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Phrases: More Luck!

January 15, 2019

As with any language, there are many ways to express the same idea. Here’s another way to wish someone good luck.

  • Gur math a thèid leat! (goor MAH a HEIDJ let) Good luck! informal
  • Gur math a thèid leibh! (goor MAH a HEIDJ lev) formal, plural

To translate this literally, you get something like, “that good comes to you!”


Phrases: Good Luck!

January 14, 2019
  • Sealbh math dhuit! (shee AHL iv MAH ghoo-it) Good luck, informal
  • Sealbh math dhuibh! (shee AHL iv MAH ghoo-iv) Good luck formal or plural

Back to Good-bye

January 13, 2019

One last way of saying ‘good-bye.’

  • Feumaidh mi ruith (FAY mee mee ROO-ih) I must run

Feumaidh = must

Ruith = to run

Sidetracked by SEE

January 11, 2019

Because tenses are fun! (Right! Right?)

Faic means to see. 

Somehow or other–don’t ask me how–will see in the future becomes chi. But really, do we ask these questions about our own language? Here are some examples of chi, the future tense of faic.

  • Chi mi ann sibh (CHee mee own SHEEV) I’ll see you there [own rhymes with clown]
  • Chì mi iad an-ath-sheachdain. (CHee mee EE-et ahn ah SHECH-den) I’ll see them next week

Phrases: Good-bye

January 10, 2019
  • Bidh mi ‘gad fhaicinn (BEE mee gahd AY kin) I’ll be seeing you
  • Chi mi a-rithist thu (CHee mee a RISHT oo) I’ll see you again

Note the words fhaicinn and chi. Both are forms of faic, to see.

More on chi tomorrow.

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January 9, 2019

Yes, it’s time to say good-bye again. Here are three more ways to do so.

  • Tìoraidh (CHEER-ie) Good-bye, informal
  • Tìoraidh ma-tha (CHEER-ie ma HA) good-bye then, informal
  • Tìoraidh an-dràsta (CHEER-ie ahn DRAH stah) good-bye just now, informal

Phrases: Good-bye

January 8, 2019
  • Beannachd leat (BAY nahch layt) good-bye informal or singular
  • Beannachd leibh (BAY nahch layv) good-bye formal or plural

Beannacht , while used as ‘good-bye,’ technically means ‘blessings.’ So beannachtd leat and beannachd leibh technically mean blessings on you.

And in reply to Beannachd leat:

  • Mar sin leat (MAR shin LAYT) good-bye, informal
  • Mar sin leibh (MAR shin LAVE), good-bye, formal
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