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    Proverbs And Tattoos

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    Proverbs and Tattoos
    from David G: Texas Gael (texasgaidheal) photos on Sat 28/07/12 17:34

    I have been getting many requests to translate English phrases and proverbs for use in tattoos. These translations can certainly be done, but the Gaelic-speaking culture has an immense heritage of proverbs an saying, which certainly have more value than just to be used as a tattoo.

    (I would also encourage those who do get a Gaelic tattoo, and even those who would never get a tattoo, to learn the language. It has a bit of a reputation for being difficult, but the appearance of difficulty is mostly superficial - I would describe it as being more difficult than Spanish, but easier than German.)

    So, I have decided to produce a forum topic devoted to Gaelic proverbs.

    Here's the first one:

    "Is fheàrr piseach anmoch na bhith gun phiseach."

    "Better late fortune than no fortune."

    The Gaelic word piseach could also be translated as luck, prosperity, improvement, success.

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    from David G: Texas Gael (texasgaidheal) photos on Sat 28/07/12 17:42

    "Tha gu leòr cho ma ri cuilm."

    "Enough is as good as a feast"

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    from David G: Texas Gael (texasgaidheal) photos on Sat 28/07/12 17:45

    "'S fhearr tighinn an deireadh cuirm n'an toiseach tuasaid."

    "Better the end of a feast than the beginning of a fight."

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    from Marion D (dixie) photos on Sat 28/07/12 20:44

    You are very generous with your expert help,David.I always enjoy learning from you.I was intrigued by your comment-easier than German,but more difficult than Spanish,as Gaelic has quite a mysterious air about it,like nothing else.

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    from David G: Texas Gael (texasgaidheal) photos on Sun 29/07/12 15:08

    The air of mystery is more illusion than reality.

    Here's another proverb:

    "Cha tuit a h-uile rud air an tig crathadh."

    "Not everything that is shaken will fall."

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    from David G: Texas Gael (texasgaidheal) photos on Tue 31/07/12 02:42

    "Is fheàrr an fhirinn na 'n t-òr."

    "Truth is better than gold."

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    from David G: Texas Gael (texasgaidheal) photos on Wed 01/08/12 01:25

    "Is fheàrr deireadh math na droch thoiseach."

    "Better a good end than a bad beginning."

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    from David G: Texas Gael (texasgaidheal) photos on Thu 02/08/12 03:20

    "Is fhasa comhairle thoirt na comhairle ghabhail"

    "It's easier to give advice than take it."

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    from David G: Texas Gael (texasgaidheal) photos on Fri 03/08/12 03:45

    "Chan fhaodar a' bhò a reic 's a bainne òl."

    "You can't sell the cow and drink the milk."

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    from David G: Texas Gael (texasgaidheal) photos on Sat 04/08/12 01:46

    "Is minig a bhios an fhirinn searbh ri h-innse"

    "Truth will frequently be a harsh thing to tell."

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    from David G: Texas Gael (texasgaidheal) photos on Sat 04/08/12 01:57

    "Na geàrr do sgòrnan le d' theanga fhèin."

    "Don't cut your throat with your own tongue."

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    from David G: Texas Gael (texasgaidheal) photos on Sat 04/08/12 02:33

    "Am fear a loisgeas a mhàs, is e fhèin a dh'fheumas suidhe air."

    "He who burns his own behind must still sit on it."

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    from David G: Texas Gael (texasgaidheal) photos on Sun 05/08/12 16:37

    "Is fheàrr fheuchainn na bhith san dùil"

    "It is better to try than to hope"

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    from David G: Texas Gael (texasgaidheal) photos on Sun 12/08/12 03:28

    "Cha dèan brògan tioram iasgach."

    "Dry shoes won't go fishing."

    A bit of context: the kind of fishing mentioned here is not the pleasant effort of the fellow sitting on the bank of a trout stream with a fishing rod, but the hard work of the fishermen who go to sea to make a living by netting the deep-sea fish.

    Compare this proverb with an English one:

    "No pain, no gain."

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    from David G: Texas Gael (texasgaidheal) photos on Wed 22/08/12 04:03

    "Ge milis a' mhil, cò a dh'imlicheadh bhàrr na dris' i?"

    "However sweet the honey, who would lick it off of the brier?"

    Re: Proverbs and Tattoos
    from David G: Texas Gael (texasgaidheal) photos on Wed 29/08/12 02:02

    This one is in answer to a request.

    "An nì chì na big, 's e nì na big."

    "What the little ones see, the little ones do."

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    from David G: Texas Gael (texasgaidheal) photos on Wed 29/08/12 02:05

    "An nì chluinneas na big, 's e chanas na big."

    "What the little ones hear, the little ones say."

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    from David G: Texas Gael (texasgaidheal) photos on Tue 13/11/12 12:17

    "Na sir is na seachainn an cath"

    "Do not seek and do not avoid the fight.

    Re: Proverbs and Tattoos
    from Terri M (terri) on Fri 04/01/13 22:18

    Good day! I saw your posts helping others translate english phrases to gaelic and was hoping if you could help translate the following:

    "Remember the good times"

    This would be so greatly appreciated as its for a tattoo and the last thing I want is the wrong translation! It's to help represent my scottish heritage :)

    Thank you so much in advance for your help! You truly are a huge help.

    Thank you!

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    from David G: Texas Gael (texasgaidheal) photos on Sun 06/01/13 06:14

    "Cuimhnich air na h-amannan matha" is one way to say it.

    Re: Proverbs and Tattoos
    from Terri M (terri) on Sun 06/01/13 07:10

    Thank you so much for your help!

    Re: Proverbs and Tattoos
    from Jen S (jps) on Fri 01/02/13 15:28

    Can you please help me with the translation for "Desire Makes Life Happen" or a proverb that is to that effect? Thanks you so much.
    Jen

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    from David G: Texas Gael (texasgaidheal) photos on Sat 22/06/13 05:47

    "Cuimnich air na daoine bhon tàinig thu."

    "Remember those people from whom you came."

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    from John O (cow_man86) on Mon 29/07/13 23:56

    I heard a saying once and translated to english it goes "If I had had no plough, you would had had no corn."
    What would the translation be in Gaelic?

    Re: Proverbs and Tattoos
    from Terri D (artie) on Tue 30/07/13 05:43

    Hi there, I'm really enjoying the translations and was wondering if you could tell me if there is any good books to keep an eye out for that would be a good beginners book?

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