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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
On these pages, we will make a valiant effort to provide you with useful words and phrases. One of our subscribers, Aideen, grew up speaking Irish at her mother's knee. She has generously agreed to help us with our lessons. We have put her comments and pronunciations in green.
Note: The spellings and pronunciations used by Aideen are based in her own natural use of Connemara Irish but they have been kept simple, so as to be readily understood in any part of Ireland 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 the Irish language, but not in the English language; it's difficult to 'reproduce' them in writing in English. 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 55: Common Ailments and Illness
It's still the season for colds and coughs in our part of the world, so our lesson this time focuses on Easláinte agus Tinneas Coitianta - Common Ailments and Illness.
Phrase: Common Ailments and Illness
Irish: Easláinte agus Tinneas Coitianta
Pronunciation: ah-slaw-intcheh ah-gus tchin-ess kuh-tchee-un-thah
Irish: losainn chasachta
Pronunciation: lohs-in khahs-ukth-thah
Word: High Temperature/fever
Irish: teocht árd/fiabhras
Pronunciation: chokhth awrdh/feev-rahs
Irish: cógas leighis
Pronunciation: koh-gahs lyesh
Irish: víoras (note: this is very rare use of the letter 'v' in Irish)
Irish: samhnas goile
Pronunciation: sow-nahs gwell-eh
Irish: tinneas cinn
Pronunciation: tchin-ess keen
Irish: bángnéitheach (note: this is very rare instance where a slender vowel follows a broad one after a consonant)
Pronunciation: gow (as in cow)- awl-ukh
Word: Chemist (Pharmacist)
Irish: taespúnóg (note: this is very rare instance where a broad vowel follows a slender one after a consonant)
Phrase: Chicken soup
Irish: anraith sicín
Pronunciation: ahn-reh shik-een
Phrase: You should wrap up warm and drink plenty of fluids
Irish: Ba chóir duit tú féin a chlúdach go maith agus raidhse leachtaí a shlógadh siar
Pronunciation: bah khoh-ir dhitch thoo hayh ah khloo-dhukh guh mye ah-gus rye-sheh lahk-thee ah khloh-gah sheer
Phrase: I'm feeling under the weather (out of sorts)
Irish: Tá meathlaíocht éigin orm
Pronunciation: thaw mah-lee-ukth ay-gin (hard 'g') urm
Phrase: I can't stop sneezing
Irish: Nílim i ndan cúl ar chur ar an sraoth
Pronunciation: nee-lim ih non kool ah khur err on sree
Phrase: This cough syrup tastes terrible
Irish: Tá blas uafásach ar an sioroip casachta seo
Pronunciation: thaw blahs oo-faws-ukh err on syrup kahs-ukth-thah shuh
Phrase: She's slightly feverish
Irish: Tá beagán teasa uirthi
Pronunciation: thaw bih-ug-awn tchahs-ah ir-hee
Phrase: We really ought to call in a doctor
Irish: Ba chóir dúinn fios a chur ar dhochtúir
Pronunciation: bah khoh-ir dhoo-in fiss ah khur err gukh-thoo-ir (hard 'g')
Phrase: You'll have to stay home from school
Irish: Caithfidh tú fanach sa mbaile ón scoil
Pronunciation: kah-hee thoo fahn-ukth sah mahl-yeh ohn skwell
Phrase: I have to call in sick
Irish: Ní mór dom scéal a chur isteach go bhfuilim tinn
Pronunciation: nee mohr dhum shkayl ah khur is-ti-okh guh will-im tchinn
Phrase: I'm all stuffed up (congested)
Irish: Tá brúnn ar a chéile inim
Pronunciation: thaw broon err ah khay-leh in-im
Phrase: Take your medicine - it will make you feel better
Irish: Gabháil an cógas leighis agus tiocfaigh feabhas ort
Pronunciation: gow (as in cow) - aw-il on koh-gahs lyesh ah-gus chuck-ee fi-ow-us urth
Phrase: This cold has gone down into my chest
Irish: Tá an slaghdan seo tar éis imirce im ucht
Pronunciation: thaw on slye-dhawn shuh thahr aysh im-ir-keh im ukth
Phrase: You must stay in bed for a couple of days
Irish: Ní mór dhuit fanacht sa leaba le haghaidh cúpla lá
Pronunciation: nee mohr gwitch fahn-ahkhth sah li-ahpag leh hye coop-ah law
Phrase: The worst is over
Irish: Tá an chuid is measa thart
Pronunciation: thaw on kwidj is mahs-ah hahrth
Phrase: I'm feeling much better
Irish: Tá biseach mór orm
Pronunciation: thaw bish-ukh mohr urm
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.
Click here for Slanguage
For More Basic Irish please click here: Irish Index
Image: Gaeilge Beo from All Posters and Prints.
Wed, Feb 27, 2013
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This book is excellent for beginners who are wanting a book that gives basic grammar without all the extra information that confuses beginners. The book is well laid out, with information very easy to find. Amazon Reviewer
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.
As a total beginner in Irish, this has taught me quite a few words. The illustrations are beautifully done, and best of all, each word is given a rough English spelling of its pronunciation. Edited from an amazon review.
Click here for Kid's Irish Dictionary.
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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