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Improving

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:04 pm
by Chaja
Gàidhlig

Beurla

I only practice and learn Gaelic as a hobby, but I am so very thrilled when I find I actually am improving. But I do find it hard to participate here because I am the ultimate beginner. I combine my book with the tv episodes on youtube. I was wondering if anyone would like to look at the following sentences? I don't know a lot of things, that's why I can't really tr*nsl*t* the sentences in the other topic. Hope you don't mind.

Cha robh mi anns an taig an dé.
(I was not at home yesterday?)

Bha mi gu trang.
(I was very busy)

Nach mi ag obair an diugh.
(I did not work today.)

Tha mi leis a'chù dubh.
(I am with the black dog). Or should I use comhla ri?

Tha an duine mór.
(The man is big)

Tapadh leibh!

Re: Improving

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 12:49 am
by faoileag
Nach math sin! Isn't that good! :moladh:

Very few mistakes!

Cha robh mi anns an taig an dé. - at home usually = aig an taigh. anns an taigh = in the house - also a perfectly possible sentence.
(I was not at home yesterday?)

Bha mi gu trang. Bha mi trang. (gu trang = busily. gu+adjective=adverb.)
(I was very busy)

Nach mi ag obair an diugh. Cha robh mi.... (Nach is for negative questions: Nach robh mi trang? Wasn't I busy?)
(I did not work today.)

Tha mi leis a'chù dubh. leis a' chù dhubh - Dative case after a preposition - adjective has to agree. This is a pretty advanced construction for a Beginner, so don't lose sleep over it just now! Well done on the correct noun formation in Dative!)
(I am with the black dog). Or should I use comhla ri? Yes, better with people and pets etc.

Tha an duine mór. Correct.
(The man is big)


Couple of notes;
Nowadays all the accents are supposed to be written as graves à, è etc. (Which not everyone agrees with).
And these time expressions with 'an' are hyphenated. an-dè, an-diugh. (Unlike the place expressions: an seo, an sin.)

Re: Improving

Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 3:12 pm
by GunChleoc
Colin and Cumberland has a "leis a' chù" phrase, so I guess with pets both "le" and "còmhla ri" are OK.

You can also say "leis a' chù dubh", because "dubh" starts with a d - http://akerbeltz.org/index.php?title=Th ... _to_lenite

Re: Improving

Posted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:14 pm
by ~Sìle~
GunChleoc wrote:Colin and Cumberland has a "leis a' chù" phrase, so I guess with pets both "le" and "còmhla ri" are OK.

You can also say "leis a' chù dubh", because "dubh" starts with a d - http://akerbeltz.org/index.php?title=Th ... _to_lenite
TAIC uses "leis a' chù also:

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Bho: TAIC Lesson 8.

Re: Improving

Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:44 am
by faoileag
Depends on how you see the dog. If as a member of your family, còmhla ri expresses that better.
The original context said:
"I am with the black dog", which made it sound almost like a person. "I'm with him", not "it".

Context as always.
Otherwise I am perfectly happy with 'leis a' chu'. That's what I would probably say myself, not being sentimental about pets.

Re: Improving

Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 3:11 am
by MarcMacUilleim
~Sìle~ wrote:You can also say "leis a' chù dubh", because "dubh" starts with a d - http://akerbeltz.org/index.php?title=Th ... _to_lenite
The mere fact of starting with 'd' does not necessarily block lenition - it's the combination with what comes before that's important.

"air mo dhoigh", "corra dhuine", "gach deagh dhùrachd", etc

Re: Improving

Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:45 pm
by GunChleoc
It is always a combination of sounds - the linked article explains it ;)