Am I understanding this right: "Chan eil" essentially means the statement "don't" or "do not" while "Nach eil" essentially mean the question of "don't".
Can anyone confirm that understanding?
Aye, it's like this:
Tha ... = ... is / are | Cha'n eil ... = ... isn't / aren't
A bheil ... ? = Is / are ... ? | Nach eil ... ? = Isn't / aren't ... ?
That’s my understanding
Chan eil piseag agad. A kitten is not at you. You don’t have a kitten.
Nach eil piseag agad Is not a kitten at you. Don’t you have a kitten?
Chan eil = statement, Nach eil = question
How does one distinguish between bhrathair and mhathair in this reading??? I absolutely can't hear the first "r" :-(
I was with you, in hearing no difference, but after reading John Chappel's advice I replayed it repeatedly and eventually heard the faintest of 'th' sounds after the initial 'v'
Practice listening. They are quite distinct, so if you are not hearing it, you need to listen to more Gàidhlig.