Cad as duit?
Where are you from?
It’s time for another nibble of Bitesize Irish Gaelic!
From time to time, we’d like to offer you a little taste of what the Bitesize Irish Gaelic on-line learning program has to offer by highlighting one of our lessons.
In this highlight, we’ll look at one of our conversation lessons: Where are you from?
Where are you from?
The sentence above, cad as duit? is one way of asking someone where he or she is from in Irish. Another form you will hear is:
Cá as duit?
which is simply a variation of cad as duit?
There are other ways of asking this, but these are both very common, and would be widely understood.
I am from…
To build up your conversational fluency in Irish, it’s good to be prepared if someone asks you where you are from. Here’s how to reply.
For now, let’s assume you are from America. You will say:
Is as Meiriceá dom
I am from America.
A shorter answer
As with English, you don’t have to answer this question with a full sentence in Irish. You could simply say:
Of course, you may not be from America! The formula is the same for other locations:
It’s important to note that, in Irish, when you’re asked where you’re from, you’re meant to reply with where you’re from originally, not necessarily with where you currently live. That’s a topic for another lesson!
Types of lessons at Bitesize
As of this writing, Bitesize currently offers three types of lessons:
- Vocabulary: These lessons help you learn new words and terms in the language, and show you how to apply them by putting them into useful, everyday, sentences.
- Grammar: These lessons give you the basic building blocks of the language in easy, “bitesized”steps, so it doesn’t get overwhelming.
- Conversation: These lessons give you a chance to use what you’re learning in real-world situations, such as meeting and introducing people, ordering in a restaurant, giving directions, etc.
All of the lessons are audio-rich, so you can learn the correct pronunciation by listening to and emulating the speaker.
These lesson highlights, or “nibbles,” which we’ll offer from time to time, will always include some of the audio from the lesson being featured, so you can get a feel for how the program works. Bitesize members, of course, can access the complete lesson, with full audio.