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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 64: Summertime
'Tis the season for fun in the sun! In this lesson, you'll find a slew of words and phrases related to everyone's favorite season - summertime!
Irish: ráithe an tSamhraidh
Pronunciation: raw-hyeh on thow-ree
Pronunciation: sow (as in cow)-rah
Phrase: Picnic basket
Irish: ciseán píoscrach
Pronunciation: kish-awn pees-krahkh
Phrase: Swimming costume/suit
Irish: culaith snámh
Pronunciation: kull-ah snawv
Phrase: Summer clothes
Irish: éide Samhraidh
Pronunciation: ay-djeh sow (as in cow)-ree
Word: Walk (verb)
Word: Walk (noun)
Phrase: Sun hat
Irish: hata gréine
Pronunciation: hah-thah grayn-eh
Phrase: Sun burn
Irish: dóite gréine
Pronunciation: dhoh-tcheh grayn-eh
Irish: cois fharraige
Pronunciation: kush ahr-ih-geh
Irish: caisleán ghainimh
Pronunciation: kahsh-lawn ghah-nyiv (hard 'g')
Phrase: Blue sky
Irish: spéir ghorm
Pronunciation: spare ghurm (hard 'g')
Pronunciation: bug-heh (an exception to the slender/broad spelling rule)
Irish: scallán teasa
Pronunciation: skah-lawn chasa
Word: Play (as in with toys or on the beach)
Phrase: Summer bank holiday
Irish: Lá saoire bainc an tSamhraidh
Pronunciation: law see-reh bahnk on thow-ree
Phrase: We are going to Spain for our summer holidays
Irish: Béimíd ag dul go dtí An Spáin le haghaidh saoire an tSamhraidh
Pronunciation: by-midj egg dhull guh djee on spaw-in leh heye see-reh on thow-ree
Phrase: He was splashing about in the water
Irish: Bhí sé ag lapadáil san uisce
Pronunciation: vee shay egg lap-ah-dhaw-il sahn ish-keh
Phrase: The children love the beach
Irish: Is breá leis na páistí a beith cois trá.
Pronunciation: iss brah lesh na pawsh-tchee a veh kush thraw
Phrase: I'm going out to buy ice-cream
Irish: Táim ag dul amach chun uachtar reoite a cheannach
Pronunciation: thaw-im egg dul ah-mahkh khunn ookh-thahr-roh-cheh a khi-ahn-akh
Phrase: I hope we have fine weather next month
Irish: Tá súil agam go mbeidh aimsear breá againn an mhí seo chugainn
Pronunciation: thaw sool ah-gum gu mye eyem-shur braw ah-ginn (hard 'g') on vee shuh hug-inn
Phrase: It rarely gets very hot in Ireland
Irish: Ní minic a bhíonn aimsear ró-the in Éireann
Pronunciation: nee min-ik ah vee-un eyem-shur roh-heh in ay-run
Phrase: Can you swim?
Irish: Bhfuil snámh agat?
Pronunciation: will snawv ah-guth
Phrase: I can swim under water
Irish: Is féidir liom snámh idir dhá uisce. (literally: under two waters)
Pronunciation: iss fay-djir li-um snawv id-jir ghaw (hard 'g-) ish-keh
Phrase: We're going out sailing tomorrow
Irish: Táimid ag dul amach ag seoltóireacht amárach.
Pronunciation: thaw-meedj egg dhull ah-mahkh egg shohl-thor-ukhth ah-maw-rukh
Phrase: I sunbathe every morning
Irish: luím faoin ngrian gach maidin
Pronunciation: lee-im fween ngreen gahkh mah-djin
Image: Kerry Beach from AllPosters Posters and prints.
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.
Thu, Jul 9, 2015
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by Noel Mogonagle
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.
Click for Irish Grammar.
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.
Click for Collins Gem
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
(We want this, you may see a few on these pages - watch out).
Click for Wicked Irish
An easy-to-use program for learning on your own, or can be used as supplemental material for your classes. These new editions have been thoroughly revised and updated to include the engaging dialogues and helpful exercises you have come to expect from the Teach Yourself series.
Click for Teach Yourself
The Best Irish Course Available! Three years ago I decided to learn Irish, and in the next two years I bought three different courses. The first two were simply useless, (that's the obvious reason for my buying new courses) you could learn some phrases, but not construct sentences yourself. Learning Irish, on the other hand, is an excellent book, which gives you a thorough vocabulary and grammatical knowledge. It consists of 36 lessons, all containing vocabularies, grammar instructions, texts and excercises. Amazon Reviewer.
Click for Learning irish