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IRISH LANGUAGE Q&A

Q&A Le Siobhán Agus Aisling – Thursday October 22nd 2020

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  • The Irish Language and Dyslexia Irish is a phonetic language, particularly compared to English and French. It also has less spelling exceptions than English has.
  • Ansin vs Ann
    • Ansin is “there” in a more definite sense, either a location that can be pointed to, or referred to precisely.
    • Ann is the prepositional pronoun “in it”, but is sometimes used to mean “there” but in a more general sense, for example, to exist: ‘Tá an focal sin ann sa Ghaelainn’ (That word exists in Irish) or ‘Chuaigh mé ann’ (I went there).
  • Nár vs Nach
    • Simply put, nár is the past tense of nach.
    • Nár: When asking a negative question in the past tense, you use nár followed by the verb with a séimhiú or lenition on the first letter if applicable, eg. Nár ghlan tú é? (Didn’t you clean it?).
    • Nach: It is used with various tenses, including the present, future and conditional. It causes the verb to begin with the urú or eclipsis. For example, Nach nglanann tú é go rialta? (Don’t you clean it regularly?)
    • Nár and nach can also be used be used when making a statement, such as ‘An fear nár ghlan a bhróga’ (The man who didn’t clean his shoes), and ‘An fear nach nglanann a bhróga’, (The man who doesn’t clean his shoes).
  • Sentence structure
    • VSO (Verb, Subject, Object) structure is the foundation of sentence structure in Irish.
Taken from the Bitesize Cúrsaí lesson Word Order In Sentences
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  • How to say “in” in Irish
    • i = in a (before a consonant)
      • Tá mé i mbosca. = I’m in a box.
      • Tá mé i Meiriceá. = I’m in America.
    • in = in a (before a vowel)
      • Tá mé in uisce = I’m is in water.
      • Tá mé in ospidéal. = I’m in a hospital.
    • sa = in the (before a consonant)
      • Tá mé sa teach. = I’m in the house.
      • Tá mé sa bhosca. = I’m in the box.
    • san = in the (before a vowel)
      • Tá mé san uisce. = I am in the water.
    • sna = in the (plural)
      • sna scoileanna = in the schools
      • i scoileanna = in schools

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