Hallo a Leslie,

Sgri\obh thu:

>     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
>Óluinn.
>
>        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
>beautiful.

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.)

Eideard

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