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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
On these pages, we will make a valiant effort to provide you with useful words and phrases. One of our subscribers, Aideen, grew up speaking Irish at her mother's knee. She has generously agreed to help us with our lessons. We have put her comments and pronunciations in green.
Note: The spellings and pronunciations used by Aideen are based in her own natural use of Connemara Irish but they have been kept simple, so as to be readily understood in any part of Ireland 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 the Irish language, but not in the English language; it's difficult to 'reproduce' them in writing in English. 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 65: From Cottages to Castles
They say a man's house is his castle but man or woman, whatever you call your residence, now you can say it in Irish.
Phrase: Country House
Irish: teach sa tuath
Pronunciation: chi-okh sah thoo-ah
Phrase: Private House (residence)
Irish: teach cónaithe
Pronunciation: chi-okh kohn-nee-heh
(Note: The word "Áras" - aw-rahs - can be used for a house of special importance, such as Áras an Uachtaráin - aw-rahs on ookh-thahr-aw-in - the President's House in Ireland)
Word: Caravan (Trailer in US - or Mobile home) carbhán
Phrase: Town House
Irish teach baile
Pronunciation: chi-okh bah-leyh
Phrase: Do you know how old that castle is?
Irish: Bhfuil fhios agat cén aois atá ar an gcaisleán sin?
Pronunciation: will iss ah-guth kayn eesh ah-thaw err in gahsh-lawn shin?
Phrase: We intend to build a new house there.
Irish: Tá se d'intinn againn teach nua a thógáil ansin
Pronunciation: thaw shay dhin-chin ah-ginn chi-okh noo-ah ah hohg-aw-il ahn-shin
Phrase: There is no hearthside (home) like your own hearthside
Irish: Níl aon tinteáin mar do thinteain féin
Pronunciation: kneel ayn chin-thawn mahr dhuh hin-thawn fayn
(Well-known Irish Proverb)
Phrase: The materials used in housing construction often reflect the resources of the area.
Irish: Caitheann na hábhartaí a chuirtear in úsáid i dtógáil tithe scáil ar achmhainn na háite
Pronunciation: kah-hahn nah hawv-ahr-thee a kwirr-ther in oos-áwidj ih dhoh-gawil tchee-heh scaw-il err ahkh-vin nah haw-it-cheh
Phrase: We are going to convert our house to build an apartment for our grandmother
Irish: Táimid chun an teach s'againne a iompú chun árasán a thógáil le haghaidh ár seanmháthair
Pronunciation: thaw-mwidj khun on tee-okh shog-inn-yeh ah um-poo khun awr-ahs-awn ah hohg-aw-il leh heye awr shahn-waw-hir
Phrase: The house will be going on the market soon
Irish: Tá an teach le dul ar an margadh go luath
Pronunciation: thaw an tee-okh leh dhul err on mahr-gah guh loo-ah
Phrase: House For Sale
Irish: teach ar díol
Pronunciation: chi-okh err djeel
Phrase: Cottage for Rent
Irish: teach ar chíos
Pronunciation: chi-okh err khees
Phrase: Holiday Home
Irish teach saoire
Pronunciation: chi-okh see-reh
Phrase: Summer House
Irish: teach Samhraidh
Pronunciation: chi-okh sow (as in cow) -ree
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
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Bitesize Irish Gaelic
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by Noel Mogonagle
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.
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
(We want this, you may see a few on these pages - watch out).
Click for Wicked Irish
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.
Click for Teach Yourself
The Best Irish Course Available! Three years ago I decided to learn Irish, and in the next two years I bought three different courses. The first two were simply useless, (that's the obvious reason for my buying new courses) you could learn some phrases, but not construct sentences yourself. Learning Irish, on the other hand, is an excellent book, which gives you a thorough vocabulary and grammatical knowledge. It consists of 36 lessons, all containing vocabularies, grammar instructions, texts and excercises. Amazon Reviewer.
Click for Learning irish