Monday, April 11, 2011

Ann an (in a) with new nouns and a new verb

  Tha mi ag obair ann an... (Ha mee ahk opair aun ahn...)  I am working in a...
  • Tha mi ag obair ann an campa.  (KAHM-puh) camp.
  • Tha mi ag obair ann an cidsin.  (KEED-shin) kitchen.
  • Tha mi ag obair ann an garaids. (GAHR-adj) garage.
  • Tha mi ag obair ann an gàrradh.  (GAHR-agh) This can mean either garden or wall/ dyke.
  • Tha mi ag obair ann an gruagaire. (GROO-uh-gaire) hairdresser.
Try it with old verbs:
  • Tha mi a' coisich ann an campa.
  • Tha mi a' coisich  ann an cidsin.
  • Tha mi a' coisich  ann an garaids.
  • Tha mi a' coisich  ann an gàrradh.
  • Tha mi a' coisich ann an gruagaire.
*Reminder: ag verb is used when the verb starts with a vowel.  A' verb is used when the verb starts with a consonant.
And a' draibhadh (driving):
  • Tha mi a' draibhadh ann an campa.
  • Tha mi a' draibhadh  ann an cidsin.
  • Tha mi a' draibhadh  ann an garaids.
  • Tha mi a' draibhadh  ann an gàrradh.
  • Tha mi a' draibhadh ann an gruagaire.
What can I say?  I have a very large kitchen, garden, garage, and hairdresser.  I need a càr to get around!
ag ithe (eating):
  • Tha mi ag ithe ann an campa.
  • Tha mi ag ithe  ann an cidsin.
  • Tha mi ag ithe  ann an garaids.
  • Tha mi ag ithe ann an gàrradh.
  • Tha mi ag ithe ann an gruagaire.
And a new verb, a' cadail (uh CAH-dul) sleeping:
  • Tha mi a' cadail ann an campa.
  • Tha mi a' cadail  ann an cidsin.
  • Tha mi a' cadail  ann an garaids.
  • Tha mi a' cadail ann an gàrradh.
  • Tha mi a' cadail ann an gruagaire.  (Hope she doesn't mind too much.)
Today's Listening, Can Seo, Episode 8, Part 2:

Don't worry if this seems like too much.  Just listening and getting a feel for the sounds is good for learning, and I'll be going back through these videos soon and covering what's in them more in depth.  I understand there is a Can Seo book for sale, and would be happy to link to it if I could find it.  So far, I haven't, so it may be out of print.  If anyone has a link, please let me know.
New here?  Jump to Lesson One.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ann am with More Vocabulary

I work in a...
  • Tha mi ag obair ann an amar-snamh.  (AH-mar SNAHV) swimming pool.
  • Tha mi ag obair ann an ard-sgoil.  (AHRD-skohl) high school.
  • Tha mi ag obair ann an cafaidh.  (CAH-fee)  cafe.
  • Tha mi ag obair ann an caisteal.  (CAHSH-teel) castle.  (Don't I wish!)
Can Seo, Episode 8, Part 1:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

More Ann Am (In a)

  Ann am (aun ahm) in a
  • Tha mi ag obair ann am pairc.  (PAIR-ik) park.
  • Tha mi ag obair ann am plean.  (plane) plane.
  • Tha mi ag obair ann am port-adhair.  (pohrt AHghair) airport.
  • Tha mi ag obair ann am partaidh.  (PAHR-tee) party.
Can Seo, Episode 7, Part 2.  Telling Time

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ann am/ Ann an (in a)

 ANN AM/ ANN AN (aun* ahm/ aun ahn) in a
*aun as in rhyming with clown
AM is used with b, f, m, p:
  • Tha mi ag obair ann am buth.  (Ha mee ah-GOH-pair aun ahm boo)  I am working in a shop.
  • Tha mi ag obair ann am bar.  ( (Ha mee ah-GOH-pair aun ahm bahr)  I am working in a bar.
  • Tha mi ag obair ann am bata.   (Ha mee ah-GOH-pair aun ahm BAH-tuh)  I am working in a boat.
Can Seo, Episode 7, Part 1:

Monday, March 21, 2011

Last Post on Dhan + Lenition

Remember:
  • If the noun following dhan starts with b, c, f, g, m, or p, it is lenited.

  • When P lenites to PH, it is pronounced F:
    • Tha sinn a’ dol dhan phairc. (pairc—park) FAIRC
    • Tha sinn a’ dol dhan phartaidh. (partaidh—party) FAR-tee
    • Tha sinn a’ dol dhan phort-adhair. (port-adhair—airport) FORT-AGeer
    Use these new words with the previous verbs and pronouns:
    Pronouns:
    • mi, e, i, sinn, iad, thu, sibh
    Verbs:
    • Tha mi a’ coisich dhan...  I walk to the...  (I am walking)
    • Tha mi a’ draibhadh dhan  I drive to the...   (I am driving)
    Review:
    • If you want to say I am going to.... (without 'the'), the word is a.  Tha mi a' dol a....
    Today's Listening: Can Seo, Episode 6, Part 2:

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011

    Dhan: more leniting with G and M

      When the G lenites to GH, it becomes an almost unvoiced G sound.
    • Tha sinn a’ dol dhan gharaids. (garaids—garage) ghahrage
    • Tha sinn a’ dol dhan gharradh. (garradh—garden) GHARR-ug
    • Tha sinn a’ dol dhan ghleann. (gleann—glen) ghlen
     When M lenites to MH, it is pronounced V:
    • Tha sinn a’ dol dhan mheadhan. (meadhan—center) VEH-gan
    • Tha sinn a’ dol dhan mhod. (mod—festival, gathering) VOT
    • Tha sinn a’ dol dhan mhullach. (mullach—top, summit) VUH-lahch
    Today's Listening, Can Seo, Episode 6, Part 1:

    Monday, March 14, 2011

    Leniting with F

    Lenition is, pardon the pun, foreign to the English language.  Therefore it bears repeating:
    • If the noun following dhan starts with b, c, f, g, m, or p, it is lenited.
    Remember: when the F is lenited, FH is silent.
    • Tha i a’ dol dhan fhaclair. (AHclair) faclaire—dictionary
    • Tha i a’ dol dhan fheis. (aysh)  feis—festival
    • Tha i a’ dol dhan fheill. (EH-ill)  feill—sale
    Today's Listening: Can Seo (are you surprised!?) Episode 5, Part 2: