At 01:22 AM 10/11/00, you wrote:
> Latha math dhuibh, a h-uile duine...
> A bheil na cialltraidhean ceart no cea\rr an seo?
> (I think I said "Are there correct or incorrect sentences herein?")
>1) Du\in an doruis a\mhuinn gun da\il!
Gle\ mhath, ach 's e am modh o\rduigheachd a th'ann.
Very good, but this is the imperative. What you said was "Close the oven
door without delay!" Now try the present indicative.
> Dhu\in mi na che/is fhidheal. ("ce\is" no "bocsa" no...?)
...a' che\is fhidle ( ce\is is feminine, and it's "of the fiddle" - genitive.
>2) Fo\n mi am piobaire.
Tha mi a' smaoineachdh gu bheil thu a' feuchainn a ra\dh " Tha mi a'
I think you are trying to say " I am phoning....". Fo\n is one of the many
borrowed words; it means "phone", not to be confused with "fonn", a noun
meaning tune or air.
> Nuair a bha an fo\n briste agamsa, dh'fho\n mi neach sam bith idir.
" am fo\n "
>3) Ionnsaich mi diadhachd ann an sgoil.
"Tha mi a' ionnsachadh...."
> Dh'ionnsaich mi mo\ran rudan glic, ach dhiochuimhnich mi iad.
>4) 'S toil leam a' seinn o\rain tradiseanta.
I'd say "'S toil leam a bhith a' seinn o\rain...."
> Sheinn Ashley MacIsaac o\ran neo\nach.
Tha mi a' dol leat. I agree with you.
>5) Tha mo cheann air sna\mh leis opair-sgoil.
leis an obair- or le obair-
> Shna\mh mi sa' chuan sia nuair bha mi o\g.
De tha "sia" a' cialachadh an seo ? What does "sia" (six) mean here?
> Obh, obh! Opair cruaidh! Cuideach mi.....
's math sin! Tha thu a' de\anamh gle\ mhath.
Great! You're doing very well. The main thing is to be communicating, and I
don't want us to get bogged down in all the grammatical entanglements,
first because as a learner myself I'm not competent to rule on some of
them, and secondly because the language should be as spontaneous as
possible, and if that means a few mistakes, so be it.
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