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Bunús na Gaeilge - Basic Irish Language
There is no other way to revive Irish than for a crowd of people to spread it.
- Douglas Hyde
Note: The spellings and pronunciations used are based on Aideen's own natural use of Connemara Irish but they have been kept simple, so as to be understood where there are differences in the language.
For example, the word 'feicfidh' is used only in Connemara Irish; in Leinster, Ulster and Munster the word is 'cífidh'. There are two pronunciations; Leinster/Munster - kee-fee; Ulster - chee-fee.
The biggest problem for people whose native language is English is that the soft 't' and 'd' are in Irish, but not in English; it's difficult to 'reproduce' them in writing. Where I use 'th' and 'dh' here, they are best achieved by putting your tongue gently behind your front upper teeth."
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Lesson 45: Body "Language"
Our lesson this time around focuses on parts of the human anatomy. It's long overdue. We had to laugh when Aideen, our resident Irish speaker, told us that the dictionary she uses (compiled by de Bháldraithe and published by the Irish government) did not deem it "necessary" to include a translation for the phrase 'he swivelled his hips.'
Phrase: Body 'Language'
Irish: 'Teanga' Chorp
Pronunciation: tjih-ahn-gah khurp
Irish: duine fionn/cailín donn/liath/donn/rua/dubh
Pronunciation: dhinn-eh fih-un/kahl-een dhunn/lee-eh/ehunn/roo-ah/dhuv
Note:While the word dearg is used for all other red-coloured matter, rua is always used for hair
Note: literally 'limbs' or 'branches'
Irish: caoil láimhe
Pronunciation: kweel law-iv-eh
Note: literally 'narrowing of hand'
Irish: méar coise
Pronunciation: mayr kush-eh
Phrase: He threw out his chest
Irish: chuir sé ucht ar féin
Pronunciation: kwirr shay ukth err fayn
Phrase: It seems his leg is broken
Irish: is cosúil go bhfuil a chos briste
Pronunciation: iss kuss-oo-il guh will ah khuss brish-the
Phrase: She has blue eyes
Irish: tá súile ghoirme aici
Pronunciation: thaw soo-il-eh ghurm-eh ek-ee
Phrase: I have brown hair
Irish: tá gruair donn orm
Pronunciation: that groo-ig dhunn urm
Phrase: She shook hands with me
Irish: chroith sí lámh liom
Pronunciation: khreh she lawv lih-um
Phrase: My back hurts
Irish: tá tinneas ar mo chúl
Pronunciation: that chin-ahs err muh khool
Phrase: She twisted her ankle
Irish: leon sí a murnán
Pronunciation: lih-un sh ah murr-nawn
Phrase: Get down on your (two) knees
Irish: Caith síos ar do (dhá) glúine
Pronunciation: kah shee-us err dhuh (ghaw) ghloo-in-eh
Phrase: He put his arm around her waist
Irish: chuir sé lámh faoine com
Pronunciation: kwirr shay lawv fwee-neh kum
Phrase: I have a blister on my heel
Irish: tá spuaic ar mo sháil
Pronunciation: that spoo-ik err muh haw-il
Phrase: From head to toe
Irish: ó cheann go méar coise
Pronunciation: roh khih-ahnn guh mayr kush-eh
Note: This caught our eye. Yes, we know it isn't gaeilge, but it is fascinating. If nothing else, it is certainly language (and Irish language as well.)
by Bernard Share
...for all 'decent skins', 'crawthumpers', horse-protestants', 'hard chaws' and 'strong farmers'...a dictionary of Irish slang that's as amusing as it is informative.
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For More Basic Irish please click here: Irish Index
Image: Gaeilge Beo from All Posters and Prints.
Thu, Jul 9, 2015
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Here is a good follow-on to our words and phrases.
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Irish - English
English - Irish
Note: We have yet to see a dictionary with phonetic pronunciations for each word. We suspect this is partly due to the variations. Providing for all four 'green fields' (Connacht, Leinster, Ulster and Munster), would be cumbersome at best. Still, someone may do it some day. Until then, these are all very good and recommended. Serious students will have more than one; they are inexpensive.
These two (either or both) are the handy-references needed to go with a good grammar or 'teach yourself' course.
We would need both (and some other help) if found wandering in a Gaeltacht late at night.
Amazon has an offer of either one combined with a grammar for a reduced price.
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Click for Oxford Pocket.
While I wouldn't recommend you use many of these phrases, this is a terribly funny book. I picked it up after leafing through it at the store and finding phrases about sheep and inns and the hazards of driving in Ireland without insurance. Each little section starts out innocuously enough, then quickly degenerates into truly funny comments. If you like Monty Python or BlackAdder, this will really make you laugh. If you liked the Father Ted tv show, this little book will make you keel over giggling. Ah, go on, ya eejit, buy it already! Amazon Reviewer
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