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by Tha_Mi_Sgìth
Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: matamataig---àireamheachd
Replies: 15
Views: 6925

matamataig---àireamheachd

Here is my understanding how how arithmetic (àireamheachd) works in Gaelic. I’ve given statements, commands, and questions. I’d be very grateful for any and all comments and corrections! To say “What does…make?”, use “Dè tha…a’ dèanamh?” To say “What does…equal?”, or “What is…equal to?”, use “Cò ris...
by Tha_Mi_Sgìth
Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Help with a Sentence for a Poem I'm Writing
Replies: 16
Views: 9026

Re: Help with a Sentence for a Poem I'm Writing

lèirsinn = fradharc = eyesight, seeing, vision, sight (the sense)
I don't discern the difference---does anyone know if there is one?

gun chomas faicinn = without the ability to see
fhathast dall = still blind

an t-sùil neo-fhaicsinneach = the unseeing eye
by Tha_Mi_Sgìth
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Knowing what you know now
Replies: 4
Views: 7161

Re: Knowing what you know now

Actual paid courses: Ùlpan, An Cùrsa Inntrigidh (distance learning from SMO), An Cùrsa Adhartais (distance learning from SMO). No amount of free evening classes from well-meaning tutors has helped me more than these paid courses. Unfortunately I don't think Ùlpan is running anymore. Grammar; the cas...
by Tha_Mi_Sgìth
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: oisean vs còrnair
Replies: 2
Views: 4465

Re: oisean vs còrnair

I've just noticed a direct personal comment from Colin Mark in his dictionary, under "còrnair":

"there are at least two good Gaelic words for corner – I don’t see the need for this one"

I hadn't seen the other meaning of "wrapper"---I would have used paisg or còmhdach.
by Tha_Mi_Sgìth
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: An Tuiseal Ginideach---feminine genitive forms being lost?
Replies: 9
Views: 6666

Re: An Tuiseal Ginideach---feminine genitive forms being lost?

Yes Níall, you are quite right. I have noticed that too. I don't want to elaborate on that here, but I'll give one example of something that has perplexed me from the beginning of my involvement with GME. This is the use of "snack" (sometimes rendered snac). I would have through grèimeag/grèimeag bì...
by Tha_Mi_Sgìth
Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Identifying sounds from text
Replies: 3
Views: 4818

Re: Identifying sounds from text

Most language teaching books have a section about pronunciation, such as "Gaelic in 12 weeks" (an excellent book), but the most comprehensive book on pronunciation is "Blas na Gàidhlig" by Michael Bauer (a.k.a. akerbeltz). I'd suggest going to that book's webpage at http://www.akerbeltz.eu/books.htm...
by Tha_Mi_Sgìth
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: An Tuiseal Ginideach---feminine genitive forms being lost?
Replies: 9
Views: 6666

Re: An Tuiseal Ginideach---feminine genitive forms being lost?

I wonder if the new generations of FtMG students and SMO graduates might act to slow or reverse some of the erosion of the language which seems to have occurred when there was little or no formal education in the language, or indeed oppression, and when there was very little literature available. Li...
by Tha_Mi_Sgìth
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: oisean vs còrnair
Replies: 2
Views: 4465

oisean vs còrnair

Is there a difference between "oisean" and "còrnair"?
Or do both apply to a corner, whether a convex or concave?
by Tha_Mi_Sgìth
Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: sù/sutha vs sòfa
Replies: 4
Views: 5239

Re: sù/sutha vs sòfa

Sgoinneil. 'S toil leam "cuir fòn gu" cuideachd.

Mòran taing airson a' cheartachaidh!
by Tha_Mi_Sgìth
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: sù/sutha vs sòfa
Replies: 4
Views: 5239

Re: sù/sutha vs sòfa

Yes, good point about Z, which is a voiced S sound. Regarding "fòn", there is also the verb form fòn/fònadh. What do you think of the following: * Tha mi a' fònadh gu mo bhràthair * Fònaidh mi a-màireach = I'll phone tomorrow * Dh'fhòn mi thuige = I phoned him (do you think this sounds right?) * Tha...
by Tha_Mi_Sgìth
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: sù/sutha vs sòfa
Replies: 4
Views: 5239

sù/sutha vs sòfa

I've been confused about how zoo is used: sù/sutha. Colin Mark has "sutha" as feminine, but Am Faclair Beag has both "sù" and "sutha" as masculine. So I'd expect it to decline as: an sù, anns an t-sù, geata an t-sù (and the same for sutha). But I've seen "Rathan an Sutha" (BBC Alba), "dhan sù" (in a...
by Tha_Mi_Sgìth
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: An Tuiseal Ginideach---feminine genitive forms being lost?
Replies: 9
Views: 6666

Re: An Tuiseal Ginideach---feminine genitive forms being lost?

...and on BBC Alba "Saoghal Bodach na Nollaig"...

But it seems "sgoile" is resisting the loss of the final e: " na sgoile " ~ 75,000 hits, but " na sgoil " ~ 10,000.
by Tha_Mi_Sgìth
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: An Tuiseal Ginideach---feminine genitive forms being lost?
Replies: 9
Views: 6666

Re: An Tuiseal Ginideach---feminine genitive forms being lost?

I realise that, but I'm referring to written forms I've seen often. For example, there's a children's song "Tha Bodach na Nollaige a' tighinn a-nochd", and when sung, the "-e" in Nollaige is run into the "a" of "a' tighinn", but in the written form "Bodach na Nollaige" has only 1,190 Google hits and...
by Tha_Mi_Sgìth
Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: An Tuiseal Ginideach---feminine genitive forms being lost?
Replies: 9
Views: 6666

An Tuiseal Ginideach---feminine genitive forms being lost?

I've noticed that some feminine genitive forms seem to be falling out of use: Nollaige has mostly been replaced by Nollaig (e.g. Bodach na Nollaig, Fèil Nollaig, etc.) Also: uinneige is often uinneig, caileige is sometimes caileig Such that retaining the 'secondary slenderisation' (+e) seems conserv...
by Tha_Mi_Sgìth
Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Cuir nan aithne / Introductions
Topic: Halò agus Bliadhna Mhath Ùr dhuibh uile!
Replies: 2
Views: 4327

Halò agus Bliadhna Mhath Ùr dhuibh uile!

Halò, is mise "Tha_Mi_Sgìth", Tha mi air a bhith ag ionnsachadh na Gàidhlig airson mòran bhliadhnaichean. Tha mi air Ùlpan agus An Cùrsa Adhartais a chrìochnachadh gu soirbheachail. Tha mac agam ann an FtMG agus bidh sinn a' cleachdadh na Gàidhlig aig an taigh fad na h-ùine. A dh'aindeoin sin, tha m...