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by AlexAkimov
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Stick to a course or jump ship?
Replies: 16
Views: 2772

Re: Stick to a course or jump ship?

Do you actually have Scottish Gaelic in 12 Weeks? Silly title aside, it's a great book - covers everything. The inversion bit is a slightly ropy (Cothrom Ionnsachaidh by Ronald Black has a much better overview of verbal noun forms and inversion) , but that apart it's a cracking read. Extremely gramm...
by AlexAkimov
Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: chun vs do 'n
Replies: 7
Views: 1727

Re: chun vs do 'n

As an aside, I've never seen do 'n. I can guess what it means, and I'm sure it's a thing, but I'd say dhan i.e. > Fàilte dhan Phlòc - Welcome to Plockton [this is the only Fàilte dhan sign I've seen - to me this is more welcoming than Fàilte gu] > Tha mi a' dol dhan chèilidh ; Tha mi a' dol dhan a' ...
by AlexAkimov
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: math math vs glè mhath
Replies: 3
Views: 943

Re: math math vs glè mhath

For what it's worth I've been learning Gaelic for a couple of years and I'm struggling to remember seeing math math more than once, whereas I've seen glè mhath a gazillion times. Make of that what you may.
by AlexAkimov
Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Stick to a course or jump ship?
Replies: 16
Views: 2772

Re: Stick to a course or jump ship?

What you've shown on here means you'll be well ahead of most starting ACI. However, it will bring it all together and give you solid explanations. It will also give you questions like "Why didn't they use inversion?"...but you just need to accept that's (and other things) not part of the course so y...
by AlexAkimov
Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Word order in a Dè... bhios question
Replies: 5
Views: 1268

Re: Word order in a Dè... bhios question

It's not so much Càite a, it's Càite followed by the relevant interrogative particle, followed by the dependent form of the verb: Càite a bheil thu? - Where are you? Càite an robh thu? -Where were you? Càite am bi thu? - Where will you be? Càite am biodh tu? - Where would you be? Càite an do chluich...
by AlexAkimov
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Stick to a course or jump ship?
Replies: 16
Views: 2772

Re: Stick to a course or jump ship?

The good thing about ACI is that you have a structure as well as obligations, deadlines and exams. I didn't find it difficult, but it did take up a lot of my time i.e. 8-10 hours a week.
by AlexAkimov
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Word order in a Dè... bhios question
Replies: 5
Views: 1268

Re: Word order in a Dè... bhios question

In my experience, Dè is always followed by the noun (with article) as in your first example - "What is the colour which will be on them/What colour will they be?"

Does that mean the second one is wrong? Probably not, just not as common. However, I'm sure others can give more detailed responses.
by AlexAkimov
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Stick to a course or jump ship?
Replies: 16
Views: 2772

Re: Stick to a course or jump ship?

As an aside my learning path has been:

- An Cùrsa Inntrigidh at Sabhal Mòr (18 months)
- Scottish Gaelic in 12 Weeks (took me a couple of months)
- Pestering Gaelic Guru's on Twitter :-)

I haven't mixed things too much. Now I'm working through the An Litir Beag section on LearnGaelic.
by AlexAkimov
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Stick to a course or jump ship?
Replies: 16
Views: 2772

Re: Stick to a course or jump ship?

Is there any particular thing you're struggling with, or is Can Seo simply going too fast?
by AlexAkimov
Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh
Replies: 21
Views: 3891

Re: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh

Ionatan wrote:
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:33 pm
plus a handy rule of thumb for gun vs a for when I'm under pressure!
That rule of thumb was given to me by Mr Akerbeltz himself. As I said, it hasn't failed me yet.
by AlexAkimov
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh
Replies: 21
Views: 3891

Re: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh

The only bit I am still a bit shaky on is when to use 'a' for that instead of 'gu/gun/gum' The rule of thumb for joining clauses is easy, and has never let me down: a > who, which, that gu/n/m > that ONLY when neither of who/which work I imagine gu/n/m as a hard "that", when a that and only a that ...
by AlexAkimov
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh
Replies: 21
Views: 3891

Re: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh

However, I don't find that "just memorise this seemingly arbitrary rule" helps much for a lot of people. If you don't think about meaning, how can you ever come to understand? I'm not disagreeing with that - it's what I do i.e. understand how something works and build from there (I'm sure Mr Bauer ...
by AlexAkimov
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh
Replies: 21
Views: 3891

Re: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh

So, I have a point of reference, except that I need the special bhitheas/bhios form to follow 'that' for the future. Not sure what you mean by "that". Bhios is the future relative and will follow the likes of ma, a, na etc. Wherever you might think to put Bidh, make it Bhios is if follows one of th...
by AlexAkimov
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh
Replies: 21
Views: 3891

Re: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh

the basic future is bi (or bhi if negative) Personally, I'd scrap that line of thinking and focus more on the crucial concept of independent and dependent verb forms. Broadly speaking an independent form starts a sentence or follows an independent particle (Ma, a, na etc). A dependent form follows ...
by AlexAkimov
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Verbal noun of 'saying' (a' ràdh or ag ràdh?)
Replies: 6
Views: 1656

Verbal noun of 'saying' (a' ràdh or ag ràdh?)

Normally it would be a' before a verbal noun starting with a consonant i.e. a' cluiche, a' sgrìobhadh etc, but this is an exception. I can't remember the explanation but it's "usually" ag ràdh. However, this is Gaelic so expect exceptions to the exceptions :lol: