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Irish Language Q&A – June 2022

Emma and Ben from Bitesize Irish answer your Irish language questions questions live on YouTube!

Question: I can’t pronounce lenitions, can you help

You lenite or soften the sound of a consonant in Irish by placing a ‘h’ after it. There are only certain letters in Irish that can take lenition. ( B,C,D,F,G,M,P,S,T) (bean – cat – doras – fógra – guth – mac – páiste – solas – teach )

This is a useful topic covered in our module on initial mutations in our Aistear Reference Pack – https://aistear.bitesize.irish/reference-pack/initial-mutations/seimhiu-aka-lenition/

But you have to be a member to access that! Sign up to either Explore or Grow membership to access Aistear, to learn the Irish language at your own pace.

Related beginners questions from Kevin

Kevin said:

As a complete new comer to Irish I have what I fear are some very basic questions. Nevertheless some help is very much appreciated. So here goes :
1) what is the different usage between “tá …uaim,uait etc” and “teastaíonn …..uaim,uait etc” ? are they interchangeable?
2) does “an dteastaíonn..uaim etc.” indicate “want” or “need” ?
3) are “an bhfuil” and “an dteastaíonn” as in “do you want/need …?” also interchangeable ?

If this is all complete gibberish to you please ignore!
Thanks and regards, Kevin

Jump into the video above at 6m30s for a discussion! The first question is about modal constructs, dealing with wants vs needs.

The second question is about the verb teastaigh – to be wanted or needed. There’s also discussion about prepositional pronouns “uaim, uait” etc.

How to distinguish between meanings of “Fós”

It can mean “yet” and “still”.

“An bhfuil tú fós ann?” = Are you still there?

“An bhfuil tú ann fós?” = Are you there yet?

Word order seems to be the determinant of the meaning of “fós”. Go raibh maith agat Daniel, a Grow member who is active on Bitesize Pobal for Grow members.

What does Ben get out of running Bitesize Beo?

Bitesize Beo for our Grow members is our group conversation practise call.

It’s a scripted role-play, with chances to ask the fluent instructor questions afterwards. The script allows you to practise beforehand if you wish. The sessions are available regardless of your level of spoken Irish.

It’s now run twice weekly! Read here about the schedule of Bitesize Beo for our Grow members.

Grow members can also get on to Cogar Mogar live calls monthly, where you get to practise reading the Irish language.

Colleen asked a lovely question:

1) As a new grow member, I have been getting quite a bit out of the beo pobal on Tuesdays with Ben. I wonder what he gets out of it. Does it help him understand the irish language better? 2) I understand he is in Portugal, so how does he keep irish alive in his life outside Bitesize?

Tune in at 16m11s for Ben’s answer. Emma also discusses living abroad and having the Irish language part of her life.

Why are people learning to speak the Irish language? Because it’s a lovely and interesting language to learn!

As Colleen added:

Yes, the Internet is a wonderful portal to another language and world.

We want to help you achieve Gaeilge Gach Lá – Irish Every Day. We’ve a whole set of resources collected for you in our Gaeilge Gach Lá email series. It starts with an ebook for 10 secrets for Gaeilge Gach Lá. You’ll also get our weekly newsletter with upcoming live Q&As. Get the Gaeilge Gach Lá emails from Bitesize Irish.

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