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Anyone fluent Scottish Gaelic?

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AuntieBrenda · 08/02/2014 20:12

Sorry if I've misspelled Gaelic

I need a translation of 'my son' in Scottish

Could anyone help me?
Tia Thanks

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eatyourveg · 08/02/2014 20:25
mawbroon · 09/02/2014 23:29

No idea, sorry.

But I know how to say "I have a potato" if that's any help? Grin

ghostinthecanvas · 09/02/2014 23:33

Mo chridhe
not sure of the spelling. It will be on google I bet.

MsMarvel · 09/02/2014 23:35

the gaelic for son is 'mac' pronounced machk. thats where the surnames starting with 'mac' come from , so macdonald would translate as 'son of donald'

is it something for a tattoo you're looking for? because 'leanabh' means child and sounds a lot more poetic. 'my child' would be 'mo leanabh'

MsMarvel · 09/02/2014 23:36

feel free to pm me if you want to know anything else, just in case I lose this thread! my Gaelic is rusty, but my mum is a gaelic teacher so knows her stuff!

ghostinthecanvas · 09/02/2014 23:38

Yup. Cos I asked my mum (fluent)! And out of habit she told me darling or love....cos thats what she calls him. Mac is correct. My son being mo mhac.

ShellyF · 09/02/2014 23:38

mo mhac...I think!

ghostinthecanvas · 09/02/2014 23:40

Crosspost MissMarvel. Thanks for not calling me a numpty Flowers

CouthyMow · 09/02/2014 23:40

Should be mo mhac? Not spoken a word of Gaelic in 17 years though...

AuntieBrenda · 10/02/2014 16:22

Thank you all for answering me and not directing me to t'internet! I'd rather get it from the speakers mouth, as it were
My gran was from Shetland - is there such a thing as Shetland dialect or am I making that up? Anyone know?
Yes, I am thinking of a tattoo - I'm so obvious! Ha!
Mumsnet is great - you can find out anything here! X

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mawbroon · 10/02/2014 16:32

Oh yes, they have a whole other thing going on in Shetland!!

I am not sure though if it is "just" a dialect or is classed as a separate language

AuntieBrenda · 10/02/2014 20:38

Anyone know where I can find out about Shetland dialect then? I actually find this fascinating.
My gran was from Lerwick and lived here in Wales since ww2. She's been dead now for about 10 years and we're not in contact with any of her family so I can't ask them!

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NoHaudinMaWheest · 14/02/2014 13:29

As Shetland was ruled by Norway until the 15th century they used a language called Norn which was related to other Scandinavian languages. In the 15th century Shetland and Orkney became part of Scotland and lowland Scots moved there bringing their Scots language with them. Norn continued to be spoken until the 18th century but was gradually replaced with a distinctive form of Scots containing a lot of Norn derived vocabulary. This is what is spoken in Shetland today. Whether you call it a language or a dialect is a controversial political issue (same for Scots).

Wikipaedia has an article under Shetland Scots with a link to a youtube clip of spoken Shetland.

AuntieBrenda · 14/02/2014 16:51

Thank you! I love this, bloody marvellous! Thanks

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sarahquilt · 28/03/2014 08:31

mo mhac in Irish.

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