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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 #20 - Seasons and Weather.
Here, we tackle the seasons and the weather. It's a somewhat wide-ranging topic , so we're bringing you words in this lesson and we'll give related phrases next. Once again, we are most grateful to Aideen, our native Irish speaker, for making this lesson possible.
Photo Credit: Spring in Ireland/Irish Thatch Owners

Word: Season
Irish: Séasúr

Word: Weather
Irish: Aimsear

Word: Spring
Irish: Earrach

Word: Summer
Irish: Samhradh
sow(as in cow)-rah

Word: Autumn/Fall
Irish: Fomhair

Word: Winter
Irish: Geimhreadh
geev-reh (note: a hard 'g' sound, as in 'gale' and not in 'gel')

Word: Wet
Irish: fliuch

Word: Dry
Irish: tirim

Word: Hot
Irish: te

Word: Cold
Irish: fuair

Word: Sun
Irish: griain

Word: Sunrise
Irish: éirí na gréine
eye-ree na gray-ne

Word: Sunset
Irish: luí (na) gréine
lee (na) gray-ne

Word: Sunshine
Irish: dealramh na gréine
jal-rav na gray-ne

Word: Snow
Irish: sneachta

Word: Rain
Irish: báisteach

Word: Wind
Irish: gaoth

Word: Bitter
Irish: géar

Word: Breeze
Irish: feothan

Word: Storm
Irish: stoirm

Word: Stormy
Irish: stoirmeach

Word: Blizzard
Irish: síobadh sneachta
shee-bah shnokh-tha

Word: Blast (of wind)
Irish: séideán ghaoithe
shay-dhawn gwee-heh

Word: Sheet (of ice)
Irish: leac oighir

Word: Sky
Irish: spéir

Word: Sleet
Irish: flichshneachta

Word: Umbrella
Irish: scath fearthainne
scaw farr-hinne

Word: Topcoat
Irish: cóta mór
ko-tha mor

Word: Raincoat
Irish: cóta báistí
ko-tha baw-ish-thee

Word: Hat
Irish: hata

Irish: Cap
Irish: caipín

Irish: Shoes
Irish: bróga

Irish: Boots
Irish: buataí

Lesson #21 - Weather Phrases.

Phrase: Take care of yourself (mind yourself), or you might catch a cold in this weather
Irish: Tabhair aire duit fhéin no gheobhaidh tú slaideán san aimsear seo
Thohr arr-eh dhitch hayn noh yeo-ee thoo sly-dhawn son am-shir shuh

Phrase: The forecast for tomorrow is good
Irish: Tá comharthaí na haimsire go maith le haghaidh amárach
Thaw cohr-hee na ham-shir-eh guh mye leh heye a-mawr-och

Phrase: There is a blast of sharp wind coming from the north / the south-east
Irish: Tá séideán gaoithe ghéirr ag teacht ó thuaidh / ó thoir-theas
Thaw shay-dhawn gweeheh yayr egg tiochth oh hoo-ee (oh herr-hass)

Phrase: Now that Spring is here the days will be lengthening
Irish: Anois teacht an Earraí beidh na laethe ag dul chun síne
A-nish tiocht on arr-ee bye na lay-heh egg dhul khun shee-neh

Phrase: Isn't it so wonderful to look at a lovely sunset
Irish: Nach aoibheann bheith ag breathnú ar luí (na) gréine áileann
Knock eev-en veh egg bra-noo err lee (na) gray-ne awl-yinn

Phrase: Do you have an umbrella with you? There will be rain/sleet in the afternoon
Irish: Bhfuil scath fearthainne leat? Beidh báisteach/flichshneachta sa tráthnóna
Will scaw farr-hinne li-ath? Bye baw-ish-thioch/flickh-shnokh-tha sa thraw-nona

Phrase: No need for a topcoat/raincoat today
Irish: Ní gá cóta mór / cóta báistí inniu
Nee gaw ko-tha mor / ko-tha baw-ish-thee inn-yuh

Phrase: The Irish weather is usually so uncertain
Irish: De ghnath in Éireann bíonn an aimsear neamhchinnteacht
Djeh gnaw in ayr-inn bee-on on am-shir nav-khinn-thiochth

Phrase: We will have a bonfire tonight
Irish: Beidh tine chnámh againn anocht
Bye chin-eh knawv og-inn a-nokhth

Phrase: Come in from the sun. It's hot out there now
Irish: Tar isteach on ngriain. Tá sé te amach ansin anois
Thar is-tioch own ngreen. Thaw shay cheh amokh on-shin a-nish

Phrase: My shoes are wet
Irish: Tá mo bhróga fliuch
Thaw muh vroh-gah fli-ukh

Phrase: We are having a very good summer this year
Irish: Tá Samradh breá againn i mbliana
Thaw sow(as in cow)-rah bra og-inn i mblee-na

For More Irish words & phrases please click here: Irish Index

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