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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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Going on Holiday
Going on holiday/vacation? In this lesson you will find words and phrases related to the annual trip for some rest and relaxation. Also, be sure to check Lesson 53 which covers the great outdoors and words such as beach as well as Lesson 59 which focuses on Travel and phrases like travel agent.
Irish: leabhrán (literally, small book)
Irish: thar lear
Pronunciation: hahr li-ahr
Phrase: Around the World
Irish: thart an domhain
Pronunciation: hahrth on dhow (as in cow) -in
Phrase: Package holiday
Irish: beart seer-eh
Pronunciation: bahrth seer-eh
Phrase: Family holiday
Irish: saoire chlainne
Pronunciation: seer-eh khlinn-eh
Irish: bád taisteal
Pronunciation: bawdh thahsh-thahl
Irish: costas aeir
Pronunciation: kus-thahs air
Phrase: Train Fare
Irish: costas traein
Pronunciation: kus-thas thrain
Phrase: First class
Irish: céad grád
Pronunciation: kaydh grawdh
Irish: turas thart timpeall
Pronunciation: thruss hahrth chimp-ell
Irish: turas lae
Pronunciation: thruss lay
Phrase: Booking (Buying the tickets)
Irish: ceannach na ticéid/lóistín
Pronunciation: kih-ahn-ukh nah tick-aydh/loh-ish-tcheen
Irish: séisiúr árd
Pronunciation: say-shoo-ir awrdth
Irish: séisiúr íseal
Pronunciation: say-shoo-ir eesh-ill
Irish: cur in áirithe
Pronunciation: kur inn awr-ih-heh
Irish: gach rud réitethe
Pronunciation: gahkh rudh ray-tcheheh
Word: Pack (verb)
Irish: teach beag
Pronunciation: tee-ahkh bee-ug
Phrase: Holiday Home
Irish: teach saoire
Pronunciation: tee-ahkh seer-eh
Phrase: Bed & Breakfast
Irish: leaba agus bricfeasta
Pronunciation: li-ah-bah ah-gus brick-fah-stah
Phrase: Attractions/Things to see
Phrase: Places to go
Irish: áiteanna le feiscint
Pronunciation: aw-itch-ennah le fesh-kintch
Phrase: Tour Guide
Irish: cuntóir thurai
Pronunciation: kunth-oh-ir hur-ish
Irish: dul timpeall
Irish: léa rscáil
Word: Film (for a camera)
Irish: cárta phoist
Pronunciation: kawr-thah fwisth
Phrase: How much annual leave do you get?
Irish: Cé mhéid saoire bhliantúil a faigheann tú?
Pronunciation: kay vaydh seer-eh vleen-thool a eye-ahn thoo
Phrase: Do you have a passport?
Irish: Bhfuil pás agut?
Pronunciation: will pahs ah-guth
Phrase: Have you ever been to Ireland?
Irish: An raibh tú riamh in Éireann?
Pronunciation: on row (as in cow) thoo reev inn ay-runn
Phrase: What did you enjoy there most?
Irish: Céard ba mhó a thaitin leat ansin?
Pronunciation: kayrdh bah wo ah hah-hin li-ath an-shin
Phrase: Would you like to go back again?
Irish: An mian leat dul ar ais arís?
Pronunciation: on meen li-ath dhull err ash ah-reesh
Phrase: Did you travel there in a car or by bus or train?
Irish: Ar thaisteal sibh le gluaisteán nó leis an mbus nó an traein?
Pronunciation: err hash-thahl shiv le gloosh-thawn noh lesh on mbus noh on thrayn
Phrase: We prefer to spend our holidays at the seaside
Irish: B'fhearr linn ár saoire a bheith cois farraige
Pronunciation: bahr linn awr seer-eh ah veh kush ahr-ah-geh
Phrase: We really enjoy camping
Irish: Bainimid an-taithneamh dul ag campáil
Pronunciation: bahn-ih-meedj on-thah-niv dhull egg cahmp-awl
Phrase: We really like to go hill-climbing
Irish: Is maith linn dul ag seoladh cnuic
Pronunciation: iss mye lin dhull egg show-lah knick
Phrase: A night in a pub, with good music and craic, now that's what we really like
Irish: Oíche sa teach tábhairne, le ceol maith agus an craic, sinn is fearrde linn
Pronunciation: ee-heh sah tih-akh thawrn-eh, leh kih-ohl mye ah-gus an crack, shin is fahr-djeh lin
Phrase: Bon Voyage
Irish: turas maith
Pronunciation: thruss mye
Phrase: Safe Journey, Safe home
Irish: turas maith, slán abhaile
Pronunciation: thruss mye, slawn ah-wah-lieh
It is always a good idea to learn some travel-related native language phrases whenever you take a trip. When purchasing airline tickets you definitely need the attendant to understand whether you want Business Class Airfare or economy class airfare. You wouldn't want a language barrier to result in an increase in your travel expenses.
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.
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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.
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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.
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