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"Calum is making underpants."

Translation:Tha Calum a' dèanamh drathais.

February 29, 2020

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alan930435

when I learnt Gaelic at uni 30 years ago, I can recall the teacher telling us how to remember the words for drathais and briogais. Drathais, he said, is like the old-fashioned English word for underpants: drawers. Briogais is like one of the Scots words for trousers: breeks.


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

Also briogais is like "britches".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KPugh2

Better than stealing...at least he's not like Iain.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim606185

I guess if you're stuck on North Rona and someone has stolen your underpants and your boat, You'd probably want to make some underwear first :)


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

I sense a deeper story here waiting to be told.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Batbutch1

Perhaps to replace those that Mairi stole?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AileenRich5

I'm not sure anyone needs to know how to say this in Gaelic. It's a bit like the old foreign language pharase book that tried to teach you things like "My postillion has been struck by lightening"


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

There are in fact dozens of patterns for them on ravelry.com.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eric88877

Does anyone know how to enter grave accents on a standard laptop keyboard?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim606185

For these examples, there is a box underneath where you can select the character. The easiest way is to install language keyboards. I use the ASCII codes, so for example hold down the ALT key and type 0232. That gives you è.

Some more ideas here: https://gaelic.co/accented-letters/


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eric88877

Hi, thanks. For some reason I didn’t notice those characters. Those will suffice! Easier than using the character map.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Batbutch1

You can also activate either an international or a scots gaelic keyboard. I did the latter. Tons of 'how-to's' on the web. Once set up, it's wicked simple to switch between the SG keyboard and US English (at least it is on win 10).

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