Writing/speaking a bit of Gaelic, any feedback/corrections appreciated

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Writing/speaking a bit of Gaelic, any feedback/corrections appreciated

Unread post by Polygot2017 » Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:42 pm

Hi, for a bit of fun I'm going to make a video where I speak in every language I know (for about 1 minute or so per language), and I'd like to do a bit in Gàidhlig. I have written down a few ideas for what I could say (also for a bit of writing practice) and I was wondering if I could get a bit of feedback on this. Any corrections would be appreciated. There are one or two expressions I would like to ask about too. Thanks.

Gàidhlig

Feasgar math. A-nis / an-drasta, bu toil leam anns a Gàidhlig a'bruidhinn.

Ged rugadh mi ann an Lunnainn is thogadh mi ann an Sasann, tha Teaghlach Albannach agam agus cuideachd tha mi a’ fuireach ann an Alba, ann an Inbhir Nis. air a' mhodh sin tha Gàidhlig cànan math tha mi ag ionnsachadh (for me)

Cuideachd is toigh leam ag ionnsachadh cànanain Ceilteach, agus tha mi ag iarraidh a' còbhradh a'cùm air mhaireann mion-chànanain.

Is toigh leam leughadh, agus a’ coimhead air an telebhisean agus ag èisteachd ris an rèidio anns a Gàidhlig Cuideachd tha ceòl iomad (much) anns a Gàidhlig.

Tha mi a smaoineachaidh gu bheil chan eil e cho furasta. ach chan eil e ro dhoirbh ag ionnsachadh, is tha mi a' faighinn nas fheàrr a h-uile latha.

English

Good afternoon/evening. Now I would like to speak in Scottish Gaelic.

Although I was born in London and I grew up in England, I have Scottish family and I also live in Scotland, in Inverness, so/therefore Gaelic is a good language (for me) to learn.

I also like learning Celtic languages, and I want to help keep minority languages alive

I like reading, watching television and listening to the radio in Gaelic, and there is also a lot of music in Gaelic.

I think it's not too easy or too difficult to learn and I am getting better every day.

Questions

1. I'm not sure how to say 'for me' and 'although' (I thought 'ged' or 'ghed' was used but not 100% sure)
2. Is getting better 'faighinn nas fheàrr' ? (I think 'faighinn' means 'getting' as in 'getting a lift', but not sure if it can be used in this sense)
3. For 'keep alive', I've seen 'cùm air mhaireann', 'cùm air chois' and 'cagail'
4. There are different words for 'so' / 'therefore' also
5. I still get confused when to use 'a-nis' and 'an-drasta' for 'now'.
6. Is 'a' còbhradh' the best verb for 'to help'?



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Re: Writing/speaking a bit of Gaelic, any feedback/corrections appreciated

Unread post by GunChleoc » Sat Feb 06, 2021 9:18 am

Feasgar math. Nise, bu toil leam bruidhinn anns a' Ghàidhlig.

Ged a rugadh mi ann an Lunnainn is a thogadh mi ann an Sasainn, tha teaghlach Albannach agam agus cuideachd tha mi a’ fuireach ann an Alba, ann an Inbhir Nis. Air an adhbhar sin, tha Gàidhlig 'na chànan math dhomh airson ionnsachadh.

Cuideachd, is toigh leam cànanan Ceilteach / cànain Cheilteach (depending on dialect) ionnsachadh, agus tha mi ag iarraidh cuideachadh le mion-chànanan/mion-chànain a chumail beò.

Is toigh leam leughadh agus coimhead air an telebhisean agus èisteachd ris an rèidio anns a' Gàidhlig. Cuideachd, tha iomadh ceòl anns a' Gàidhlig.

Tha mi den bheachd nach eil e ro fhurasta no ro dhoirbh (smaoineachadh means you are actually sitting down and thinking about something for a period of time) ri ionnsachadh is tha mi a' fàs nas fheàrr / a' tighinn air adhart / a' dèanamh adhartas a h-uile latha.
4. There are different words for 'so' / 'therefore' also
Indeed there are. I alway play them by ear, so I can't give you any advice on when to pick which.

The rest of your questions are hopefully answered by my rewrite. Let me know if you need to know more.

On another note, I prefer writing "is toil leam" as "is toigh leam", because it reflects the pronunciation better.
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Re: Writing/speaking a bit of Gaelic, any feedback/corrections appreciated

Unread post by Níall Beag » Fri Feb 12, 2021 1:56 am

GunChleoc wrote:
Sat Feb 06, 2021 9:18 am
On another note, I prefer writing "is toil leam" as "is toigh leam", because it reflects the pronunciation better.
That would depend on dialect, surely...? The move to "toil" was led by changes in the pronunciation, I thought...

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Unread post by GunChleoc » Fri Feb 12, 2021 12:16 pm

No, it's a spelling thing.
  • toil (noun) is pronounced /tɔl/
  • toigh (adjective) is pronounced /tɤj/ and used in the expression An toigh leat... 's toigh l'
So, when you say "Is toil leam", you should still pronounce it /tɤl/, but the spelling suggests that it should be pronounced /tɔl/ which is wrong. After many years of learning, I am still struggling with eradicating that ingrained pronunciation mistake from my speech.
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Re: Writing/speaking a bit of Gaelic, any feedback/corrections appreciated

Unread post by Níall Beag » Fri Feb 12, 2021 7:30 pm

GunChleoc wrote:
Fri Feb 12, 2021 12:16 pm
No, it's a spelling thing.
  • toil (noun) is pronounced /tɔl/
  • toigh (adjective) is pronounced /tɤj/ and used in the expression An toigh leat... 's toigh l'
So, when you say "Is toil leam", you should still pronounce it /tɤl/, but the spelling suggests that it should be pronounced /tɔl/ which is wrong. After many years of learning, I am still struggling with eradicating that ingrained pronunciation mistake from my speech.
Ah yes, I see what you mean.

However, it's a matter of picking one inaccuracy/irregularity over the other, because the "L" has fused with the toigh, so "is toigh leam" isn't quite right, because there is an L in the second word now.

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Re: Writing/speaking a bit of Gaelic, any feedback/corrections appreciated

Unread post by GunChleoc » Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:55 pm

The l in leam would be there without the toil ;)
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