Monday, February 21, 2011

Word Nerd 2

Word Nerd àireamh a h-Aon.

Seo an facal: lachanaich.

Tha e a' ciallachadh: "laughing loudly, loud laughter. thòisich iad air lachanaich they began laughing (loudly)." (Bho "The Gaelic-English Dictionary by Colin Mark)

Previous Word Nerd: Word Nerd 1.

Here's the word: lachanaich

It means: "laughing loudly, loud laughter. thòisich iad air lachanaich they began laughing (loudly)." (From The Gaelic-English Dictionary by Colin Mark)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dà "links"

Dìreach post beag dhuibh an-diugh. Seo da "links" agus tha iad inntinneach, tha mise a' smaoineachadh. Tapadh le Gaelcast.

Just a short post for you today. Here are two links, and they're interesting, or at least I think so. :) Thanks to Gaelcast.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Word Nerd 1

Bha beachd agam mu phost ùr -- faclan Gàidhlig a tha inntinneach agus gu bheil còrdadh rium! :)

So I had an idea for a bit of a series -- random Gaelic words that I think are interesting and that I like! :)

Seo a' chiad facal: ait. (Chan eil accent an seo! :) Agus seo dè tha e a' ciallachadh (bho m' fhaclair -- The Gaelic-English Dictionary le Colin Mark.):

Here's the first word: ait. (There isn't an accent there! :) And here's what it means (from my dictionary -- The Gaelic-English Dictionary by Colin Mark):

"1. Blithe, cheerful, cheery, droll, funny... joyful. Gu h-ait he spoke cheerfully. 2. funny, odd, peculiar, strange. 's e duine caran ait a bh' ann he was a rather odd fellow."

Bithibh ait uile!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Giotàr update

As you may remember, I started playing the guitar about three months ago. I've made a lot of progress since then, I think, and I certainly have learned a lot! I've picked out the Gaelic song, "Loch Maruibhe" from Fiona J MacKenzie's cd and I can play the melody and I am working on chords and now singing with chords. I've learned a lot about music theory -- how to pick out chords of a song based on the notes, and before that, how scales are formed. I can play the melody of Joy to the World, the arpeggio of "The House of the Rising Sun" (albeit very slowly), and am starting to learn how to play "Greensleeves."

One of the problems I've been having is that my hands are rather weak. I've never really had to develop the muscles in my hands because besides typing (and washing dishes :) I don't use them beyond the normal things that anyone would do with their hands. I've started an exercise to learn how to bar -- cover all the strings with your index finger -- which is hard to do until I develop the muscles there.

So that's all for now!

(*I would like to apologize for my last post -- I hadn't realized that the Gaelic for Punks had crude language as I only listened to the first phrase. I've now deleted the post. Thank you for understanding.*)