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PostPosted: Sat 01 Feb 2020 2:18 am 
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Hello all and Hi from Canada

Made a bit of a blunder and had great help with a translation on the Irish board. Then when I confirmed with my Mother I was incorrect on my Granfathers heritage. He is Scottish. It was my Grandmother that was Irish. So that being said looking for some help with the translation for a memorial for my Grandfather who recently passed. Tried Google translate but as I'm sure you all know not the best resource for correct translations.

The phrase I'm looking to get translated to Scottish Gaelic is:

" How sweet it is"

Google translates answer is:

“Dè cho milis 'sa tha e”

Any help on confirming or what the correct translation would is super appreciated. Would like to have it engraved for his memorial as it was his favorite saying.

Thanks all in advance.


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PostPosted: Sat 01 Feb 2020 9:05 pm 
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The phrase I'm looking to get translated to Scottish Gaelic is:
" How sweet it is"

Google translates answer is:
“Dè cho milis 'sa tha e”

You'd have the same problems there as those which were pointed out in the exchange where you got Irish suggestions:
-- is a question word (it's actually a contraction of the words "Cad è ..." , meaning "What is ..."), and
-- milis is normally used literally in Gaelic, not figuratively the way it can be used in English,
so you'd be asking (not exclaiming) how (literally) sweet something is.

You could use expressions like the following to get essentially the same meaning, but perhaps without the catchiness of the English expression (not all expressions in a given language can be duplicated in another language):

Tha e gasta, nach eil?
It's great, isn't it?

or

Bha sin direach gasta!
That was really great!

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PostPosted: Tue 04 Feb 2020 6:14 pm 
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Thanks a bunch for the help.

So would It be right that

“How sweet it is”

literally translates to

“cho milis 'sa tha e”

And again thanks for all of the help


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PostPosted: Tue 04 Feb 2020 11:16 pm 
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Fishnhound wrote:
Thanks a bunch for the help.

So would It be right that

“How sweet it is”

literally translates to

“cho milis 'sa tha e”

And again thanks for all of the help

No, it would translate literally as "... as sweet as it is", and couldn't really stand on its own.
It would not be the equivalent of the English expression you want.

And, by the way, it should be: ... cho milis 's a tha e
The 's part is a contraction of the word agus, and the following "a" is a separate word.

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PostPosted: Thu 06 Feb 2020 10:10 pm 
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Following up on the latest suggestion made in the Irish thread, you might also use:

Tha aoibhneach i, a' bheatha, nach eil?
Life is joyful, isn't it?

or

Tha iongantach i, a' bheatha, nach eil?
Life is wonderful, isn't it?

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