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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."
Click here for our words & phrases Index.
Lesson 62: Food & Drink - Part 1 A-C
Our lesson this week is a bit different. We've had requests for a dictionary which is a huge undertaking and we're still wrestling with whether or not to do it. However, for the time being, we are taking one category - Food & Drink - and going ahead with an alphabetized listing of the most common and/or basic words.
This lesson goes from A to C and is not intended to be all-inclusive. Also, please note that some foods are called by a different name in Europe and the USA - zucchini, for example is the American word for what they call a courgette in Ireland. Where our resident Irish speaker/translator thinks it's relevant, she gives the European word followed by the American word - for example, aubergine/eggplant.
Phrase: Food & Drink - Part 1 A-C
Irish: Bia agus Deoch - Cuid 1 A-C
Pronunciation: bee-ah ah-gus dkeukh - kwidj ah hayn
Irish: géarú goile
Pronunciation: gay-roo gwell-yeh
Irish: lus súgach
Pronunciation: luss soo-gahkh
Irish: piorra abhcóide
Pronunciation: pirr-ah ahv-koh-djeh
Pronunciation: dhill-ehlow(as in cow)-rish
Irish: sméara dubha
Pronunciation: smay-rah dhoo
Phrase: black pudding
Irish: putóg dhubh
Pronunciation: puth-ohg dhuv
Phrase: brown bread
Irish: arán donn
Pronunciation: ah-rawn dhunn
Phrase: Brussels sprouts
irish: bachlóga Bruiséile
Pronunciation: bahkh-lohg-ah brush-ay-leh
Pronunciation: kohl -ish
Word: chop (as in cut of meat)
Pronunciation: show (as in cow)-dhahr
Irish: calóga arbhair
Pronunciation: kahl-oh-gah ahr-virr
Phrase: corn on the cob
Irish: arbhar sa dias
Pronunciation: ahr-vahr sah djees
Phrase: cottage cheese
Irish: cáis bhaile
Pronunciation: kaw-ish wah-yehí
Phrase: cream cheese
Irish: cáis uachtair
Pronunciation: kaw-ish ookh-thahr
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
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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