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19 September 2014

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Offering to help out at the quiz night, Colin finds himself on cloakroom duty! His conversation for the night...

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Who are you?Cò thu?
I'm Angus Is mise Aonghas
I'm JohnIs mise Iain
I'm JamesIs mise Seumas
I'm ChrisIs mise Crìsdean
I'm DavidIs mise Daibhidh
I'm KennethIs mise Coinneach
I'm MichaelIs mise Mìcheal
I'm William Is mise Uilleam
I'm KevinIs mise Caomhainn
I'm PaulIs mise Pòl

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I'm Anne Is mise Anna
I'm JoanneIs mise Seonag
I'm JaneIs mise Sìne
I'm CatherineIs mise Catrìona
I'm ElizabethIs mise Ealasaid
I'm HelenIs mise Eilidh
I'm MaryIs mise Màiri
I'm RachelIs mise Raonaid
I'm MargaretIs mise Mairead
I'm ChristinaIs mise Cairistìona

footnotesNames: Some Gaelic names such as Iain (John), Mòrag (Marion) and Màiri (Mary) are commonly used in English. Not all names or surnames however have a Gaelic translation.

Forms of the word "you": The two questions introduced in this game use the singular and informal form of the word you "thu". Cò thu? - Who are you? This form is used when addressing: a child, a friend or someone of a similar age. The plural and formal form of the word you is "sibh". Cò sibh? This is used when addressing: more than one person, someone older than you, someone in authority or someone you don't know.

The question Dè an t-ainm a th' ort? - What's you name? (Lit. What name is on you?) is also in the singular and informal form. Here the words "thu" and "air", meaning on, have been combined to become "ort" meaning "on you". The plural and formal form combines the words "sibh" (you) and "air" (on) to make "oirbh" which also means "on you".

The plural or formal form of the question What is your name? would therefore be - Dè an t-ainm a th' òirbh?

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