We all have questions that may seem too silly to ask.
And you may have plenty of questions related to Ireland and learning Irish.
It’s your chance to leave a reply below this blog post to ask your question about the Irish language or Ireland, but “were too afraid to ask”.
Bill’s (non-silly) questions about Irish
Bill emailed us a while back with some questions, and I thought you might be interested in the replies:
Is it correct that when Irishmen are speaking English, that the English word GAELIC refers to Scottish Gaelic, and IRISH refers only to the 3 major Irish Gaelic dialects?
And when speaking in the “Irish language”, is there another word for GAELIC (referring to other countries, such as Scotland)?
In Irish, we tend to refer to the Scottish Gaelic language as Gàidhlig, a direct import of their word for it. That’s how I’ve seen it used anyway. Pronounce it something like /Gah-lig/.
Also, what is the accepted pronunciation of “GAEILGE”? I hear both (guelga) and (gaelga). Which is preferable in your opinion?
It really varies across dialects. In Ulster (towards the north) it almost sounds like /Gae-lig/ (close to Gaelic, eh?). Conamara is more like /Gae-lig-eh/. In Muster it’s said /Gway-lig-eh/, but in Munster it’s often called Gaolainn /gway-lin/ and not Gaeilge. Take your pick.
Am I correct that the word ANSIN means either THEN (referring to the past) or AT THAT TIME?
Yes, sounds right.
Can it also mean NEXT (referring to something coming up in the future)?
That doesn’t sound wrong to me in any case.
Is there any other meanings that go along with that word ANSIN? I am frequently listening to RTE radio, so am noticing re-occurring words.
Yes, there’s more meaning to it! “Shall ansin” mean “over there”, so it can also refer to a place.
Over to you: Leave your questions below
Now it’s your chance to ask questions that, perhaps, you thought were too small to ask.
Perhaps we won’t be able to answer every question if it’s outside of our range, but we can try and send you in the right direction anyway.
Leave your replies below with your questions about Irish or Ireland.