> And people think Gaelic is complicated! I'm trying to improve my German
>at the moment but I find that all the strong and weak and mixed declensions
>of adjectives and nouns, along with trying to remember the correct gender
>and word order, are driving me insane -- not to mention those little prefixes
>that keep breaking off from the verbs and floating all over the sentence.
>Still, if one can at least learn to read German then it's better than nothing
>-- I do have a small head start from the one year I spent living in Germany
>when I was a boy: I already know the word "Schweinehund".
Just remember Time Manner Place for the word order, after that it's easy. Gender was a problem to begin with, but at least German has fixed rules (as far as you can in any language) about plurals and word order. As far as I could tell (in my extremely limited experience) Gaelic doesn't have anything like as structured an approach to it. Perhaps I was looking at it from the wrong angle, I was expecting to find particular conventions when it came to plurals and when talking about other people or things since I'd only spoken languages which do - ok you can exclude English I suppose! - so maybe I need to sort of 'unlearn' my language skills and relearn them for Gaelic.