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Here are some recent questions sent to us from members of our online course, and non-members alike. Members can contact us for any questions related to our online lessons. Our answers might help you out too.
Pronouning our Language Assistant’s surname
How does Siobhan pronounce her family name???
Here’s her recording of how to pronounce her surname:
Advanced: Gender of country names
On Bitesize Lesson 62: Countries and nationalities, Lisa asked:
In past lessons, I have read ‘an tEireannach’, ‘an tIndiach’ and ‘an tOstarach’. I think these nouns are masculine because of the initial mutation. Are all or most of the nationalities masculine, even though most of the countries are feminine?!
Thank you for your question.
You’re right! They’re all masculine and you can tell because of the initial mutation. You can also check also by searching it in the dictionary https://www.teanglann.ie/en/fgb/%C3%89ireannach
It’s even clearer still in the Grammar tab: https://www.teanglann.ie/en/gram/%C3%89ireannach
To the best of my knowledge, all nationalities are masculine.
Vowels spelling rule in Irish Gaelic
On Bitesize Lesson 14: Spelling rule, Michael asked:
In one of the examples provided in this lesson i.e. “gháirdín” the first vowel is á.
By what i’ve learned in this lesson should the next vowel not be an A, O or U?
“Gairdín” is spelt correctly because there’s an “i” between the “a” and the “r”. The first rule listed below stands when the “a” (a broad vowel) comes directly before the consonant (the “r” in this case). Let’s take the word “garda”. You can see that since there’s no “i” (a slender vowel) between “a” and “r”, therefore, the vowel immediately following the consonants (“rd” in this case) is either “a”, “o”, or “u”.
- If the vowels “a”, “o” or “u” are immediately followed by one or more consonants, then any vowel immediately following those consonants will also be “a”, “o”, or “u”.
- If the vowels “i” or “e” are immediately followed by one or more consonants, then any vowel immediately following those consonants will also be “i” or “e”.
Recordings of some Irish Gaelic phrases
Rich replied to one of our Irish for Beginners emails with this question:
I would like to be able to say basics. I love you. Thank you. Hello. Bless you.
I love you:
Tá grá agam duit /Taw graw a-gum ditch/ (Just one of the many ways to say this) Here’s a recording:
Go raibh maith agat. And watch our video below!
Dia dhuit! /Jee-ah ghwitch/ Recording:
Dia leat! /Jee-ah lyat/ Recording:
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