A beginner's guide to finding stuff in the Stòr-Dàta
As a beginner I found it hard tracking down words I read in the forums, because you have to undo lenition and slenderization. Here's my general prodecure for finding stuff in the Stòr-Dàta Briathrachais Gàidhlig:
Enter the word as it is. If you don't find it
If the second letter is an h, drop it. If you still don't find it
If it ends with a slender consonant, try removing the i in front of it. Sometimes it also helps removing the final consonant itself. If you still don't find it
If you recognize any word endings like e.g. plural or for a verbal noun, drop it. If you still don't find it
Repeat 3. If you still don't find it
Put in the original word again and try Briathrachan Beag, maybe it's an irregular inflected form and they've got it. If you still don't find it
Go back to stòr-dàta and check the * on the left. It might be a lenited word that's part of an expression.
Also, check out the "le co-fhaclair" link on the top right, it rocks!