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19 September 2014

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Greetings and weather
Colin's taking a shortcut through the park. It's pension day, the park is full of grannys and Colin wants to make a good impression. How to meet and greet.

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Hello Halò
Alright?Dè ur cor?
How are you?Ciamar a tha sibh?
Good morning Madainn mhath
Good afternoon Feasgar math
There you areSin sibh
There you are dearSin thu m' eudail
Get lostThalla is tarraing
Shut your mouthDùin do bheul
Stupid person (female)òinseach
Stupid person (male)Amadan
Hi darlingHalò a ghràidh
How are you? Ciamar a tha thu?
Very well, thank you. It's hot. Tha gu math, tapadh leibh. Tha i teth.
Very well, thank you. It's raining again. (wet)Tha gu math, tapadh leibh. Tha i fliuch a-rithist.
Very well, thank you. It's warm again.Tha gu math, tapadh leibh. Tha i blàth a-rithist.
Very well, thank you. It's rotten again.Tha gu math, tapadh leibh. Tha i grod a-rithist.
Very well, thank you. It's cold today, eh? Tha gu math, tapadh leibh. Tha i fuar an-diugh, eh?
Indeed! Cheerio!Gu dearbh! Tìoraidh!
It's not!Chan eil!


footnotesGreetings: Possible responses to the greetings which you hear in this game are: Dè ur còr? (Alright?) - Deagh chòr (Lit. I'm in good form), Ciamar a tha sibh? (How are you?) - Tha mi gu math (I'm well). For Madainn mhath (Good morning), and Feasgar math - (Good afternoon/evening), the same words are said in response.

Being polite and choosing the correct form of ''you'' You may have noticed a slight variation in the words used to ask ''How are you?'' through the game. Colin asks Ciamar a tha sibh? using the plural pr formal form of you, ''sibh''. This is because Colin is here speaking to someone who is older than him. This form would also be used if talking to more than one person, a person in authority or a stranger. Therefore, when Betty asks Colin, one person, who is younger than her, she uses the singular and informal form of you ''thu'' saying ''Ciamar a tha thu?'' This form is also used when talking to a child. Colin also uses a formal/plural form with thank you, saying ''Tapadh leibh'' . The singular or informal form is ''Tapadh leat''. His greeting ''Dè ur còr?'' similarly uses the plural and formal form, this time of ''your'' ur. The singular and informal form is ''Dè do chor?''

Weather: Other common phrases in describing the weather are Latha math - (Nice day), Latha àlainn (Beautiful day), and Tha i a' dòrtadh (It's pouring).

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