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"IRN BRU! Thank you, teacher!"

Translation:IRN BRU! Tapadh leibh a thidseir!

November 29, 2019



Why do we use leat instead of leibh?


leat = informal singular

leibh = plural / formal singular


But isn't leibh also formal? That's what I would have guessed to be the appropriate version here.


A teacher is a person who commands respect, therefore only leibh should be accepted in my opinion.


I am a little bit confused: looking up around on the web and on scottish-gaelic dictionaries I have found teacher = tidsear. Which one is correct, "tidsear" or "tidseir" ("a thidsear" or "a thidseir")???


I think we may be looking at the "vocative" case for tidsear. If you address a male person, you lenite and add an "i" before the last letter to slenderize it (Calum becomes a Chaluim). "Tidsear" is a male noun. In this case, I think (won't bet the farm on it!) that since there is already an "ea" the "a" is changed to "i" (rather than have an -eair) and it becomes "thidseir".


That is correct. You raise the interesting question of what to do where there is a diphthong there already. The official rules are horrendous, because of all the possibilities, so I am not giving the list (which I would have to get out of a book). In practice, it is changed to something sensible ending in an i. You will recognise them when you see them, and gradually learn them. D


In this case, I would use leibh. I agree - a teacher is not a peer and should be allocated the respect of "leibh". I am allowed to use either for màthair or athair. It should be an option with tidsear as well.


'leibh' and 'leat' are always interchangeable in the course, as in - we'll always accept both :)


My dictionary has an alternative spelling (tidsear)


Why the "a" as in "a thidseir?"

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