On Thu, 19 Jun 1997 07:35:38 -0400, Walter Duncan wrote:
> Hallo liosta,
Hallo, a liosta
You are using "liosta" in the vocative case. See Chapter 1, page 15 and
Ch. 7, p. 76 of the text you mention, Teach Yourself Gaelic (1993) by
Robertson and Boyd.
> Tha taing aig mi airson e a' moladh agus a' ceartadh.
-Tapadh leibh airson moladh agus ceartachadh (see Ch. 6, p. 65)**.
Query to fluent speakers: is it colloquial to say "Tha mi buidheach
dhiobh [grateful to you] airson moladh agus ceartachadh"? (construction
taken from Macfarlane's School Dictionary
(http://www.ceantar.org/Dicts/index.html). [Learners: dhiobh = de +
> Tha mi airson ionnsaich
airson ionnsachadh. About this idiomatic construction, see Ch. 9, p.
> agus tha mi uamhasach mo\ran a' feuchainn. Tha mi a' "Teach Yourself Gaelic
> by Robertson and Taylor" a' cleachdadh.(is this a correct usage of cleachd?)
- The "a' feuchainn" and "a'cleachdadh" do not come last in the clauses.
- I'm not sure, but I don't think you can use "mo\ran" as an adverb.
- No article before the title of the book.
- "uamhasach" is slangy; maybe it's wrong here. In any case, it does not
- I don't know how to say "I'm trying awfully hard/trying an awful lot",
but here's a guess (synthesized from
http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/cgi-bin/sbg): "Tha mi a' toirt oidhirp gu dian"
[giving effort keenly/vigorously]. Of course, this formulation doesn't
capture the informality of the English expression.
San Diego, California
** Further comments
- "e"? You have no "it" in your English original.
- "Taing" is used with the constructions "tha ... aig" or "tha ... air".
(Anyway, "taing" is thanks, not thankfulness/gratitude -- not that I'm
sure you would even say "gratitude is on me" (tha buidheachas orm) in
- In any case, not "aig mi" but "agam". In Gaelic, prepositions don't
occur before pronouns; instead, there are special forms that represent
the combinations of prepositions with pronouns.
- The apostrophe after an "a" preceding a verbal noun means that the "a"
is short for "aig". In this sentence, you would not use "aig" with the
verbal nouns moladh and ceartachadh.