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by Níall Beag
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Cuir nan aithne / Introductions
Topic: Halò. Is mise Ionatan.
Replies: 5
Views: 244

Halò. Is mise Ionatan.

Fàilte dhan fhoram! I'd also point out that one of the problems with dictionaries is that English is one of the fastest changing languages on the planet. "Nostalgia" used to be a very strong word in English -- it even found it's way onto death certificates, particularly for sailors! Nostal...
by Níall Beag
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Fàgail vs falbh for 'leaving', is there any difference?
Replies: 9
Views: 682

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

Ionatan wrote:Ah! Yes. Taing! And, tha me duilich, for using the 'T-word' without putting it into "code". I understand the necessity.

Don't worry about it -- the site handles it. You're allowed to say the word, we just make sure Google doesn't hear it... ;-)
by Níall Beag
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Dà-chànanach / Bilingual
Topic: Trouble with the word cryptologic
Replies: 2
Views: 289

Trouble with the word cryptologic

"Cryptologic?" Chan eil mi ga thuigsinn fiù 's anns a' Bheurla!

"Cryptologic?" I don't even understand it in English!
by Níall Beag
Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Read all About It
Replies: 2
Views: 231

Read all About It

It's not about the end of the sentence, as you say, which means it must be the mid-sentence position that's the special case. In general, when we talk about a subject we either talk air (like giving a lecture on a topic in English) or mu dheidhinn the topic. (I can never remember whether that's the ...
by Níall Beag
Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: 'A thoirt leam' vs 'còmhla rium fhin' for 'with me'
Replies: 3
Views: 167

'A thoirt leam' vs 'còmhla rium fhin' for 'with me'

"ri" has a very active meaning in all its uses, whereas "le" is passive. If you have coffee with me, I'm drinking coffee too, so I'm active. But if you coffee with two sugars, the sugar isn't drinking coffee, it's just dissolved and drifting, so it's passive. Also, "a thoirt...
by Níall Beag
Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: the use of different preposition and tu vs thu
Replies: 3
Views: 242

the use of different preposition and tu vs thu

"ri" is more usually translated to English as "with" than to. "bruidhinn ri" is equivalent to English "speaking to", but "speaking with" is also possible in English. "ri" implies some kind of reciprocity, some kind of active involvement of ...
by Níall Beag
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Cait' Caite/ bheil
Replies: 6
Views: 777

Cait' Caite/ bheil

They are all different renderings of the same thing, just as GunChleoc says. Basically, as both the "a" and the "e" are weak, they're pronounced the same way, and you'll only hear one of them. People who write "caite a bheil" are thinking "they're both there, even ...
by Níall Beag
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:49 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: 422

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

"Bhiodh sinn" is acceptable in all situations and not generally considered informal.
by Níall Beag
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Use of Genitive
Replies: 8
Views: 608

Use of Genitive

I personally think that adding in "of" is misleading. In English there are two different constructions that have a function similar to the Gaelic genitive. First, there is the possessive ("John's" in "John's ball"), then there is the classifier noun ("butter" ...
by Níall Beag
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: 'S toil/Bu Toil + Verbal Noun
Replies: 6
Views: 553

'S toil/Bu Toil + Verbal Noun

Still, whatever the reasoning, it's pretty iffy to set a "which of these is wrong" question where the "wrong" one isn't actually wrong.
by Níall Beag
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Naidheachd na Gàidhlig / Gaelic News
Topic: Gàidhlig air Google tr*nsl*t*
Replies: 5
Views: 1038

Gàidhlig air Google tr*nsl*t*

Na gabh dragh, Fhaoileag -- this is just a necroposting drive-by spammer trying to get their Google PageRank up.
by Níall Beag
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Using Ann for Exists
Replies: 21
Views: 2174

Using Ann for Exists

Right.. there's two things going on here that are one thing. (?) Anyway... In English we can say something is "here" (i.e. this place) or "there" (i.e. that place ). In Gaelic, you have "an seo" (this place), "an sin" (that place) or "an siud" (yonde...
by Níall Beag
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Iomradh is Ceanglaichean / Reference and Links
Topic: Speaking Our Language on Youtube
Replies: 7
Views: 1775

Speaking Our Language on Youtube

I've had a wee ask around and no-one seems to know who put in the copyright claim. However, it's the channel that's been taken down, not the specific videos. Most likely the problem wasn't Speaking Our Language, but something else. What was on the channel other than SOL? I understand Bannan was, and...
by Níall Beag
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Iomradh is Ceanglaichean / Reference and Links
Topic: Speaking Our Language on Youtube
Replies: 7
Views: 1775

Speaking Our Language on Youtube

23520 Does anyone know what has happened to the Speaking Our Language programs on Youtube? All of them seem to have been removed with the Youtube "taken down for copyright violations" notice in place. I think the user account name was Macsteaphain or Leodhasach. These are a great resource...
by Níall Beag
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Using Ann for Exists
Replies: 21
Views: 2174

Using Ann for Exists

Many languages don't have any "there is"/"there are" and would just say "a house is" for "there is a house". English is the other extreme, saying there must always be there is/are for existential. However, centuries ago you would have been looked at funny for ...