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by akerbeltz
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Omission of the definite article before a role or title
Replies: 10
Views: 249

Omission of the definite article before a role or title

Rats. Something about my version of "milkman" was niggling and I thought I'd snuck a swift edit in before anybody noticed. But you were too quick for me! Je suis désolée :priob: I take your point about English optionally declining the option of preceding a genitive chain (I'm carefully av...
by akerbeltz
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Omission of the definite article before a role or title
Replies: 10
Views: 249

Omission of the definite article before a role or title

Firstly. The disappearance of the definite article in these compound nouns has a big effect on the "tone" of a Gàidhlig sentence and marks it as something significantly different from the equivalent English. Does anyone know why this structure arises? Or do we just say "this is the w...
by akerbeltz
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Omission of the definite article before a role or title
Replies: 10
Views: 249

Omission of the definite article before a role or title

The reason for omission most likely is tr*nsl*t**n from English I'd say. Cause if anything, Gaelic is much more diligent in using the definite article than English is these days. I'd certainly expect a' chomhairle ionadail It's a never ending annoyance in software tr*nsl*t**n in particular where Eng...
by akerbeltz
Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Learning vocab, system? Is there one?
Replies: 18
Views: 2514

Learning vocab, system? Is there one?

but I don't see the nominitive singular. Hm maybe that's because the nominative singular is the citation form i.e. the entry you see IS the nominative singular... As for Faclair I see the terms 'fir', 'gin' and 'iol' listed for each noun - what are these? Hm have you clicked on the Help symbol? The...
by akerbeltz
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Dà-chànanach / Bilingual
Topic: Facal-toisich anns a Gàidhlig/Introduction in Gaelic
Replies: 14
Views: 511

Facal-toisich anns a Gàidhlig/Introduction in Gaelic

1) I'm wondering, when I describe myself with 'I'm a musician and polyglot' Is mise is mainly for giving your name at your stage. There are other uses for this construction but leave those for now. For giving an occupation, tha mi nam thidsear or 's e tidsear a th' annam are what you want. There is...
by akerbeltz
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Dà-chànanach / Bilingual
Topic: Facal-toisich anns a Gàidhlig/Introduction in Gaelic
Replies: 14
Views: 511

Facal-toisich anns a Gàidhlig/Introduction in Gaelic

I was thinking that 'a-nis' is more like 'now' in general, whereas 'an-drasta' is something you're doing right now in this very moment. No. Is that not the case? Your definition makes sense, though I'm still unsure which one to use for 'I live in...' when I've been here about 2 years. Well normally...
by akerbeltz
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Dà-chànanach / Bilingual
Topic: Facal-toisich anns a Gàidhlig/Introduction in Gaelic
Replies: 14
Views: 511

Facal-toisich anns a Gàidhlig/Introduction in Gaelic

1) Is 'mac-màthar' correct for 'everyone'/'everybody', when saying 'hello everyone' etc, or is there a better word for this? Use a h-uile duine instead of mac-màthar for now. You can only use a h-uile mac-màthar when talking about people in the 3rd person. 2) Which of these the best word for 'music...
by akerbeltz
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: All the main verb tenses in Gàidhlig, no more mystery!
Replies: 39
Views: 856

All the main verb tenses in Gàidhlig, no more mystery!

I only ask because I want to be fluent in Gaelic.


Then above all else, work on pronunciation first, then basic grammar & vocab, then idiom, then bigger vocab, perfect grammar last.
by akerbeltz
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: All the main verb tenses in Gàidhlig, no more mystery!
Replies: 39
Views: 856

All the main verb tenses in Gàidhlig, no more mystery!

for any regular verb you simply need to memorise the imperative/citation form and the verbal noun, then you can get every other tense from these forms Correct. The one caveat are words which end in l/r/ng which can exhibit syncope (shortening of the word, see this page Ok so are there spelling mist...
by akerbeltz
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: All the main verb tenses in Gàidhlig, no more mystery!
Replies: 39
Views: 856

All the main verb tenses in Gàidhlig, no more mystery!

Ok, is everything correct there? No sign of the perfect tenses by the looks of it.


There's really, as I've said before, only one past tense that needs to be "learned", once you've covered that, you can easily derive the other forms of past tense without having to resort to a table.
by akerbeltz
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: All the main verb tenses in Gàidhlig, no more mystery!
Replies: 39
Views: 856

All the main verb tenses in Gàidhlig, no more mystery!

It's called a matrix and in the spirit of learning, I think you should spend some time putting the column/row headings into http://www.faclair.com and see if it makes more sense. They are *very* clear, you just need to wean yourself off the Beurla.
by akerbeltz
Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: All the main verb tenses in Gàidhlig, no more mystery!
Replies: 39
Views: 856

All the main verb tenses in Gàidhlig, no more mystery!

it will pronounce them 100% accurately, even for Gaelic? 100% no, maybe somewhere in the 90s. The downside is that it has no audio with it - some versions apparently used to come with a cassette tape, alas my version does not. So I emailed the publisher to ask if the audio is archived anywhere onli...
by akerbeltz
Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Gaelic Poetry
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Gaelic Poetry

Hi loulou Great that you're learning Gaelic but I would really suggest you park poetry until you're fluent. Poetry is very complex language and writing it at your stage is perhaps not such a good idea. You would essentially be relying on other people to tr*nsl*t* for you or run the rusk of producing...
by akerbeltz
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: All the main verb tenses in Gàidhlig, no more mystery!
Replies: 39
Views: 856

All the main verb tenses in Gàidhlig, no more mystery!

and Hugo's 'Scottish Gaelic in 3 Months' that I'll get soon too. While the 3 months is an untenable promise (name of the series, not the author's idea), I'd get that sooner rather than later. It is very good on grammar. I've briefly looked into the conditional tense Allow me to nitpick - the condit...

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