write Gaelic
3 Speaks and reads but does not write Gaelic
4 Reads but does not speak or write Gaelic
5 Writes but does not speak or read Gaelic
6 Reads and writes but does not speak Gaelic
7 Other combination of skills in Gaelic
8 No skills in Gaelic
X No code required - comprises schoolchildren and full-time students living away from home during term time.

Source question or variables

LANGSKILLS (Primary variable)