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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: 4
Views: 228

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 ...
by Níall Beag
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Use of air
Replies: 8
Views: 675

Use of air

* Tha mi a' coimhead air film - I am watching a film This one is probably the easier one to think about. Consider that in English we "look at " things. Why at? Lots of foreign learners of English want to talk about "looking something", because in their language, there is no &quo...
by Níall Beag
Sun May 27, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Technique for learning Gaelic
Replies: 14
Views: 2464

Technique for learning Gaelic

Sorry -- he says he lost the tapes in a house move.
by Níall Beag
Sat May 26, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Technique for learning Gaelic
Replies: 14
Views: 2464

Technique for learning Gaelic

Tae le bainne wrote:Qr Bbpost Thanks! And I'll be sure to stick around and fire as many questions at you all as I can. Incidentally, has anyone ever digitised the old audio for Hugo's Gaelic in 3 months?

I gave my copy to my brother -- I'll ask him if he did.
by Níall Beag
Mon May 14, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: The "it" Word
Replies: 5
Views: 1361

The "it" Word

In modern Gaelic, the so-called "dummy it" (where "it" doesn't refer to a noun) is usually masculine. However, in earlier Celtic languages, the dummy it was actually feminine, which I believe is still the case in Welsh. I've read the suggestion that using "i" for the we...
by Níall Beag
Sun May 06, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Conditional tense - 'am bitheadh?' vs 'am bithinn'/'am biodh?'/'am biomaid?', what's the difference?
Replies: 8
Views: 1533

Conditional tense - 'am bitheadh?' vs 'am bithinn'/'am biodh?'/'am biomaid?', what's the difference?

akerbeltz wrote:Mostly it applies to the irregular verbs. Not all have separate written forms, for instance tha varies between [haː] ~ [ha] ~ [hə], chaidh can be [xaːj] ~ [xaj] but there's no *thà or *chathaidh spelling.

There is thatha occasionally, though, isn't there? Or did the exam board kill that with GOC?
by Níall Beag
Sun May 06, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: 'Ma' vs 'nam'/'nan' vs 'mura' for 'if'
Replies: 3
Views: 1141

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

Ma is a "real" if -- it's a possible, likely thing... just that we don't know for certain yet. e.g. Ma thig tu a-nochd, ceannaichidh mi pinnt dhut (If you [will] come tonight, I'll buy you a drink.) Nan (or nam before a labial consonant) is an unreal, hypothetical if, with a similar sense...
by Níall Beag
Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Dà-chànanach / Bilingual
Topic: Language Conversion Assistance // A 'cuideachadh gus eadar-theangachadh teacsa
Replies: 9
Views: 1658

Language Conversion Assistance // A 'cuideachadh gus eadar-theangachadh teacsa

Doesnt seem to be a very active or helpful community here. :( It's not an active community, thanks to Facebook sucking everything up (Damn you, Zuckerberg!) -- I check in less than once a week these days. It hardly seems fair to call us "unhelpful" for not responding to something we didn'...
by Níall Beag
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: General greeting for festive observance
Replies: 7
Views: 1323

General greeting for festive observance

Is there maybe something equivalent to the traditional "Season's Greetings" in English...?
by Níall Beag
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Anyone tried Ulpan courses to learn Gàidhlig?
Replies: 4
Views: 1506

Anyone tried Ulpan courses to learn Gàidhlig?

Ok thanks for that info. Does the Ùlpan course teach all the grammar and different tenses then, and is it one tense at a time etc with drills, or within the context of dialogues etc? It relies extremely heavily on decontextualised drills. Personally, I can't think of a single person I know who got ...
by Níall Beag
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Mr, Mrs, Ms, Miss in Gaelic?
Replies: 16
Views: 11785

Mr, Mrs, Ms, Miss in Gaelic?

I remember even in my own (Beurla-speaking) childhood there was alove debate about whether Mr/Mrs/Miss even made any sense in schools. The idea was that if people in the "real world" were going to call their bosses by name and title, there was little reason to train kids to use titles. And...
by Níall Beag
Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Ceòl, Leabhraichean is na h-Ealain / Music, Books and the Arts
Topic: Are there any films made in Gàidhlig language?
Replies: 10
Views: 1964

Are there any films made in Gàidhlig language?

The films from the latest FilmG are now online, but entry numbers seem to be really low this year -- 13 in the open category in total, 6 of which are student films (in previous years you'd expect to get around 6 from the SMO media course alone). They're half and half documentary and comedy/drama. Oh...
by Níall Beag
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: A Michel Thomas style Gàidhlig course? Someone should make one!
Replies: 5
Views: 1144

A Michel Thomas style Gàidhlig course? Someone should make one!

I don't think there's much value in following the ordering, because you'd be switching between markedly different structures and you'd confuse people with that. However, one element that is core to MT's philosophy which is slowly being reflected more in mainstream teaching is the idea of teaching &q...
by Níall Beag
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Dà-chànanach / Bilingual
Topic: Facal-toisich anns a Gàidhlig/Introduction in Gaelic
Replies: 37
Views: 4994

Facal-toisich anns a Gàidhlig/Introduction in Gaelic

1) I noticed you changed the first bit to 'is toigh leam cànanan ionnsachadh' with the 2nd verb at the end. So whenever 'is toigh leam' ('I like') in used with another verb in Gaelic, e.g. 'I like learning...', etc, am I correct in thinking that the second verb has to go at the end of the sentence/...
by Níall Beag
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Dà-chànanach / Bilingual
Topic: Facal-toisich anns a Gàidhlig/Introduction in Gaelic
Replies: 37
Views: 4994

Facal-toisich anns a Gàidhlig/Introduction in Gaelic

...except I've just now realised that there exist saigheadairean and boghadairean and bows and arrows are nouns only.

Hmmm.... I think I'd better think it out again....