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  1. i hope any/all concerned know that after the movie (as in right now they are broadcasting a live performance of the music from the movie (and joshua bell is, as it were, ripping it up
  2. electric violinists have interesting harnesses which they use to secure their violins while doing crazy 'rock-star' type moves. davidk just bought an electric from some fellow(the post is called "just got my new violin" or words to that effect)who sells other violins with these harnesses. i would imagine that it is possible to alter one of these harnesses to be used with a regular instrument, so perhaps contacting the fellow who sells them with his violins could be a fruitful endevour. best of luck!
  3. from what i've been told, they would understand eachother for the most part, but the languages are different enough to be rather noticable. for instance: cén chaoi a bhfuil tú? and ciamar a tha thu? are the same question, one posed in irish, the other in scottish gaelic. even pronunciation-wise they are rather different, but supposedly everyone will understand, no matter how you ask! now, if the more knowledgable people would be so kind as to provide a worthy answer. . . [This message has been edited by MacCeol (edited 04-24-2001).]
  4. i can't tell you about the rest of it, but generally morag is a woman's name and a fairly common (and old) one at that. have a good day all!
  5. i know it's been a while, but if you'd like another group of links, there's a bunch of them at my old gaelic prof's page which can be found here: http://www.stfx.ca/people/knilsen/welcome.html
  6. DavidK, do you know any places where a recording of Maazel's "Farewells" can be found? the only recording i heard was on the radio and apparently it was a 'for broadcast only' kinda thing, and i an aching to enjoy it again. thanks for any help!
  7. we were briefly introduced to the various introductions in different dialects, and if i recall correctly Ciamar a tha sibh? would be scottish gaelic, tho isn't that plural? seems like our prof said ciamar a tha thu? would be for singular, but i don't remember well now. and as for Nic, is that not like Ní? that would be properly for a daughter, and as it stands, i am a son so for now, i'll stick with mac randall, if you're more up on your gaelic studies than i am(which would, unfortunately, not be much of a feat ), could you give the scottish gaelic translation of those sayings? i'm just soo out of practice (and even then i was not too experienced)that i'm really scrapping. [This message has been edited by MacCeol (edited 04-07-2001).]
  8. just a note on the the languages of the isles: irish and scottish gaelic are somewhat alike, enough so that a fluent speaker of one can generally understand a fluent speaker of the other manx, welsh etc. are rather different from scottish gaelic and irish, but they do share some phonetic qualities. i don't know about comprehension of the other languages tho as i have yet to hear much of either of them. cornish is another one that's in the same family, but again, i'm not sure in terms of cross-linguistic comprehension and phonetic resemblence. if i ever find my notes from class, i'll be sure to post the basics
  9. Gu dearbh, tha agam cuideachd an criomag na gàidhlige --ged chan eil an gràmar. i thought this was humorous, that's all! randall-my memory may not serve me well, but gaelic does not follow the "plural/formal" kind of thing, it's just plural(tho as i said, i might not be remembering this properly)
  10. well, for starters, ta gaeilge beagan agam means "i have a little gaelic." if i were a fluent speaker, i would have said "ta gaeilge agam," but i don't have all of it and i don't remember all of what i did once have : ) i took my course through harvard's summer program but there are various ways to learn, and one of the most highly recommended would be the "teach yourself" series. one thing to watch for, gaelic means scottish gaelic(generally), and a course in irish will be called just that(or more likely, modern irish) as for pronunciation, it's sorta complicated. i'll try and 'phoneticize' a couple of these, but it will not likely be much help. if you think you'd prefer one title over another, that might be easier. so, here we go: sa mho chor = "sa whoa chor" (where ch is the 'clearing your throat' sound you might associate with german) shábháil = "ha wyl" (although you really want to get that ái in the end) coinnigh mé = "conni(gh) may" (let the gh be slightly pronounced but do not end with a "g" sound, and think french on that é) if you'd like to hear some gaelic spoken(although i admit you probably won't understand much ) [This message has been edited by MacCeol (edited 04-06-2001).]
  11. Ta gaeilge beagan agam. sa mo chor ta me san ait a ba cheam dom shabhail coinnigh me na croi bhain leis na taithi there should be 'accents' over the first e and third a in the second line, the two a's in line 3, the e in line 4, the fist a and firs i in line 5 and the first a and last i in line 6 if anyone else feels better about their gaelic, please speak up! best of luck! oh, a note on pronunciation(if you care), the mh is pronounced like a w, the ch is pronounced like you're clearing your throat, the sh is pronounced like an h. those are the big one's anyway [This message has been edited by MacCeol (edited 04-06-2001).]
  12. hrrmmmm..... and for those of us not in the know. . . ummmmmmm, little help?
  13. just a note: mozart did not die a pauper. the common notion that he did die a pauper stems mostly from his buriel in a mass grave, but this was actually a trend at the time. sort of a middle class pride kind of thing. he was actually a collector of billiard tables(and quite a player)toward his later years. he did ask for loans from his friends, but this was more to support a rather lavish lifestyle(if you look at the price of a good pool table, you can imagine just how lavish a lifestyle he was living! ) sorry to put in this rather tangental point, but i do think it's somewhat important to note, if not for any reason other than to dispell a common myth. as for who i would be? well, i hate to be a softie about it, but i think i'd have to pick a somewhat modern violinist, because i'm afraid that i wouldn't be very fond of life before electricity and indoor plumbing! so, if i had to pick one in particular, i'd say hillary hanh(sp?) simply because she seems like such a nice person and she seems rather content with life, and i sure would like to satisfy both of those criterea boy, never thought i'd pick a female! must be too late! have a good one!
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