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Brief Update - gu math / audio

Dè tha dol, a chàirdean?

A couple of wee updates here:

  1. We have updated sentences where "gu math" qualifies an adjective:

"Tha i gu math fuar." - It is really cold.

Previously we used "quite" which is too ambiguous in English so we have replaced it with "really in all translations. Thanks for the feedback.

  1. Updating Audio

The course contains about 7000 audio recordings. The vast majority are grand, but some are indistinct or too quiet. We have flagged these sentences to replace but unfortunately a bug is preventing us from doing so at this moment as it stops us recording. Duo staff are working away at it, so hopefully it wont be long! Audio cannot be deleted, only recorded over. I've even bought a fancy new mic (not that fancy).

Thanks for the patience and for all the help!

January 9, 2020



Thanks that's gu math useful...


thank you for this. Ones I struggle with are athair mathair which sometimes sound like athait/mathait. Much happier now that I have found the grammar notes and tips and loving the humour too.


Generally an r with an i before it sounds like a cross between and r and an English “th” sound. The degree to which the th sound appears depends on the speaker.


Aha. That explains it. All these little subtleties which are difficult to pick up on. Thanks.


Glad you enjoyed them. I really didn’t want them to be dry!


Re: Really/Quite. One should not replace the other. They don’t indicate the same meaning. It’s a matter of degree. Being «quite happy » falls short of being «really happy ». If my wife were to say she was  »quite » happy to see me after a protracted absence, I would wonder why she wasn’t  »really » happy to see me as she had said the last time. Hmm... has something changed? Words matter! D


The thing with 'quite' is some people use it to mean 'a bit' (much like yourself) and others use it to mean 'really'. That's exactly why we changed it, to avoid ambiguity. :)


Thanks for the change! I was getting quite confused by those sentences, especially in the negative.


Yay! The ambiguity was confusing.


True. That’s why ambiguity was created by the devil. D


Tapadh leibh! / Go raibh maith agaibhse!


I've just come across some very quiet recordings in Days - depending on how often they pop up in level 3 onwards I may need to skip the listening exercises which would be a shame. I am not having a go at you by the way!


Hey! thanks for letting us know. We've identified these ones and have recorded some alternatives so they don't pop us as often but a bug is preventing us getting them out of the course entirely. Hopefully it wont be long! :)


Is this in essence like go mo'r in another branch of Gaelic? Mo'r approximately means big, the adverb could mean 'much'. 'gu math' looks like Greatly, from Good...

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