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by Polygot2017
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Fàgail vs falbh for 'leaving', is there any difference?
Replies: 4
Views: 175

Fàgail vs falbh for 'leaving', is there any difference?

23706 There has to be an object with fàgail . Think of it as "leave something" i.e. a' fàgail Glaschu, fàg an sashimi ud ... but falbh doesn't need one i.e. tha mi a' falbh and can't actually take one unless you slap it on with a prep i.e. a' falbh leis a' ghaoith . So do they both mean l...
by Polygot2017
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Fàgail vs falbh for 'leaving', is there any difference?
Replies: 4
Views: 175

Fàgail vs falbh for 'leaving', is there any difference?

Hi all. I have a question about the verb 'to leave' in Gàidhlig (well, technically not the infinitive, but the verbal noun 'leaving'). Sometimes I've seen 'fàgail', whereas other times I've seen 'falbh'. For example: Feumaidh mi falbh - I have to leave Bidh mi a’ fàgail an taighe aig cairteal gu nao...
by Polygot2017
Sun May 26, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Ceòl, Leabhraichean is na h-Ealain / Music, Books and the Arts
Topic: Audiobooks, graded level and short stories for Gaelic learners?
Replies: 7
Views: 398

Audiobooks, graded level and short stories for Gaelic learners?

23685 I can also recommend this one for lower intermediate: https://gaelicbooks.org/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=989&search=dorchadas Short stories and poems written by schoolchildren. They are interesting to read but don't require too much vocabulary. Mòran taing! Btw, I was ...
by Polygot2017
Thu May 23, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Ceòl, Leabhraichean is na h-Ealain / Music, Books and the Arts
Topic: Audiobooks, graded level and short stories for Gaelic learners?
Replies: 7
Views: 398

Audiobooks, graded level and short stories for Gaelic learners?

Ah great, it looks like there's some fantastic resources for me to check out there. Thanks!
by Polygot2017
Wed May 22, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Ceòl, Leabhraichean is na h-Ealain / Music, Books and the Arts
Topic: Audiobooks, graded level and short stories for Gaelic learners?
Replies: 7
Views: 398

Audiobooks, graded level and short stories for Gaelic learners?

As many of you will know, reading is a great way to improve your understanding of a language, learn more vocabulary, consolidate grammar structures, etc. However as a learner, a lot of books and other content can be too advanced, thus putting the learner off. With that in mind, I was wondering wheth...
by Polygot2017
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:42 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Correct/most natural forms of the conditional tense of 'to be'
Replies: 4
Views: 371

Correct/most natural forms of the conditional tense of 'to be'

Thanks. I have another question - I noticed in the book 'Scottish Gaelic in 3 Months' that it teaches 'bhithinn' as 'bhinn'. Is this a misprint, or just another way of saying 'bhithinn'? Also, another grammar book I was looking at says that 'bhithinn' = 'bhiodh mi' - was that just an example saying ...
by Polygot2017
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Coinneamhan air Skype / Skype Meetings
Topic: Does anyone want to chat in Gàidhlig on Skype?
Replies: 2
Views: 559

Does anyone want to chat in Gàidhlig on Skype?

Hi, I was wondering if anyone here would like to chat on Skype in Gàidhlig with me? I've seen a few other threads on this subject, but they all look quite old, so I'm wondering who's still about. I'm looking to practice my speaking as much as possible and we can help each other improve if you're a l...
by Polygot2017
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Correct/most natural forms of the conditional tense of 'to be'
Replies: 4
Views: 371

Correct/most natural forms of the conditional tense of 'to be'

I have some questions about the conditional tense (technically a mood, not a tense, I know...) of 'to be' in Gàidhlig. In the Taic lessons, it's taught as follows: 1. Bhithinn / Bhiodh / Bhiomaid - for positive statements 2. Cha bhithinn / Cha bhiodh / Cha bhiomaid - for negative statements 3. Am bi...
by Polygot2017
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: How are vowel sounds with acute accents written now that acute accents aren't used in Gaelic?
Replies: 3
Views: 393

How are vowel sounds with acute accents written now that acute accents aren't used in Gaelic?

23500 They are written with a grave accent. Ok. The thing is, the letter 'e' with a grave accent is pronounced like 'ay' in the word 'say', whereas with a grave accent it's pronounced more like 'ai' in the word 'fair'. Similarly, the letter 'o' with an acute accent is pronounced like 'owe', whereas...
by Polygot2017
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: How are vowel sounds with acute accents written now that acute accents aren't used in Gaelic?
Replies: 3
Views: 393

How are vowel sounds with acute accents written now that acute accents aren't used in Gaelic?

I've been learning the pronunciation of the Gaelic letters/sounds, and I've seen that the acute accent used to be used on the letters 'e' and 'o' (and sometimes on 'a' or presumably other vowels to differentiate between unclear and clear vowels). I've also noted that the acute accent is now no longe...
by Polygot2017
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Modal verbs in Gàidhlig + forms of verb that follow them
Replies: 7
Views: 470

Modal verbs in Gàidhlig + forms of verb that follow them

23481 Yes, bha mi airson is ok to use Check this section on what's going on with the a . Gimme a shout if it's still not clear. Thanks for the link - I've read it and it seems to make sense. So basically after a modal verb, the second verb that follows it is an 'infinitive like' verb, and hence use...
by Polygot2017
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Modal verbs in Gàidhlig + forms of verb that follow them
Replies: 7
Views: 470

Modal verbs in Gàidhlig + forms of verb that follow them

Thanks for your help, akerbeltz. So basically with modal verbs, the verbal noun that follows always lenites (well, if it starts with one of the letters in Gaelic that can be lenited)? 2) I wanted to clean the house - Bha mi ag iarraidgh a' glanadh an taigh. Is it possible to say 'Bha mi airson...' a...
by Polygot2017
Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Modal verbs in Gàidhlig + forms of verb that follow them
Replies: 7
Views: 470

Modal verbs in Gàidhlig + forms of verb that follow them

23476 This is more a matter of syntax than of the meaning being modal verbs in English - I guess most of the stuff you would express with a modal verb in English does fall into this category though. Feumaidh mi seo a dhèanamh Bu toigh leam seo a dhèanamh Tha mi ag iarraidh seo a dhèanamh ... Ok, in...
by Polygot2017
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Modal verbs in Gàidhlig + forms of verb that follow them
Replies: 7
Views: 470

Modal verbs in Gàidhlig + forms of verb that follow them

I'm starting to get my head round the different verb tenses in Gàidhlig, but I have some questions about modal verbs. My first question is, after any modal verb in Gàidhlig, is it always followed by the verbal noun, or is not that simple? As far as I can tell, it looks like the verbal noun is always...
by Polygot2017
Wed May 02, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: 'Ma' vs 'nam'/'nan' vs 'mura' for 'if'
Replies: 3
Views: 1233

'Ma' vs 'nam'/'nan' vs 'mura' for 'if'

I've seen throughout 'Speaking Our Language' different words for 'if', i.e 'ma', 'nam'/'nan' and 'mura'. 'Nam' and 'nam' seem to be used a lot in the dialogues involving the conditional mood, but I was wondering what's the difference between these forms. Are they basically interchangeable, or can yo...