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  5. "'S e ur beatha ollaimh."

"'S e ur beatha ollaimh."

Translation:You are welcome, professor.

January 16, 2020



Anyone know the literal translation of "S e ur beatha"? especially the "S" and the "beatha" -- which I thought means life, as in uisge-beatha , the water of life (whiskey)


I think it's because it starts with a vowel. The word itself is lenited, so it becomes "ollaimh". There's a great explanation here: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/35555615


Ollaimh isn't lenited.

Apart from that you're correct.


S' e do bheatha Iain vs S' e ur beatha Ollaimh Both means You Are Welcome, What is the differance between "do bheatha" & ur beatha"


OK, I just figured it out after posting, but here is the explanation. Hopefully it can be helpful to others.

S' e do bheatha Iain =(Used when speaking to an older person or one not familiar with, More Formal)

S' e ur beatha Ollaimh= (Used when speaking to a younger person you are familiar with, ((or someone similar in age)) Less Formal)

The professor (formal)

Iain (more familiar)

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    I think it's the other way around. Do for familiar and Ur for polite.


    Literally the wrong way around, also " 'S e" not "S' e". Do is second person singular (thu), ur is second person plural (sibh), and Gàidhlig uses the latter as a formal in much the same way as most European languages.


    Just wondering why it is just "ollamh" here and not "a ollamh".


    Starts with a vowel, so doesn't get the a.


    Thanks for the replies. All seems clearer now....until the next time :)


    In the earlier topic, it was written as Ollaimh (capital O) - is there a difference (I thought that was the proper vocative form), or is that just a case of addressing the professor politely?


    It was probably just at the start of a sentence. No need to capitalize.


    When pronouncing "'S e", are you meant to run the two sounds together? It sounds like that when you have the full sentence read aloud, but if you select individual words, they really hit the 'S hard.


    What is the diference between "Fàilte" and " 'S e ur beatha"?


    Fàilte is "welcome" as in greeting a person, the second is "you are welcome" - reply to "thanks" :)


    When do you use ùr às apposed to do?


    Úr is formal and/or plural, do is singular informal. Like Sie and du in German, or you and thee in shakespearean English.


    Why is "beatha" used instead of "bheatha?" I thought the "v" sound was meant to be formal?

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