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PostPosted: Tue 29 Jun 2021 2:36 pm 
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I'm looking for an Irish phrase which corresponds to the English "to catch up with someone" as in to talk to someone you haven't seen in a while. All the phrases I found in the dictionary refer to catching up with someone while walking etc. Does anyone have any suggestions? Grma

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PostPosted: Tue 29 Jun 2021 3:18 pm 
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I don't think there's anything that implies "catching up on someone's news". What about ag cabaireacht le chéile?


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PostPosted: Tue 29 Jun 2021 3:38 pm 
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~RibeRóibéis~ wrote:
I'm looking for an Irish phrase which corresponds to the English "to catch up with someone" as in to talk to someone you haven't seen in a while. All the phrases I found in the dictionary refer to catching up with someone while walking etc. Does anyone have any suggestions? Grma


I am still not sure that I understand the English idiom well enough
but de Bhaldraithe’s dictionary supplies a direct translation (3) for "to catch up with s.o." in whatever meaning:

https://www.teanglann.ie/ga/eid/catch_up
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catch up,
v.tr. 1 Beirim ar, fostaím (rud). We were caught up in this wave of enthusiasm, scuab an taom dúthrachta seo leis sinn.
2 To catch s.o. up (in a speech), breith gearr ar dhuine,
3 (Overtake) To catch s.o. up, v.i. to catch up with s.o., teacht suas le duine, coinneáil le duine, breith ar dhuine.


The intended meaning (talk to s.o.) isn’t to be found here:
https://www.focloir.ie/ga/dictionary/ei/catch+up+with

But here you can find "talk and find out news"
https://www.focloir.ie/ga/dictionary/ei/catch+up


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PostPosted: Tue 29 Jun 2021 3:44 pm 
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Thank you both... Something to think about... If anyone else has any ideas please help

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What does beir geárr ar dhuine mean? De Bhaldraithe says "to catch someone up in a speech", but that doesn't mean anything to me.


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PostPosted: Wed 30 Jun 2021 9:05 pm 
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djwebb2021 wrote:
What does beir geárr ar dhuine mean? De Bhaldraithe says "to catch someone up in a speech", but that doesn't mean anything to me.


"bheith gearr le duine" - I think that's the same as "to be short with somebody", to talk to them rudely, or dismissively.
And I think "to catch someone up (in speech)" has the same meaning, like you point out a mistake in a rude way. But I may be totally wrong as I can't find any reference online to prove it. I am probably wrong :LOL:


as for catching up meaning "sharing news with somebody", I can't think of a specific phrase that means that, but maybe "comhrá" - "chat" with somebody.


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GRMA, a Bhríd!

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The fourth meaning here: https://www.focloir.ie/ga/dictionary/ei/catch+up seems to be what you're looking for. I don't know how idiomatic it is because I've never heard it said (but my experience is limited.)

4 (v + adv) talk and find out news INTRANSITIVE
we spent some time catching up chaitheamar seal ag fáil amach cén scéala is déanaí againn


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KathyM wrote:
The fourth meaning here: https://www.focloir.ie/ga/dictionary/ei/catch+up seems to be what you're looking for. I don't know how idiomatic it is because I've never heard it said (but my experience is limited.)

4 (v + adv) talk and find out news INTRANSITIVE
we spent some time catching up chaitheamar seal ag fáil amach cén scéala is déanaí againn


Yes, you're right Kathy. But that only means "we spent a period of time finding out what our latest news was", rather than "catching up with each other". It's nice when you're learning a language to "ring the changes", and not use the same phrases repeatedly, but Irish vocabulary seems smaller than English -- an impression that may partly be cause the most idiomatic/colloquial phrase in the Gaelthacht areas may not be known to dictionaries or to learners in the Gallthacht at all.....


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PostPosted: Fri 30 Jul 2021 1:12 am 
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What about ag cadráil (ag cadragáil) lena chéile?
Nothing exactly replicates the meaning of "catching up".


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