| Irish Gaelic
, Learning the Irish
Posted: 12-Apr-2005, 01:21 PM
Group: Celtic Nation
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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