Hai Pauleena,

Sgri\obh thu:

> >Hallo a Eideard
>Tha Seumas du\nadh a bheul.

Tha Seumas a' du\nadh a bheul. Gle\ mhath !

>Seumas dhunadh a bheul.

Remember that the verb comes first, so it's "Dhu\in Seumas a bheul."

>James is closing his mouth.  James closed his mouth.
>An duine fo\n a bhean.  The man phones his wife.

Let's not forget "tha", so it's "Tha an duine a' fo\nadh a bhean."

>A bhean dh'fhon an obair aige. His wife phoned his work.

Here again, the verb comes first, so it's "Dh'fho\n a bhean an obair aige."

>Mi ionnsaichadh a Ghaidhlig gu a slaodach. I learn the Gaelic slowly.

Present tense, we need to use "tha", so it's "Tha mi ag ionnsachadh..."

>mi dh'ionnsaich a leugh. I learned to read.

Verb first: "Dh'ionnsaich mi a leugh."

>A deag sheinnead air seinn a Ghaidhlig. a good singer sings the Gaelic.

I would say "Tha an deagh sheinneadair a' seinn a' Gha\idhlig."

>Seumas sheinn gu dona. Seumas sang badly.

Let's put the verb first: "Sheinn Seumas gu dona."

>Chan eil sna\mh agam. I can' swim.

You're getting into deep water with this one :-) To say I can't it's "Chan 
urrainn dhomh...."  To say I can't swim it would be "Chan urrainn dhomh 
shna\mh." But this is beyond the requirements of this exercise. If you want 
to say "I am swimming' it's "Tha mi a' sna\mh."

>cha mi shna\mh an de\.  I did not swim yesterday.

When you introduce the negative it tends to complicate things. It would be 
" Cha do shna\mh mi an-de\.", but you  could say "I swam yesterday." 
"Shna\mh mi an-de\."

Ceart? ( Right ?)

Really good, Pauleena. You've put a lot of work into this, and eventually 
it'll pay off.

Sla\n leat,


PS  I'm sending a copy of this to the list. You can't hide, but why would 
you want to ?

>Pauleena MacDougall
>Maine Folklife Center
>5773 So. Stevens Hall
>University of Maine
>Orono, ME 04469
>(207) 581-1848

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