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Not To Be Negative, but Let’s…

March 16, 2011

…negate everything we just said.  Chan eil is the negative of tha.  It is not a direct translation of the English isn’t, but negates what comes after.  The ch is hard as in German ich.

A quick review of some grammar points.  Because you can never have enough lenition or review.

  1. Following dhan: If the noun starts with b, c, f, g, m, or p, it is lenited.
  2. Following anns an: With b, c, g, m, and p, an becomes a’ and the following noun lenites.
  • Chan eil mi ag obair ann am buth.  (Chah neel mee ah-KOH-pair aun am boo.)  I am not working in the shop.
  • Chan eil mi ag obair ann am bar.   (Chah neel mee ah-KOH-pair aun am bahr.)  I am not working in the bar.
  • Chan eil mi ag obair ann am bata.   (Chah neel mee ah-KOH-pair aun am BAH-tuh.)  I am not working in the boat.
  • Chan eil mi ag obair ann am pairc.   (Chah neel mee ah-KOH-pair aun am PAIR-ik.)  I am not working in the park.
  • Chan eil mi ag obair ann am plean.   (Chah neel mee ah-KOH-pair aun am plenn.)  I am not working in the plane.

Feel free to try and post in the comment section if you like, negations using other verbs, pronouns, and nouns covered.

Verbs:

  • dannsa
  • cadail
  • ruith
  • coisich
  • draibhadh
  • ithe
  • a’ dol

An example:

Chan eil mi a’ dannsa ann am buth an-diugh.  I am not dancing in the shop today.

Today’s Listening: Robert MacDonald Gaelic Lesson Two.  He uses chan eil around minute 3:00.

 

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