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Posted: 12-Apr-2005, 01:21 PM
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I've recently been asked to see what I can do about getting some lessons up in Irish gaelic since that is my area of expertise. So, what I am planning on doing is putting up a lesson and also a post where people can practice... like the conversational gaelic thread. So, here's what I'd like to do first, since I know there are new people looking into this. We'll start with greetings, and if you need help, the Irish pronounciation guide is pinned at the top of this forum. I will be putting the pronounciations here as well though.


We'll start with the basic "Hi, Hi, how ya, good you? good" converstation.

Dia duit (DEE-uh git) Hello, Nora. (lit. God to you)

Dia's Muire duit (DEE-uhs MWIR-uh git). Hello (lit. God and Mary to you)

Conas tá tú? (KUN-uhs TAW*too). How are you?

Tá mé go maith (TAW* may* goh MAH) I am well

Agus conas tá tú féin? (AH-guhs KUN-uhs TAW* too fay*n) And how are you?

Tá mé go maith, leis. (TAW*may* goh MAH, lesh). I am well, too.


One thing we see here is the verb Tá (taw*). This is a staple in Irish since it is very much like the english word "is".


Tá sé (TAW* shay*) he is, it is
tá sí (TAW* shee) she is
tá mé (TAW* may) I am

Then you can add words to make full sentences:

fuar (FOO-uhr) cold
mór (mohr) big
te (te) hot
óg (ohg) young
sean (shan) old
lán (law*n) full
fear (far) man, a man
cat (kaht) cat, a cat
bean (ban) woman, a woman
cailín (kah-LEEN) girl, a girl
bord (bohrd) table, a table
ard (ahrd) high, tall
gairid (GAH-rid) short
anseo (un-SHUH) here
ansin (un-SHIN) there
fada (FAH-duh) long
bosca (BOHSK-uh) box, a box
íseal (EE-shuhl) low, short
sráid (sraw*d) street, a street
agus (AH-guhs) and
láidir (LAW*-dir) strong
tanaí (TAH-nee) thin
ramhar (ROU-wuhr) fat
cam (koum) crooked.


So, now with Tá and with these words, we can do some sentences.

Tá sé ansin (TAW* shay un-SHIN) He is there.


Or you can replace "he" sé (shay) with a name.

Tá Éamonn ansin (TAW* AAY-mon un-SHIN).

See if you can make some sentences using the words and the verb Tá.




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Posted: 12-Apr-2005, 02:16 PM
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Wow, Dannan! I was just looking through the vocab you've got here and if I didn't know that this were an Irish thread I would've thought it was Scottish! There are a few minor diferences, but these are mostly in pronunciation and a few minor cosmetic differences!

Thanks for getting this going! I hope we get tons fo new learners in both threads! These languages deserve all of the help we can give them!

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Posted: 13-Apr-2005, 05:18 PM
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Dia dhaoibh!

Faoi dheireadh, tá Gaeilge na hÉireann anseo! Cheap mé nach raibh ach Gaeilgeoirí na hAlban anseo! Má tá aon cabhair uait leis an chúrsa,a Dhanann, tá mé anseo!

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Posted: 14-Apr-2005, 03:41 PM
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Can we have some sort of quiz? I have been trying to study up on this through a website http://www.summerlands.com/crossroads/iris...ish/gaelic.html but they don't quiz. Sooo... Im not really sure if I have memorized the vocab and all yet. Hope this works out too would be great. Thank you for starting this thread.


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Posted: 14-Dec-2005, 05:51 AM
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Hi everybody smile.gif
I would like to thank Danann for perfect introduction. Do you know any website, where I can find some sound (like .mp3 or .waw) files with pronunciation of consonants and vovels or simple and basic words?
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Posted: 15-Dec-2005, 04:55 PM
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I sure can. Here are several links that I've used to help me with the pronounciation guides that I try to post.

Interactive Gaelic Or http://www.maths.tcd.ie/gaeilge/gaelic.html This site only has 8 lessons, but they do have audio files and I've used it... pretty good.

Gael Talk or http://www.gaeltalk.net/ This one is a paid learning site, but good courses.

Irish Sayings or http://www.irish-sayings.com/ This one is just common sayings and frequently used sayings.

I probably have more in my links, but they are at home and I am at the office, so I'll look and see about posting more.

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Posted: 09-Jan-2006, 12:35 PM
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Good Stuff Danann

I have a question or a point of confusion tongue.gif

Dia duit on my Irish Gaelic CD is pronounce dia duit??? What's up with that?

Or am I just not understanding their twisted Irish tongues wink.gif

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Posted: 09-Jan-2006, 06:26 PM
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It really depends on the dialect that they are speaking. Normally It sounds like Dia grit... so far as I can tell. But I think Dia Dhuit is acceptable as well.
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Posted: 09-Jan-2006, 06:39 PM
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Hi Danann!
I have a question that sounds stupid but has been bothering me for a while: I have heard the phrase "Cead Mile Failte" pronounced "Chayad mill Faltcha" as well as "Kayad meela foilte". What's the proper way to say it?
Thanks so much for starting this thread! I've been trying to learn Irish for a while now.
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Posted: 17-Mar-2006, 03:12 PM
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I am a bad Danann... man... I am so sorry for letting this go so long.

To answer you... both are right, they are pronounced based on area... like southern dialects and Northern dialects... So, whichever is more comfortable with you is the one you should go with, I personally use is "Cade meela fall-cha"
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QUOTE (Celtic cat @ 14-Apr-2005, 03:41 PM)
Can we have some sort of quiz? I have been trying to study up on this through a website http://www.summerlands.com/crossroads/iris...ish/gaelic.html but they don't quiz. Sooo... Im not really sure if I have memorized the vocab and all yet. Hope this works out too would be great. Thank you for starting this thread.

My friend and I just attempted to vsit that site and there was a message saying that the account has been suspended. unsure.gif
Is there possibly another one?
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Posted: 27-Mar-2006, 02:28 PM
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I do have several links. Check some of these out.

Wiki Books Irish Language
The Irish Language Information
Irish Phrases
Language by Messofanti
Irish Handout
Interactive Irish on the Net
Erin's Web

This isn't all of them, but they are the best.
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Posted: 14-Jan-2007, 08:47 PM
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I met some Irish people Friday night and learnt how to say properly Conas ata tu? Tha go maith.

I've been saying it all wrong for years. How terrible and I only live a couple of hundred miles away from Ireland! Well, tis cross a sea but still...


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Hello there!! Im new to this wonderful forum!! I am doing some research with and for my Son. Is there a site (or mabey this one) where you can type in an English word and have it translated to Irish Gaelic?? We are looking for words like, "Brave, Courage, Strength" etc. And also the pronounciation. Thanks so much!!

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