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by Ionatan
Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Stick to a course or jump ship?
Replies: 15
Views: 739

Re: Stick to a course or jump ship?

Would you guys like to contribute some book/course reviews to our homepage? I don't mind doing a couple of reviews and can guarantee they will be from a beginner's perspective! I can comment on: Can Seo Speaking Our Language, Series 1 LearnGaelic Beginner's Course Beag Air Bheag The LearnGaelic web...
by Ionatan
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Stick to a course or jump ship?
Replies: 15
Views: 739

Re: Stick to a course or jump ship?

Pacing has always been an issue in self-study materials. Traditionally, that's down to the cost of paper -- cramming everything into one book means that language isn't recycled and practised enough... .... That's a long way of reassuring you that what you're experiencing is pretty normal. .... You ...
by Ionatan
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh
Replies: 21
Views: 1372

Re: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh

GunChleoc wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:08 am
Regular future tense forms are:

Independent: add -(a)idh
Dependent: Use base form
Relative: Lenite and add -(i)eas
Thanks for those examples - that was very useful. That is exactly what Can Seo was try to teach and it's a lot clearer now!
Thanks to everybody for their help!
by Ionatan
Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: chun vs do 'n
Replies: 7
Views: 584

Re: chun vs do 'n

do'n is just an old spelling of don, a variant of dhan. Aha! This is the danger of using material produced in the 1970s (viz. Can Seo)! I've learnt to cope with both grave and acute accents, but there's plenty of other pre-modernisation gotchas! In Can Seo, I learnt that do 'n is a concatenation of...
by Ionatan
Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: math math vs glè mhath
Replies: 3
Views: 152

math math vs glè mhath

I am seeing math math meaning very good in some examples. I would have expected glè mhath . I have also seen mòr mòr. I wonder if this is a bit like English where we would use 'big big' when talking to a very young person. e.g. "Look baby Calum! See the big big lorry"; or to quote a well-known confe...
by Ionatan
Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Word order in a Dè... bhios question
Replies: 5
Views: 257

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

Dè an dath a bhios orra The other word order is wrong. "a bhios orra" is a relative clause, so it needs something to refer to, which is "an dath". The pattern is: Dè/Cò <something you want to know or identify> a <verb in relative form + phrase about something you already know> càite a takes the dep...
by Ionatan
Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Stick to a course or jump ship?
Replies: 15
Views: 739

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. Yes - structure and deadlines appeal as well as the Skype/telephone tutorials. I'm doing over 8 hours a week alr...
by Ionatan
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Word order in a Dè... bhios question
Replies: 5
Views: 257

Word order in a Dè... bhios question

Is the word order acceptable for both these examples: Dè an dath a bhios orra Dè bhios an dath orra (do I need an extra 'a' in here just before orra?) The second one follows the pattern that seems more familiar to me from what I have learned (Question word | verb | subject | object and or prepositio...
by Ionatan
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh
Replies: 21
Views: 1372

Re: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh

GunChleoc wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:52 pm
And some good news for you: bi is actually regular in the future tense!
Say what?!? :o What is this "regular" of which you speak? Seriously though, this is moderately encouraging.
by Ionatan
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Stick to a course or jump ship?
Replies: 15
Views: 739

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? I think that is it. The other courses seem to give you more vocabulary and simple sentences that work the knowledge you have acquired. Can Seo seems to lean more towards grammer. I was going great guns until ...
by Ionatan
Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: chun vs do 'n
Replies: 7
Views: 584

Re: chun vs do 'n

do in a directional sense is (in)to, gu is just to(wards) Aha! That concurs with my understanding of gu in other contexts as in Tha mi gu math or Tha e cairteal gu trì (up to but not beyond) But there's a lot of grey fog between the two and even native speakers don't always use them consistently. O...
by Ionatan
Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Stick to a course or jump ship?
Replies: 15
Views: 739

Stick to a course or jump ship?

I am looking for a bit of advice from other people who have preceded me on the path to learning Gaelic. I have started with Can Seo and it is great in many ways and I have made what I consider to be fairly rapid progress. By lesson 13 of Can Seo I am covering concepts that courses such as Speaking O...
by Ionatan
Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: chun vs do 'n
Replies: 7
Views: 584

chun vs do 'n

In Can Seo I learnt this a few weeks ago: Tha mi a' dol do 'n chèilidh (I am going to the ceilidh) ...but now the same show (lesson 13) is teaching me this: Tha mi a' dol chun a' chèilidh (I am going to the ceilidh) :mhoire: I am confused - what is the difference and when would you choose do 'n vs c...
by Ionatan
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh
Replies: 21
Views: 1372

Re: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh

Once again, folks - very helpful both of you (from slightly different directions)! Ceud mìle taing. I am now clearer on both the general meaning of dependent vs independent plus a handy rule of thumb for gun vs a for when I'm under pressure! The simple future is fine but this has been feeling like a...
by Ionatan
Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh
Replies: 21
Views: 1372

Re: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh

However, in this instance I was just trying to make when to use bhios a bit simpler for the OP in case they were already drowning in terminology. I'm certainly drowning in different permutations of the verb bi ! :D But, putting all the very helpful answers together from all the replies, I have a mu...