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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 58: Irish Festivals
From the jazz festival in Cork to the oyster festival in Galway, Ireland's calendar is filled with literally hundreds of ways to celebrate everything from food to folklore. So, the topic for this lesson focuses on related words and phrases.
Irish: Féile or Fleadh
Pronunciation: fay-leh or flah
Pronunciation: ki-oh-il dhraw-mah
Phrase: Arts and Crafts
Irish: ealaíne agus ceird
Pronunciation: ah-leen ah-gus kerdj
Word: Films (Movies)
Phrase: Art Exhibition
Irish: taispeántas ealaíne
Pronunciation: thash-pawn-thahs ahl-een-eh
Phrase: Is it possible to buy tickets on the Internet?
Irish: An féidir ticéidí a cheannach ar an Idirlíne?
Pronunciation: on fay-djir thick-ay-dhee ah khi-ahn-akh err on idjir-leen-eh?
Phrase: The programme will be published three months beforehand.
Irish: Beidh an clár á fhoilsiú trí mhí roimh ré.
Pronunciation: by on klawr aw eyel-shoo three vee rev ray
Phrase: Where is information available about that festival?
Irish: Cá bhfuil eolas ar an bhféile sin ar fáil?
Pronunciation: caw will ohlahs err on vay-ley shin err faw-il?
Phrase: We must book accommodation early.
Irish: Ní mór dúinn lóistín a chur in áirithe go lua.
Pronunciation: nee mohr dhoo-in lohsh-theen ah khur in awr-ih-heh guh loo-ah
Phrase: We'll meet you (singular/plural) at the side entrance.
Irish: Casfaimid leat/libh ag an dtaobh-bhealach isteach.
Pronunciation: kash-ih-meedj lih-ath/liv egg on dheev-vah-lahkh iss-tsiokh
Phrase: This year's festival is spread out over twenty locations.
Irish: Tá an fhéile scartha thart ar scór ionaid i mbliana.
Pronunciation: thaw on ay-leh skahr-hah hahrth err skoht un-idh ih mblee-neh
Phrase: As usual, the festival will start with a parade through the town. Irish: Mar is ghná, tosnóidh an fhéile le paráid tríd a' bhaile.
Pronunciation: mahr is gnaw, thuss-noh-ee on ay-leh leh pahr-aw-idj threedj a' wahl-yeh
Phrase: Have you entered that competition yet?
Irish: Ar chuir tú isteach ar an gcomórthas sin fós?
Pronunciation: err khwirr thoo iss-tsiokh err on gum-ohr-thahs sinn fohs
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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Thu, Jul 9, 2015
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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