idiom question.

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idiom question.

Unread post by tj4234 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:56 pm

The phrase 'mar sinn leat' (like that with you) is often used in Gaelic as a way of saying 'good bye'. Given it's literal meaning, is it also be used to say 'you too' in normal conversation?


person 1. Tapaidh leat
person 2. Mar sinn leat!

Also as a side note, does anyone have any tips for memorizing the irregular verbs?

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Re: idiom question.

Unread post by Thrissel » Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:12 pm

It's mar sin leat, "like that with you", and according to Mark's dictionary "same to you" was it's original meaning when saying goodbye - used as a reply to another way of saying it: beannachd leat ("blessing with you") - mar sin leat

You mean their forms? I'm afraid the best's just good old "practice makes perfect"...

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Re: idiom question.

Unread post by Gràisg » Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:08 am

You could try memorising entire sentences out of the like of Colin Mark's Gaelic verbs, even make a sound file or two and play them while doing the dishes, walking to the pub etc.

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Re: idiom question.

Unread post by GunChleoc » Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:42 am

Putting them in a useful sentence will make memorising easier.

Don't worry about trying to learn them all at once. Using the forms again and again is what will make them stick. Don't worry if you still have a few gaps, they will close with time as you keep using them.
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Re: idiom question.

Unread post by Alasdair Fitheach » Fri Sep 23, 2011 4:40 am

I use a flashcard software to drill vocabulary and irregular verbs. There are lots of flashcard applications out there, so you can easily find one you like.

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