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Halò. Is mise Ionatan.

Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:22 pm
by Ionatan
Halò, a h-uile duine. Tha mi ag ionnsachadh Gàidhlig le "Can Seo" agus "Speaking Our Language".

It's very early days for me, so please point out my mistakes and make corrections.

PS: Where is the best place to post basic beginner questions so they don't annoy more proficient mebers?

Halò. Is mise Ionatan.

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:28 pm
by faoileag
Fàilte chridheil ort!
A warm welcome to you!

You can post language questions in the Grammar section (any level! "More proficient users" are happy to share what they themselves have learned - we try to help everyone if we can! :-) ), viewforum.php?f=11

and try out things in the bilingual section. viewforum.php?f=2

Halò. Is mise Ionatan.

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:04 pm
by Ionatan
Mòran taing!

Thanks for the pointers around this forum. I have seen the "Just do it" thread - so I'll set "just doing it" as a target (if that's ot a contradiction in terms). As for working through "Can Seo", without stating my exact age :naire: , I'd just like to say:

Is toigh leam an cianalas
I love the nostalgia (did I get the right word? - it was a dictionary look up but it also seems to mean sadness so might not be the right nuance)

Halò. Is mise Ionatan.

Posted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:15 pm
by faoileag
Good try, and a correct grammatical sentence. :moladh:

Cianalas is quite a strong word in Gaelic, a mixture of longing for and missing (a time, place, community etc) - used a lot by emigrant Gaels in America etc.
Probably a bit too emotional for this context, unless you miss the seventies dreadfully! :-)
It's also something you feel, not something you observe in a programme or event etc.

You could just use "nostalgia" - a medical coinage, Greek and Latin roots, so not exactly English itself.

OR maybe stick with something simpler like sean-fhasanta - old-fashioned.
Tha e cho sean-fhasanta - 's toigh leam sin!

Halò. Is mise Ionatan.

Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:48 am
by Ionatan
Tapadh leibh airson do chuideachadh
Thank you for your help

My gut feeling was that cianalas might be the wrong word, especially as I am not pining THAT much for the 70s. I'll go with your suggestion (plus a little pronunciation check from the talking dictionary @ LearnGaelic :D and I am very pleased to say I spotted that silent 'fh').

Tha e cho sean-fhasanta - 's toigh leam sin!
Tha Sim a dansa uabhasach math ann am prògram a-sia! (~15:50) :lol:

Halò. Is mise Ionatan.

Posted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:17 pm
by Níall Beag
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! Nostalgia has changed in English, and the typical confusion is led by dictionaries written before that change. The old joke nostalgia ain't what it used to be is actually true -- as the other saying goes, many a true word spoken in jest!