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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.
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Pronunciation: ees-cah rukth
Pronunciation: snawv-an-dhor wkth
Word: Discus Throwing
Irish: Caitheamh na teisce
Pronunciation: kah-iv na theh-ish-keh
Irish: Rásaíocht na gcapall
Pronunciation: rawss-ee-uckth na gop-ull
Irish: ag ceol
Pronunciation: egg keohl
Pronunciation: skawthaw il
Pronunciation: sckee oil
Pronunciation: foh-thoh-gral-ah-dhor rukth
Irish: bat slacan
Pronunciation: ban-rn sick awn
Irish; Caitheamh Aimsire
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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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
(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.
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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