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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ollie-Benson

A quick way to test your Scottish Gaelic knowledge - outside of Duolingo!

Halò a chàirdean! (Hello friends!) :-) I found this useful website which quickly tests your knowledge of Scottish Gaelic in 3 questions. It's also a good website to use when/if you ever finish with Duolingo! Hope it helps!

  • https://learngaelic.scot

Also does anyone know if there is a word for "Hi" in Scottish Gaelic? I haven't come across it in the course yet.

Also how would you say "Hope it helps" if there are any Scottish Gaelic speakers here? :D

December 2, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tha-seo-taghta

Hi is just "hi". Hello is "halò".

There's a couple ways you could translate "Hope it helps". "Tha mi 'n dòchas gu bheil seo cuideachail" (lit. "I hope that this is helpful") is probably the simplest in terms of grammar.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ollie-Benson

Tapadh leat, a caran-neonach! :-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tj4234

I'm told by my elderly relatives that saying hello in Gaelic (which we just say Halò as caran-neonach said) is a relatively new thing and that they would always start a conversation by asking how someone was. So for example they would greet people by saying something along the lines of Ciamar a tha thu? Or Dè do chor? (Dè do chor means "what's your condition?")


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ollie-Benson

Mòran taing, a tj4234! Ciamar a tha thu, a charaid? :-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iLsxBQuC

Many years ago in Skye, I heard greetings among young folk which were just the word Ciamar? asked as a question. Thanks to all who have posted on this thread. Most helpful. Lingots all round.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rona460381

I've seen Hi spelt Haigh in Gaelic, but as mentioned elsewhere I think this is a recent phenomenon!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mi-Fhin

I understand from native speakers that 'Sin thu' is a common form of greeting or 'Sin thu fhèin' (lit. 'it's yourself' - which you occasionally hear said by English speakers - the English version that is). I've also heard this on Bannan (Gaelic soap opera) and elsewhere. It is often quickly followed by 'Ciamar a tha thu' or similar.

'Hi' as a greeting (and to some extent even 'hello') is linguistically new even in English! It was originally a statement of surprise (and often spelled 'hullo') but was adopted as the preferred method of answering that new fangled and diabolical intrusion into our lives - the telephone. The original greeting preferred by Alexander Graham Bell was 'Ahoy-hoy'... and it is Mr Burns' (The Simpsons) method of answering the telephone instead of the oh-so prosaic 'Hello' preferred by Edison. I suppose to settle the matter they had a bout of fisticuffs and as Bell fell to the floor from Edison's right-hook he said 'hullo' in his surprise before passing out, thus settling the matter once and for all. Historical accounts, like your mileage, may vary ;)

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