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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 46: Personal Grooming
When it comes to learning another language, it's important to know the "bare necessities!" This week, the focus is on personal grooming.
Phrase: Personal Grooming
Irish: Ciortha Ghlanta Pearsanta
Pronunciation: keer-hah glahn-thah pahr-sahn-thah
Word: Hair Brush
Irish: scuab gruaige
Pronunciation: skoob groo-ig-eh
Irish: scuab fiacal
Pronunciation: skoob fee-kul
Irish: taos fiacal
Pronunciation: thees fee-kul
Irish: fiacail bhréige
Pronunciation: fee-kill vray-geh
Irish: folcadh béil
Pronunciation: fuhl-kah bay-il
Irish: triomadóir gruaige
Pronunciation: thrim-ah-dhohit groo-ig-eh
Phrase: Toilet Soap
Phrase: Cleansing Cream
Irish: uachtar ghlantach
Pronunciation: ookh-thahr ghlahn-thahkh
Phrase: Shaving Cream
Irish: uachtar bearra
Pronunciation: ookh-thahr bah-rah
Phrase: Nail file
Irish: raspa ingne
Pronunciation: rahspah ing-neh
NOTE: In Ireland, bath is used for washing the body. Tub is used for washing clothes.
Phrase: Bubble Bath
Irish: folcadh súilíní
Pronunciation: fuhl-kah sool-een-ee
Irish: tuáille aghaidhe
Pronunciation: thoo-awl-yeh eye-yeh
Irish: róba folcadh
Pronunciation: roh-bah fuhl-kah
Phrase: Travel Case
Irish: cás taistil
Pronunciation: caws thahsh-thill
Phrase: I like your new hairstyle
Irish: Taithníonn do stíl ghruaige nua liom
Pronunciation: thah-nee-unn dhus shtheel noo-ah ghroo-ig-eh li-um
Phrase: Where is the nearest barbershop?
Irish: cá bhfuil an siopa bearbóire is congaraí?
Pronunciation: caw will on shup-ah bahr-bohr-eh is kohn-gahr-ee?
Phrase: Where is the nearest hairdresser?
Irish: cá bhfuil an gruagaire is cóngaraí?
Pronunciation: caw will on groo-ig-err-eh is kohn-gahr-ee?
Phrase: I prefer a shower to a bath
Irish: is fearr liom cithfolcadh ná folcadh
Pronunciation: iss fahr li-um kih-fuhl-kah naw fuhl-kah
Phrase: I enjoy taking a shower
Irish: is breá liom me féin a bhogadh sa chithfolcadh
Pronunciation: iss brah li-um may fayn a wug-ah sah khih-fuhl-kah
Phrase: I must give myself a manicure
Irish: ní mór dom m'ingne a chóiriú
Pronunciation: nee mohr dhum muh ing-neh ah khoh-ir-oo
Phrase: She is fair-skinned
Irish: tá gealchraiceann uirthí
Pronunciation: thaw gih-ahl-khrahk-unn irr-hee
Phrase: I need a shave
Irish: tá gá ar bhearradh orm
Pronunciation: thaw gaw err vah-rah urm
Phrase: She is fixing her hair
Irish: tá sí ag réiteach a cinn
Pronunciation: thaw she egg ray-tchukh a kinn
Phrase: How much is it for a shampoo and set?
Irish: cé mhéad le h-aghaidh ionlach agus reiteach ghruaige?
Pronunciation: kay vyadh leh heye un-lukh agus ray-chukh ghroo-ig-eh?
Phrase: Go have a wash and brush-up
Irish: buail baslach ort féin
Pronunciation: boo-il bahs-lukh urth fayn
Phrase: We need more hot water
Irish: tá tuille uisce te ag teastáil againn
Pronunciation: thaw thill-eh ish-geh cheh egg thahs-thaw-il ah-ginn
Phrase: I like to have a sauna
Irish: Is maith liom folcadh allais a ghlacadh
Pronunciation: iss my li-um fuhl-kah ahl-ish ah ghlahk-ah
Phrase: I forgot my toothpaste/toothbrush
Irish: dhein mé dearmaid ar mo scuab fiacal/taos fiacal
Pronunciation: yen may djahr-midge err muh skoob fee-kul/
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
For More Basic Irish please click here: Irish Index
Image: Gaeilge Beo from All Posters and Prints.
Thu, Jul 9, 2015
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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.
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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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.
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