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 Post subject: Birthday greetings
PostPosted: Mon 17 Sep 2012 5:29 am 
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Just for practice once again, another Gaelic request from the "old site" which has gone unanswered there for several weeks:

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Thank you for your help in translating the following sentence into Scottish Gaelic:
May the celebration of the anniversary of your birth be filled with smiles and laughter and the love of family and friends.


The combination of words "celebration of the anniversary of your birth" would end up being cumbersome if translated more or less literally into Gaelic, so I've taken the liberty of shortening it below. In any case, the Scottish Gaelic term for "birthday", ceann-bliadhna, has a literal meaning which is somewhat like that of the word "anniversary" (and doesn't even contain the word "birth"). It's analogous to the French word anniversaire as used in the expression "Bon anniversaire" ("Happy Birthday"), and it wouldn't be surprising to learn that it was created by analogy to the French expression (French influence on Scotland was very great for a number of centuries).

Gum bi cumail fèille do cheann-bliadhna
May the celebration of your birthday be

lìonta le faitichean-gàire agus le gàireachdainn
filled with smiles and with laughter

agus le gràdh an teaghlaich 's gràdh nan càirdean
and the love of family and the love of friends.

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 Post subject: Re: Birthday greetings
PostPosted: Mon 17 Sep 2012 6:19 pm 
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Bonne anniversaire


it's bon anniversaire (masculine noun) :)
Anniversaire comes from Latin, annus = year and versare = to turn

Isn't it possible to say "co-latha breith" or sthg like that in Gaelic? (I'm too lazy to verify :mrgreen: )

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 Post subject: Re: Birthday greetings
PostPosted: Tue 18 Sep 2012 10:30 pm 
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Isn't it possible to say "co-latha breith" or sthg like that in Gaelic? (I'm too lazy to verify :mrgreen: )


Yes, co-là-breith also works. I think it's less common, but then it might also be a regional thing.

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