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Say it…

February 12, 2018
  • a ràdh (uh RAH) say it [say it with a ROLLED R!]
  • a dhèanamh (uh YAHN-oo/ uh YAHN-uv*) do it
  • (a) fhaighinn (AY-nn) find it/get it

To be added to verbs tomorrow:

  • An urrain dhut…? (AHN OOR-in ghoot…?) Can you….?

*Regarding pronunciation, I’ve heard this word pronounced both ways, both on sites more professional and fluent than mine. When I hear it with the V sound, it’s a very soft V, thus making the difference maybe not so great as what it appears phonetically.

Some Listening:

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Can I stay, can I go?

February 6, 2018

Some new verbs to go with the phrase:

  • ‘S urrainn dhomh fuireach an seo a-nis.. (CHahn UR-in gho FOH-dohch ahn SHOW ah-NISH.) I can stay here now.
  • Chan urrainn dhomh a dhol a-mach an sin. (CHahn UR-in gho a ghol uh mahch ah-SHIN ) I can’t go out there.

If you’re looking for lots of Gaelic to read: Letters for Learners: An Litir Bheag

Really…I CAN!

February 5, 2018

Some new verbs to go with the phrase:

  • Is urrainn dhomh ithe. (i SUR-in gho EE ch uh ) I can…/ I am able to eat.
  • Chan urrainn dhomh coiseach. (CHahn UR-in gho KAW-shahch) I can’t…/ I am not able to walk.

Reminder: is urrain can be shortened to ‘s urrain, just as we shorten do not to don’t. More on that tomorrow.

Sung in Gaelic with translation in description:

I can, I can’t….

February 4, 2018

From the previous post:

  • Is urrainn dhomh… (i SUR-in gho) I can…/ I am able to…
  • Chan urrainn dhomh… (CHahn UR-in gho) I can’t…/ I am not able to…
  • Chan urrainn dhomh fuireach. (CHahn UR-in gho FOH-dohch) I can’t stay.

Some new verbs to go with the phrase:

  • Is urrainn dhomh falbh. (i SUR-in gho FAHL-uv) I can…/ I am able to go away.
  • Chan urrainn dhomh tighinn. (CHahn UR-in gho CHEE-in) I can’t…/ I am not able to come.
  • Chan urrainn dhomh òl. (CHahn UR-in gho OOl) I can’t drink.

A little Gaelic music:

I can…

January 31, 2018
  • Is urrainn dhomh… (i SUR-in gho) I can…/ I am able to…
  • Chan urrainn dhomh… (CHahn UR-in gho) I can’t…/ I am not able to…
  • Chan urrainn dhomh fuireach. (CHahn UR-in gho FOH-dohch) I can’t stay.

Some weathered phrases

January 20, 2018
  • caran fuar (KAHR-ahn foor with rolled Rs) somewhat cold
  • nach e tha ‘fàs fuar? (nach eh ha fahs foor? with a rolled R) Isn’t it getting cold?
  • tha e nas blàithe na bha e ‘n-de (hah eh nahs BLAH-huh nah vah eh-n jay) It’s warmer than it was yesterday

Seasons (in the cold, freezing sun)

January 18, 2018
  • ràide (rye, with a rolled R) season
  • ràidean (Ryan, with a rolled R) seasons
  • side (SHEE-juh) weather
  • bliadhna (BLEE-uh-nuh) year

I’ve taken today’s words from this post, where you can hear them, or listen to the whole 15 minutes and learn more. Much of it I’ve covered in previous posts, but review and repetition is always good!

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