Hallo a Leslie,
> Ciamar a tha sibh a nochd? Tha mi gu math, ach beagan sgith. Am
>faca sibh a' ghealach feasgar seo? Bha i mˇr, soilleir, uamhasach
> How are you-all tonight. I'm fine, but a little tired. Did
>you-all see the moon this evening. It was big, bright, and very
Bha mi ann an Toronto a-raoir aig an taigh mo nighean. Tha triuir oghachan
againn a-nis agus tha du\il aice leanabh eile fhaighinn ann an da\ sheachdain.
I was in Toronto last night at my daughter's house. We have three
grandchildren now and she expects to have another baby in two weeks.
> Rinn sinn c˛mhradh air "thinking" anns an coinneamh na Gaidhlige seo
>chaid. Am biodh fear sam bith a' mineachadh gnýomhairean "measraich",
>"smaoinich", "saoil", "me˛raich" agus "creid", ma 'se du toigh le.
>Chaid sinn am bhreislich gu fior.
> We were discussing "thinking" at the last Gaelic meeting. Would
>anyone explain the verbs ". . ." please. We got really confused. (If
>this turns out to be a horrible big job, please accept my apologies,
>and maybe someone could just point me toward the information.)
Seo mo bheachd, le cuideachadh de'n faclair agam:
Here's my opinion, with the help of my dictionary:
measraich = think, judge, which I take to mean as if you are weighing the
evidence and making a decision.
smaoinich = (the workhorse, as far as I am concerned.) I use this whenever
I would use the English word "think". "Tha mi a' smaoineachadh gu bheil i
tra\th." (I think she's early.)
saoil = more in the sense of I suppose, I wonder. "Tha mi a' saoilsinn gu
bheil thu ceart, ach..." (I suppose you're right, but...)
meo\raich = the dictionary gives "deliberate" for this, so it's fairly
close to the first word, measraich.
creid = is believe, think, and is often used idiomatically in a way that at
first is confusing to our ears. "Cha chreid mi nach te\id mi dhachaigh." (I
think I will go home.) This is covered in TYG p. 148. "Tha mi a' creidsinn
anns a' Bhi\obuill." (I believe in the Bible .)
There's another word that I came across recently - "ar" which the
dictionary defines as think, thought, seems, seemed. "Ar leam" (I think
[thought], it seems [seemed] to me). "Ar leam gur ann mar seo a bha aon de
na sgeulachdan.. ( I think that one of the tales went like this...)
Tha mi 'n do\chas gum bi seo cobhaireach. (I hope that this will be helpful.)
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