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C Dubh 
Posted: 02-Jul-2004, 12:54 AM
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Cit a bheil sibh a' fuireach?
Where do you live?

Cit a bheil thu a' fuireach?
Where do you live?

If it's ok to add some further points to your lessons Celticrose. Can i say that 'sibh' the formal version of 'you' is not only used in formal situations, but when talking to more than one person. So although 'Thu' is indeed informal & used when talking to a friend or a child, if you were talking to a group of children/friends 'sibh' would be used.

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Cit' a bheil thu a' fuireach? (talking to a child/friend)

Cit' a bheil sibh a' fuireach? (talking to ones parents, elder, stranger, official etc)

Cit' a bheil sibh a' fuireach? (Talking to children/friends)


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Posted: 02-Jul-2004, 01:10 AM
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Oh thank you, Cu Dubh! I have been getting all this information from a Gaelic site so not sure how accurate it all is. Thank you so much for your input! I just hope brain dead me remembers it all, if not, you can knock me on the head and tell me otherwise, eh?! laugh.gif


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Posted: 02-Jul-2004, 07:30 AM
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I've heard in various places that Gaelic is disappearing. I hope this isn't true. It would be a shame to lose a language that has been around for so long to no longer be heard in it's lilting tones from the tongues of it's native people. I'm glad to see that someone is interested in learning it. Perhaps it will begin a trend to keep that part of the ancient world alive by preserving a language spoken by a very old and very proud country!
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Posted: 02-Jul-2004, 08:15 AM
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Its our hope for that as well. That's one reason that we plan to touch on all the Gaelics.


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Posted: 02-Jul-2004, 12:03 PM
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Suis leis a' Ghidhlig! - Up with Gaelic! biggrin.gif

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D an t-ainm a th' oirbh? (formal)
What is your name?

D an t-ainm a th' ort? (informal)
What is your name?


Some further points from lesson 2-

In Gaelic when you ask someone's name you are literally saying 'What the name which is on you'

Ort - On you (informal)
Oirbh - On you (formal)
Air - On him/On it
Oirre - On her/On it
Oirnn - On us
Orra - On them

So we can have phrases like:-
D an t-ainm a th' ort? - What's your name? (informal)
D an t-ainm a' th air? - What's his/it's name?
D an t-ainm a th' oirre? - What's her/ it's name
D an t-ainm a th' air an duine sin? - What's that man's name?
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Thanks so much, Cu dubh!
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