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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."


Click here for our words & phrases Index.

Irish Lesson #14 - Hobbies & Sports Terms
By no means an all-inclusive list, just enough to have fun with! Next week, we'll have a few phrases incorporating some of the following words.
Photo Credit: BBC

Word: Sport
Irish: Spoírt
Pronunciation:
spoh-irt

Word: Football
Irish: Peil
Pronunciation:
Pell

Word: Hurling
Irish: Iománaíocht
Pronunciation:
um-awn-ee-uckth

Word: Camogie
Irish: Camógai
Pronunciation:
cam-ohg-ee

Word: Fishing
Irish: iascaireacht
Pronunciation:
ees-cah rukth

Word: Golf
Irish: Galf
Pronunciation:
golf

Word: Course
Irish: Cúrsa
Pronunciation:
koor-sah

Word: Athletics
Irish: Lúthchleas
Pronunciation:
Loo-Chlass

Word: Game
Irish Cluiche
Pronunciation:
cliff-eh

Word: Competition
Irish: Comórtas
Pronunciation:
kum-ohr-thas

Word: Prize
Irish: Duais
Pronunciation:
Dhoo-ish

Word: Team
Irish: Foireann
Pronunciation:
Fwir-ann

Word: Field/pitch
Irish: Páirc
Pronunciation:
paw-irc

Word: Ball
Irish: Liathróid
Pronunciation:
lee-ah-roh-idj

Word: Basketball
Irish: Cispheil
Pronunciation:
Kishfell

Word: Bicycling
Irish: rothaiocht
Pronunciation:
ruh-ee-ukth

Word: Swimming
Irish: snamhadoireacht
Pronunciation:
snawv-an-dhor wkth

Word: Discus Throwing
Irish: Caitheamh na teisce
Pronunciation:
kah-iv na theh-ish-keh

Word: Gymnastics
Irish: Gleacaíocht
Pronunciation:
Glock-ee-achth

Word: Race
Irish: Rás
Pronunciation:
rawss

Word: Horse-racing
Irish: Rásaíocht na gcapall
Pronunciation:
rawss-ee-uckth na gop-ull

Word: Volleyball
Irish: Eitpheil
Pronunciation:
Etch-fell

Word: Wrestling
Irish Iomarscáil
Pronunciation:
um-er-scawl

Word: Badminton
Irish: badmantan
Pronunciation:
bad-mon-thon

Word: Motoring
Irish: tiomaineacht
Pronuciation:
thum-awn-ee-ukth

Word: Music-making
Irish: ag ceol
Pronunciation:
egg keohl

Word: Skating
Irish: scatail
Pronunciation:
skawthaw il

Word: Skiing
Irish: sciail
Pronunciation:
sckee oil

Word: Photography
Irish: fotografadoireacht
Pronunciation:
foh-thoh-gral-ah-dhor rukth

Word: Baseball
Irish: bat slacan
Pronunciation:
ban-rn sick awn

Word: Dancing
Irish: damhnsa
Pronunciation:
ahown-sa

Word: Hobby:
Irish; Caitheamh Aimsire
Pronunciation:
kah-uv-am-shirr-eh

Word: Reading
Irish leitheoireacht
Pronunciation:
lay-hoh-ir-ukth

Word: Writing
Irish: scribhneoireacht
Pronunciation:
shcreeve-noh-rr-ukth

Word: Knitting
Irish: cniteaif
Pronunciation:
knith oil

Phrase: Watching TV
Irish: breathnu telefi'se
Pronunciation:
bra noo tel too shah

Irish Lesson #15 - Hobbies & Sports Phrases

Phrase: Galway will be playing at Croke Park on Sunday
Irish: Beidh Gaillimh ag imirt i bPáirc an Chróchaí
Pronunciatiion:
Bye gal-yiv egg im-irth ee baw-irc on chrow-chee jay dhoh-knee

Phrase: Have you got a ticket for the game?
Irish: Bhfuil ticéad agat le haghaidh an chluiche?
Pronunciation:
will tick-aydh ah-guth leh high an chliff-eh?

Phrase: I'll have a couple of Euros on that horse
Irish: Beidh cúpla Euro agam ar an gcapall sin
Pronunciation:
Bye coop-lah Euro ah-gum er an gap-ull shin

Phrase:Come on (Up/Cheer for) Ireland!
Irish: Éireann abú!
Pronunciation:
ay-run ah-boo

Phrase: He won the golf competition yesterday
Irish: Bhí an bua aige sa chomórtas galf inné
Pronunciation:
vee on boo-ah egg-eh sa khum-ohr-thas golf in-yay

Phrase: I love to play basketball
Irish: Is breá liom páirt a gchleachadh sa chis-pheil
Pronunciation:
is braw li-yum par-irtch a ghlock-ah sa khish-fell

Phrase: The team are training hard
Irish: Tá an fhoireann ag tréineáil go dílis
Pronunciation:
thaw on ir-unn egg thray-nawl guh jee-lish


For More Irish words & phrases please click here: Irish Index

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