Things to write in your Gaelic books
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This is a bookmark I made, using the Gaelic proverb "Tiugaidh fear-leughaidh leth fhacal" - the reader understands half a word.
Here's a few other things suitable for bookplates or inscriptions (Note that (ainm) means you can insert your name at this point:
Buinidh an leabhar seo ri (ainm)
This book belongs to (name)
Is le (ainm) an leabhar seo
Another way of saying this book belongs to you
As na leabhraichean Gaidhlig aig (ainm)
From the Gaelic books of (name) / Ex libris
Note there is a grave accent on the "a" in Gaidhlig. There is also one on the "a" in "as", but it is not shown on a capital letter.
Leughar a' Ghaidhlig an seo
Gaelic is read here (accent as before)
The grammar does not require you to modify your name in any of these.
And finally, two little poems:
The first is an extract, in modern Scottish Gaelic, from Pangur Ban
"M' fhior thaitneas
thar gach cliu
Grave accents on "i" in fhior, and the "u" in both cliu and dluth.
It means "My true delight / more than any glory / my book / to read closely"
The second is a complete poem, by Rody Gorman, after a poem by Tom Raworth
"Nach Bi Sibh
It means "Won't you read me? Thank you"
>3 Tapadh leat, MaelBrigde! Lovely to see a posting from someone other than me on here : )
>5 Procrastination is one of my favourite things - you never know where it can lead. James Thurber once wrote a whole book The Wonderful O when he was supposed to be doing something else - and it's a wonderful book, too.
If you like to note when you started / finished reading a book, you can write:
Thòisich : (date)
Chriochnaich : (date)
Thanks - I made them. If you e-mail me directly, I can send you some if you like.
>11 Never enough to do the things I love - including reading Gaelic! How's your learning going?
Terrible. I have been working day and night on school work - marking and reports. But my daughter has been working on the language for 6 months now.
If you like to note where and when you bought your books, you can do it in Gaelic like this:
an leabhar seo
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