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by Níall Beag
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Regional Gaelic
Replies: 1
Views: 1303

Re: Regional Gaelic

The differences are pretty minor, all in. Some modifications of accent, the odd word here and there, and some differences in turn of phrase. But whatever you learn and wherever you end up, you're going to have to adapt. Nothing too serious, though, and the underlying heart of the language is almost ...
by Níall Beag
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Pronunciation of agus
Replies: 4
Views: 2250

Re: Pronunciation of agus

It's a regional accent thing.

The word often gets abbreviated, so you might here "agus", "eye-us", "us" or just "s" depending on who's speaking and how quickly.
by Níall Beag
Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Muriel Fisher of Tucson, AZ, USA Gaelic course
Replies: 1
Views: 1501

Re: Muriel Fisher of Tucson, AZ, USA Gaelic course

I am also in the process of creating Quizlet files for each of her sections. So far I have the first 14 of 21 done. Feel free to help yourself! Did you check with Muriel before doing this? Remember, she makes her money by selling these things, and sharing her work for free interferes with her abili...
by Níall Beag
Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Scottish Gaelic now available on DuoLingo
Replies: 10
Views: 3115

Re: Scottish Gaelic now available on DuoLingo

Oops... forgot to say... The one piece of research I'm aware of by an actual linguist with some kind of reliable supervision was a master's dissertation that found university more effective than Duolingo . While I wouldn't say it was the best dissertation ever, it is still useful as an insight into ...
by Níall Beag
Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Scottish Gaelic now available on DuoLingo
Replies: 10
Views: 3115

Re: Scottish Gaelic now available on DuoLingo

I haven't seen a single report or academic paper discussing any significant change in the sales of Irish learning materials or the sign-ups to Irish courses. To me, that kind of says it's pretty much inconsequential. That's not an unreasonable point, but I wouldn't totally write it off on those gro...
by Níall Beag
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Dà-chànanach / Bilingual
Topic: tr*nsl*t**n of Aigha bàs
Replies: 5
Views: 2689

Re: tr*nsl*t**n of Aigha bàs

... making "Àigh no bàs!" a likely origin. Lots of purported "original Gaelic forms" are corruptions passed from non-speaker to non-speaker. For example, the Gaelic for whisky is "uisge-beatha" -- literally "life-water", a direct tr*nsl*t**n of the Latin "acqua vitae". However, there's a persistent ...
by Níall Beag
Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Scottish Gaelic now available on DuoLingo
Replies: 10
Views: 3115

Re: Scottish Gaelic now available on DuoLingo

...by the time Irish President Michael Higgins commended them [the creators] at a public ceremony in 2016... , millions of people — more than the population of Ireland itself — had tried the Irish course, according to company data. Today, the language has more than 940,000 active weekly users, arou...
by Níall Beag
Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Scottish Gaelic now available on DuoLingo
Replies: 10
Views: 3115

Re: Scottish Gaelic now available on DuoLingo

I'm ideologically opposed to Duolingo, for similar reasons to the first paragraph of Faoileag's message. I'm also annoyed at how they've squandered the possibility of making something awesome, and made something with flashes of brilliance in a sea of "meh" (the platform, that is; not any specific co...
by Níall Beag
Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Scottish Gaelic now available on DuoLingo
Replies: 10
Views: 3115

Re: Scottish Gaelic now available on DuoLingo

It's difficult for me to comment on that as I'm an early learner (in my Gaelic journey - not my age :lol: ). However, there was nothing that disagreed with anything else I have learned previously and I believe the developers are native speakers (I think I read that somewhere). Not sure that all of ...
by Níall Beag
Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Cuir nan aithne / Introductions
Topic: Hello all!
Replies: 8
Views: 2912

Re: Hello all!

Fàilte dhan fhòram, a Phurpaidh!
by Níall Beag
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: The sound of 'r' at the end of a word
Replies: 7
Views: 3443

Re: The sound of 'r' at the end of a word

Aha! That is exactly what the lady in the LearnGaelic videos sounds like - almost a 'th' but sort of not there at the same time. I tried doing it myself just now and found you can get it by starting to form a 'y' in your mouth but not making any noise (the last of the breath of the 'r' seems to tra...
by Níall Beag
Thu Nov 21, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Vocative for Seoc and Slenderization Resource
Replies: 4
Views: 3150

Re: Vocative for Seoc and Slenderization Resource

but could not find any resource that disclosed the slenderization of 'eo'. There are only a few vowels that are altered by slenderisation. Slenderisation is usually just done by adding "i" before the consonant, and if you can't find a specific rule for your word to say something else should happen,...
by Níall Beag
Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Stick to a course or jump ship?
Replies: 16
Views: 6936

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 gram...
by Níall Beag
Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh
Replies: 21
Views: 9145

Re: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh

The distinction between dependent and independent is an established concept in linguistics in general, and functions at a clausal level. The only wrinkle in Gaelic is the reanalysis of copular constructions as pre-verbal particles. That's not a major wrinkle though, as the same logic holds -- the v...
by Níall Beag
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Stick to a course or jump ship?
Replies: 16
Views: 6936

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. Can Seo is probably worse than most, because as I understand it, it wasn't really self-study: as with...