I just hate the thought of a language dying →
jayanam: I have to stop looking up all things gaeilge and go to bed… Oíche mhaith <3
Wombat's Gaeilge Grammar Guide [PDF] →
Má tá tú ag lorg cara gan locht, béidh tú gan cara go deo. ~ If you’re looking...– Irish sayings. (via lightningtheraintransformed)
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Raidió na Gaeltachta →
agam: "at me"
againn: "at us"
agat: "at you (sg.)"
agaibh: "at you (pl.)"
aige: "at him"
aici: "at her"
acu: "at them"
I get these confused so often.... similar-sounding words are hard enough in my own native language -_-!
Táin Bó Cúalnge Recension 1 →
na-heireann: Not the best translation of the Táin, but indeed a taste of the text. I personally suggest Thomas Kinsella’s translation as an alternative.
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At this time of the year especially, I see and hear and feel the neamhbeo (pronounced “nyav-byow”) in flickering flames, the dank dusk, the drowsy dawn, the wind and the rain, and the shadows shaped by the waning light. They coexist with our reality in a parallel world. They traverse our lives, trespass our thoughts, step in and out, they hide and they seek, now you see them, now you don’t.
Languages embody the intellectual wealth of the people that speak them. Losing...– Ken Hale (via lesserjoke)
How consonants are pronounced depends on the vowels around them. i and e are "slender" vowels while a, o and u are "broad" vowels. This is quite consistent, there are very few exceptions. Gaeilge makes some sounds not found in English, so the best way to comprehend these is to listen to Gaeilge speakers.
Broad c: k as in "kill"
Slender c: ky as in "kyak" [ie "ceann" - kyawn]
slender b, f, g, m, n, and p all follow this pattern of a "y" sound sliding off.
Broad d: d as in "door", same as English
Slender d: makes more of a j sound [ie "deoch" - jukh]
Broad s: s as in "salad", same as English
Slender s: sh as in "shop"
Broad t: t as in "tap", same as English
Slender t: ch as in "chop"
Broad ch: ch as in the Scottish "loch"
Slender ch: ch as in the German "ich"
Broad gh: Like ch in "loch" but with a g sound
Slender gh: y as in "yellow"
Broad and slender dh: same as broad and slender gh
Broad bh: w as in "wall"
Slender bh: v as in "van"
Broad and slender mh: same as broad and slender bh
Broad and slender fh: Silent
Broad ph: f as in "far"
Slender ph: fy [ie - Pheadar "Fyah-dur"]
Broad and slender sh: h as in "how"
Broad and slender th: same as sh
Ar mhaith leat Gaeilge a fhoghlaim? ^_^ Basics...
a: like 'o' in "cod"
á: like 'aw' in "flaw"
e: like 'e' in "peg"
é: like 'ay' in "hay"
i: like 'i' in "tin"
í: like 'ee' in "heel"
o: like 'u' in "bud"
ó: like 'o' in "home"
u: like 'u' in "bud"
ú: like 'oo' in "cool"