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by Níall Beag
Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Help with a Sentence for a Poem I'm Writing
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Re: Help with a Sentence for a Poem I'm Writing

gun + verbal noun is more or less the negative of air + verbal noun

Tha mi air fhaicinn -- I have seen him/it
Tha mi gun fhaicinn -- I haven't seen him/it

You could maybe go with "gun leirsinn" -- "leirsinn" is usually glossed as "vision".
by Níall Beag
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: An Tuiseal Ginideach---feminine genitive forms being lost?
Replies: 9
Views: 455

Re: An Tuiseal Ginideach---feminine genitive forms being lost?

I find this is a missed opportunity for language acquisition, albeit a small one, and it grates on me. Blasad bìdh, and grèim bìdh, both involve genitives, proper Gaelic plurals, and extend vocabulary beyond the immediate situation. Snack is a dead end word that doesn't enhance language acquisition...
by Níall Beag
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:49 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: An Tuiseal Ginideach---feminine genitive forms being lost?
Replies: 9
Views: 455

Re: An Tuiseal Ginideach---feminine genitive forms being lost?

I wonder if the new generations of FtMG students and SMO graduates might act to slow or reverse some of the erosion of the language which seems to have occurred when there was little or no formal education in the language, That would presuppose that GME teachers have good Gaelic themselves, and thi...
by Níall Beag
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Cuir nan aithne / Introductions
Topic: Halò, is mise Seanadh.
Replies: 4
Views: 235

Re: Halò, is mise Seanadh.

Croeso/Fàilte!
by Níall Beag
Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: An Tuiseal Ginideach---feminine genitive forms being lost?
Replies: 9
Views: 455

Re: An Tuiseal Ginideach---feminine genitive forms being lost?

But generally, are the "+e" endings on feminine genitives being lost? Would it be good practice to try to retain these? Two principles that I apply when choosing between two forms in a language I'm learning seem relevant here: 1) As a learner, it is not my place to be an agent of change. As such, I...
by Níall Beag
Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Cuir nan aithne / Introductions
Topic: Halò. Is mise Lemonie.
Replies: 3
Views: 974

Re: Halò. Is mise Lemonie.

Fàilte!
Faoileag has already pointed you to the right places, so I'll just wish you luck for now! ;-)
by Níall Beag
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Regional Gaelic
Replies: 1
Views: 602

Re: Regional Gaelic

The differences are pretty minor, all in. Some modifications of accent, the odd word here and there, and some differences in turn of phrase. But whatever you learn and wherever you end up, you're going to have to adapt. Nothing too serious, though, and the underlying heart of the language is almost ...
by Níall Beag
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Pronunciation of agus
Replies: 4
Views: 1097

Re: Pronunciation of agus

It's a regional accent thing.

The word often gets abbreviated, so you might here "agus", "eye-us", "us" or just "s" depending on who's speaking and how quickly.
by Níall Beag
Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Muriel Fisher of Tucson, AZ, USA Gaelic course
Replies: 1
Views: 766

Re: Muriel Fisher of Tucson, AZ, USA Gaelic course

I am also in the process of creating Quizlet files for each of her sections. So far I have the first 14 of 21 done. Feel free to help yourself! Did you check with Muriel before doing this? Remember, she makes her money by selling these things, and sharing her work for free interferes with her abili...
by Níall Beag
Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Scottish Gaelic now available on DuoLingo
Replies: 10
Views: 1910

Re: Scottish Gaelic now available on DuoLingo

Oops... forgot to say... The one piece of research I'm aware of by an actual linguist with some kind of reliable supervision was a master's dissertation that found university more effective than Duolingo . While I wouldn't say it was the best dissertation ever, it is still useful as an insight into ...
by Níall Beag
Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Scottish Gaelic now available on DuoLingo
Replies: 10
Views: 1910

Re: Scottish Gaelic now available on DuoLingo

I haven't seen a single report or academic paper discussing any significant change in the sales of Irish learning materials or the sign-ups to Irish courses. To me, that kind of says it's pretty much inconsequential. That's not an unreasonable point, but I wouldn't totally write it off on those gro...
by Níall Beag
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Dà-chànanach / Bilingual
Topic: tr*nsl*t**n of Aigha bàs
Replies: 5
Views: 1538

Re: tr*nsl*t**n of Aigha bàs

... making "Àigh no bàs!" a likely origin. Lots of purported "original Gaelic forms" are corruptions passed from non-speaker to non-speaker. For example, the Gaelic for whisky is "uisge-beatha" -- literally "life-water", a direct tr*nsl*t**n of the Latin "acqua vitae". However, there's a persistent ...
by Níall Beag
Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Scottish Gaelic now available on DuoLingo
Replies: 10
Views: 1910

Re: Scottish Gaelic now available on DuoLingo

...by the time Irish President Michael Higgins commended them [the creators] at a public ceremony in 2016... , millions of people — more than the population of Ireland itself — had tried the Irish course, according to company data. Today, the language has more than 940,000 active weekly users, arou...
by Níall Beag
Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Scottish Gaelic now available on DuoLingo
Replies: 10
Views: 1910

Re: Scottish Gaelic now available on DuoLingo

I'm ideologically opposed to Duolingo, for similar reasons to the first paragraph of Faoileag's message. I'm also annoyed at how they've squandered the possibility of making something awesome, and made something with flashes of brilliance in a sea of "meh" (the platform, that is; not any specific co...
by Níall Beag
Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Scottish Gaelic now available on DuoLingo
Replies: 10
Views: 1910

Re: Scottish Gaelic now available on DuoLingo

It's difficult for me to comment on that as I'm an early learner (in my Gaelic journey - not my age :lol: ). However, there was nothing that disagreed with anything else I have learned previously and I believe the developers are native speakers (I think I read that somewhere). Not sure that all of ...