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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 67: The Big Dinner
With the holidays right around the corner, this month's lesson focuses on the all-important festive feast. Our resident Irish speaker gave this offering a most appropriate title: An Dinnéar Mór - The Big Dinner.
Photo Credit: Ivan Elsas
Irish: An Dinnéar Mór
Pronunciation: on din-ayr mohr
Phrase: Dinner Party
Irish: dinnéar chóisir
Pronunciation: din-ayr kohsh-ir
Phrase: Holiday dinner
Dinner: dinnéar ócáide
Pronunciation: din-ayr oh-kaw-dje (literally: an 'occasion' dinner)
Phrase: Place Setting
Irish: cur suíomh (literally: seating place)
Pronunciation: kurr seev
Phrase: Carving knife
Irish: scian sníodóireachta
Pronunciation: shkeen snee-oh-dhoh-ir-ukth
Phrase: Dinner service
Irish: foireann dinnéir
Pronunciation: fwirr-un din-ayr
Word: Plate (as in dinner plate)
Word: Dish (as in food item/course)
Phrase: Bread Plate
Irish: pláta aráin
Pronunciation: plaw-thah ah-raw-in
Phrase: Soup Bowl
Irish: babhla anraith
Pronunciation: bow(as in cow) ahn-rah
Phrase: Salad Bowl
Irish: babhla sailéid
Pronunciation: bow(as in cow) sahl-aydh
Irish: Crystal criostal
Phrase: Wine glass
Irish: gloine fíona
Pronunciation: glinne feen-ah
Phrase: Champagne flute
Irish: cuisleann seaimpéin
Pronunciation: kwish-lunn champagne
Word: Aperitif or Starter/Appetizer
Word: Silver (cutlery)
Irish: sceanra airgid
Pronunciation: shkahn-rah ahr-gidh
Phrase: Linen Tablecloth
Irish: línéadach boird
Pronunciation: leen-ay-dhukh bwirdh
Word: Napkin (Serviette)
Word: Centrepiece (flowers)
Irish: gréagán bhláthanna
Pronunciation: gray-gawn blaw-ah-nah
Phrase: Candle sticks
Phrase: Full-course meal
Irish: béala lán-chúrsa
Pronunciation: bay-lah lawn-khoor-sah
Phrase: Rich fruit cake
Irish: ciste torthaí saibhir
Pronunciation: kish-theh thur-hee sever
Pronunciation: ohs-thukh/ bahn-ohs-thukh
Irish: Aoí (Aoíeanna)
Pronunciation: ee (ee-unn-ah)
Phrase: It's fun to set a holiday table
Irish: Nach brea an spraoi é an bord saoire a chur in eagrú
Pronunciation: nahkh on burdh see-reh ah khur in ah-groo
Phrase: We polish the silver right before all the big holidays
Irish: Cuireann muid snas ar an sceanra airgid díreach roimh na saoire móra
Pronunciation: kwirr-un mwidh snahs err on shkahn-rah ahr-gidh djeer-ukh rev nah see-reh moh-rah
Phrase: We always bring out (use) our best linen, dinner service, cutlery and crystal during the holidays
Irish: Bíonn an línéadach, sceanra, foireann dinnéir, shkahn-rah agus criostal is fearr in úsáid againn i rith na saoire
Pronunciation: bee-un on leen-ay-dhukh, shkahn-rah, fwirr-un din-ayr ah-gus kris-thahl iss fahr inn oo-sawdj ah-ginn ih rih nah see-reh
Phrase: We've invited the entire family for dinner
Irish: Thug muid cuireadh don chlann uilig teacht le haghaidh dinnéar
Pronunciation: Hug mwidj kwirr-eh dhun khlahn ill-ig
Phrase: We will serve dinner at 8 o'clock
Irish: Beidh dinnéar á ndáil againn ag a h-ochth a chlog
Pronunciation: bye din-ayr aw naw-il sh-ginn egg ah hukth ah khlug
Phrase: Is everything ready in the kitchen now?
Irish: Bhfuil gach rud réidh sa chistin anois?
Pronunciation: will gahkh rudh ray sah khish-thin ah-nish?
Phrase: Has everybody got a drink?
Irish: Bhfuil deoch ag gach éinne?
Pronunciation: will diokh egg gahkh ayn-yeh?
Phrase: Who will say Grace?
Irish: Cé tá chun an Ghrásta a rá?
Pronunciation: kay thaw on ghraws-thah (hard 'g) ah raw?
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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Here is a good follow-on to our words and phrases.
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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.
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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
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