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Buns na Gaeilge - Basic Irish Language There is no other way to revive Irish than for a crowd of people to spread

it.
- Douglas Hyde

Note: The spellings and pronunciations used are based on Aideen's own natural use of Connemara Irish but they have been kept simple, so as to be understood where there are differences in the language. For example, the word 'feicfidh' is used only in Connemara Irish; in Leinster, Ulster and Munster the word is 'cfidh'. There are two pronunciations; Leinster/Munster - keefee; Ulster - chee-fee. The biggest problem for people whose native language is English is that the soft 't' and 'd' are in Irish, but not in English; it's difficult to 'reproduce' them in writing. Where I use 'th' and 'dh' here, they are best achieved by putting your tongue gently behind your front upper teeth." Click here for our words & phrases Index. Lesson 48: Halloween and Samhain It's Trick or Treat in the USA and Help The Hallowe'en Party in Ireland, but wherever you are, this week's lesson focuses on words and phrases associated with the day before the Celtic New Year - Samhain (sow-en). Word: Hallowe'en Irish: oche shamhna Pronunciation: ee-heh how-nah Word: Ghost Irish: pca or taibhse Pronunciation: pookah or thyve-sheh

Word: Hobgoblin: Irish: bobodha Pronunciation:bub-uh-dhah Word: Costume Irish: culaith Pronunciation: kul-ah Word: Turnip Irish: tornapa Pronunciation: thurn-ah-pah Word: Pumpkin: Irish: puimcn Pronunciation: pim-keen Word: Bonfire Irish: tine cnmha Pronunciation: chin-eh krawv-ah Word: Fireworks Irish: calaine Pronunciation: kahl-neh Word: Sparklers Irish: sprachlin Pronunciation: spraykh-law-inn Word: Mask Irish: masc Pronunciation: mahsk Phrase: Trick or Treat Irish: cleas n cir Pronunciation: class noh koh-ir Phrase: Barm Brack Irish: Bairn Breac or Arn Breac Pronunciation: bahr-een brack or ah-rawn brack Word: Apples Irish: lla Pronunciation: oo-lah Word: Nuts Irish: cn

Pronunciation: knoh Word: Sweets/Candy Irish: milsein Pronunciation: mill-shaw-inn Word: Games Irish: cluich Pronunciation: kliff-ee Word: Party Irish: cisir Pronunciation: koh-shirr Word: Door Irish: doras Pronunciation: dhur-ahs Phrase: Door-step Irish: leac doiris Pronunciation: lih-ahk dhur-ish Word/Phrase: Witch/ Witch's Broomstick Irish: cailleach/scuab chaill Pronunciation: kyle-yeukh/scoob khyle-ee Halloween Phrases. For the fun of it,this lesson is all about Halloween. Once again, we are most grateful to Aideen, our native Irish speaker, for making this lesson possible. Phrase: Halloween Night happens next Thursday Irish: Titeann Oche Shamhna Dardaoin see chugainn Pronunciation: Thith-inn Ee-heh how -na djayr-dheen shuh hug-inn. Phrase: We'll have great fun at the party Irish: Beidh spraoi mr againn ag an gcuireadh Pronunciation: Bye spree more og-inn egg on gwir-eh. Phrase: We played games and ate our fill of cakes, apples and nuts. Irish: Bhomar ag imirt cluiche agus d'alp muid r gcuid den chiste, chnnna agus lla Pronunciation: Lvee-im-er egg im-irth cliff-eh ah-gus dholp muidge awr guidge djen kish-teh know-anah ah-gus oola. Phrase: I got the ring in the Barm Brack tonight Irish: Fuair mise an finne san Arn Breac anocht Pronunciation: Foo-ir mish-eh an fawn-nyeh san ah-rawn brack ah-nochth.

Phrase: Hurry up, or we'll be late for the bonfire Irish: Brostaigh ort*/oraibh**, n bimd danach le haghaidh an tine cnmha Pronunciation: brus-thee urth/ur-iv, noh bye-meedj jay-noch leh heye an chin-eh knawvah *singular ** plural Phrase: It's time to light the candles for the turnip Irish: T s in am na coinnle a lasadh don tornap Pronunciation: thaw shay in om na quin-leh a loss-ah dhun thurnap. Phrase: I love to hear ghost stories at Halloween Irish: Is bre liom beith ag isteacht leis na scalta taibhs um Shamhain Pronunciation: Iss bra li-um veh egg aysh-thochth lesh nah shkayl-tha thigh-bh-shee um how-inn. Phrase: The sky will be ablaze with the fireworks Irish: Beidh an spir ar lasadh leis na tine calaine Pronunciation: bye on spay-ir err loss-ah lesh nah chin-eh col-an-eh. Phrase: It's I who got the ring in last year's Barm Brack but I'm still not married Irish: Is mise a fuair an finne san Arn Breac anuraidh ach tim fs gan posadh Pronunciation: iss mish-eh ah foo-ir on faw-in-yeh sahn ah-rawn brack ah-nurr-ee okh thaw-im fohs gon pohs-ah Phrase: We have great fun when the apples are bobbing on the water Irish: Is mr an spraoi againne nuair a bhonn na h-lla ag bogadhl ar bharr an uisce Pronunciation: iss mohr an spree ah-ginn-eh noo-ir ah vee-un nah hoo-lah egg bug-ahdhawl err war on ish-geh Phrase: Have we permission to go from house-to-house outdoors in the night air? Irish: Bhfuil cead again dul amach dhoras-godoras faoi aer na h-oche? Pronunciation: will ki-ahdh ah-ginn dhul ah-mahkh oh ghur-ahs guh dur-ahs fwee air nah hee-heh Phrase: Will we be able to see the witch on her broomstick in the dead of night? Irish: An mbeidh deis againn an chailleach ar a scuab a fheiceil i marbh na h-oche? Pronunciation: on my dhesh ag-ginn an khyle-yeukh err ah scoob ah ek-aw-il i mahrv nah hee-heh Phrase: It's not fair to play a nasty trick on people, nor make fun of them. Stop that now! Irish: Nl s ceart n cir mealladh grnna a bhaint as dhaoine n ceap a magadh. ir as sin anois!

Pronunciation: neel shay ki-arth naw koh-ir mahl-ah grawn-ah ah wahnch oss gween-ee naw ki-aho ah mah-gah. eye-ree oss shin ah-nish! Phrase: I was scared stiff when they lit the turnip (pumpkin) with candles inside it Irish: Bh an t-anam scanraithe asam nuair a a las siad an tornapa (puimcn) leis na coinnle istigh ann Pronunciation: vee on thah-nahm skon-reh-hih oss-ahm noo-r ah loss sheedh on thurnah-pah (pim-keen) lesh nag cwinn-leh is-chee onn Phrase: I recognised him immediately when he dropped the mask Irish: D'aithnigh m chomh luath is a d-ir s as an gcur i gcill Pronunciation: dhah-nee may ay khoh loo-ah iss ah dheye-ree shay oss on gur ih gale Phrase: Children are full of devilment at Hallowe'en Irish: Bonn an diabhal i mboilg na bpist Oche Shamhna (literally: they have the devil in their bellies - nicely!!!) Pronunciation: bee-un on jowl ih mull-ig nah bawsh-thee ee-heh how-nah Phrase: (You, plural) Be careful with those fireworks Irish: Bg cramach leis na gcailn sin Pronunciation: bee-gee* koo-rah-makh lesh nah gahl-nee shin * a hard 'g' sound, as in 'go' and not 'gym' Phrase: I've never seen a ghost. Have you? Irish: N fhaca me pca or taibhse riamh. T fin? Pronunciation: nee ahkh-ah may pookah or thyve-sheh reev. thoo hayn? Note: This caught our eye. Yes, we know it isn't gaeilge, but it is fascinating. If nothing else, it is certainly language (and Irish language as well.) Slanguage by Bernard Share ...for all 'decent skins', 'crawthumpers', horse-protestants', 'hard chaws' and 'strong farmers'...a dictionary of Irish slang that's as amusing as it is informative. Click here for Slanguage
For More Basic Irish please click here:

Irish Index

Image: Gaeilge Beo from All Posters and Prints. Buns na Gaeilge - Basic Irish Language There is no other way to revive Irish than for a crowd of

people to spread it.


- Douglas Hyde

Note: The spellings and pronunciations used are based on Aideen's own natural use of Connemara Irish but they have been kept simple, so as to be understood where there are differences in the language. For example, the word 'feicfidh' is used only in Connemara Irish; in Leinster, Ulster and Munster the word is 'cfidh'. There are two pronunciations; Leinster/Munster - keefee; Ulster - chee-fee. The biggest problem for people whose native language is English is that the soft 't' and 'd' are in Irish, but not in English; it's difficult to 'reproduce' them in writing. Where I use 'th' and 'dh' here, they are best achieved by putting your tongue gently behind your front upper teeth." Click here for our words & phrases Index. Lesson 49: Clothing This week, we focus on attire from head to toe; whatever the occasion, from casual to formal, you'll be covered! Word: Clothes Irish: adaigh Pronunciation: ay-dhee Word: Dressing (donning clothes) Irish: glasadh Pronunciation: glays-ah Word: Dress (frock) Irish: gna Pronunciation: goon-ah Word: Skirt Irish: sciorta Pronunciation: shkir-thah Word: Blouse Irish: bls Pronunciation: bloos Word: Suit (of clothes) Irish: culaith adaigh

Pronunciation: kull-eh ay-dhee Word: Shirt Irish: line Pronunciation: lay-neh Word: Tie Irish: carbhat Pronunciation: cahr-wahth Word: Trousers (pants) Irish: brste Pronunciation: breesh-theh Word: Shoes Irish: brga Pronunciation: broh-gah Word: Socks/Stockings Irish: soca Pronunciation: suck-ee Word: Hat Irish: hata Pronunciation: hah-thah Word: Scarf Irish: scairf Pronunciation: scarf Pronunciation: Boots Orosh: bta Pronunciation: boo-thee Word: Formal/Informal (casual) Irish: foirmil/neamh-fhoirmil Pronunciation: fwirm-oo-il/ni-av-irm-oo-il Word: Tuxedo (literally, dinner jacket) Irish: seaicad dinnir Pronunciation: shak-aydh djinn-ayr Phrase: She dresses with taste Irish: Glasann s fin go slachtmhar Pronunciation: glays-ahn she ee fayn guh slahkhth-wur

Phrase: Tidy yourself up! Irish: Cuir caoi ort fin! Pronunciation: kwirr kwee urth hayn Phrase: It's always important in the winter to be warmly clad. Irish: T s tbhachtach i gcna sa Gheimhreadh a bheith cldaithe go maith in aghaidh fuaicht Pronunciation: thaw shat thaw-ukh-thukh ih gohn-ee sah yeev-reh ah veh kloo-dhihheh in eye foo-ikth Phrase: This dinner invitation says that it's formal dress Irish: T s rite ar an gcuireadh dinnir seo go mba chir glasadh go foirmil Pronunciation: thaw shay raw-ih-cheh err on gwirr-eh djinn-ayr shuh guh mah khoh-ir glays-ah guh fwirm-oo-il Phrase: Everybody was wearing their Sunday (best) clothes Irish: Bh culaith Domhnaigh orthu go lir Pronunciation: vee kull-eh dhown-ee ur-hoo guh layr Phrase: I need new shirts to go with that suit Irish: T lin nua de dhith orm le dul leis an gculaith sin Pronunciation: thaw lay-nee noo-ah dheh yee urm leh dhull lesh on gul-ah shin Phrase: I have lots (plenty) of clothes for the Summer Irish: T fuilleach adach agam le h-aghaidh an tSamhraidh Pronunciation: thaw fwill-ukh ay-dhukh ah-gum leh heye on thow (as in cow) -ree Phrase: My little daughter is able to dress herself now Irish: T m'inon beag in ann fin a ghlasadh anois Pronunciation: thaw min-een bi-ug inn on ee fayn ah ghlays-ah ah-nish Phrase: What are you going to wear for the wedding? Irish: Cad a bhas chaitheamh agat ag an mbainis? Pronunciation: cahdh ah vays aw khah-uv ah-guth egg on mahn-ish Phrase: He/she put on/took off..... Irish: Chuir s/s air/uirthi....../Bhain s/s dhe/dh...... Pronunciation: kwirr shay/she err/irr-hee........../wahn shay/she yeh/yee...... Note: This caught our eye. Yes, we know it isn't gaeilge, but it is fascinating. If nothing else, it is certainly language (and Irish language as well.) Slanguage by Bernard Share ...for all 'decent skins', 'crawthumpers', horse-protestants', 'hard chaws' and 'strong farmers'...a dictionary of Irish slang that's as amusing as it is informative. Click here for Slanguage

For More Basic Irish please click here:

Irish Index

Image: Gaeilge Beo from All Posters and Prints. Buns na Gaeilge - Basic Irish Language There is no other way to revive Irish than for a crowd of people to spread it.
- Douglas Hyde

Note: The spellings and pronunciations used are based on Aideen's own natural use of Connemara Irish but they have been kept simple, so as to be understood where there are differences in the language. For example, the word 'feicfidh' is used only in Connemara Irish; in Leinster, Ulster and Munster the word is 'cfidh'. There are two pronunciations; Leinster/Munster - keefee; Ulster - chee-fee. The biggest problem for people whose native language is English is that the soft 't' and 'd' are in Irish, but not in English; it's difficult to 'reproduce' them in writing. Where I use 'th' and 'dh' here, they are best achieved by putting your tongue gently behind your front upper teeth." Click here for our words & phrases Index. Lesson 50: Post/Mailing and Shipping In England, the Royal Mail delivers the post. In the USA, the United States Post Office delivers the mail. In Ireland, there is no confusion customarily, the word mail isn't used at all. Phrase: The Post (Postal

Service) Irish: An Post Pronunciation: on pussth Word: Letter Irish: litir Pronunciation: lih-chir Phrase: Post Card Irish: crta phoist Pronunciation: kawr-thah fwishth Word: Parcel/Package Irish: beart Pronunciation: bahrth Phrase: Sticky Tape Irish: tip greamannach Pronunciation: thayp grahm-on-okh Word: Postage Irish: postas Pronunciation: puss-thahs Phrase: Postage Stamp Irish: stampa poist Pronunciation: sthahm-pah pwishth Word: Address Irish: seoladh Pronunciation: shoh-lah Phrase: Return Address Irish: seoladh an tseoltra Pronunciation: shoh-lah on tchohl-thoh-rah Phrase: Post Office Irish: Oifig an Phoist Pronunciation: eff-ig on fwishth Phrase: Post Office Box (as in address)/Letter Box (where you deposit mail) Irish: Bosca Phoist Pronunciation: buss-kah fwishth Word: Delivery Irish: seachadadh

Pronunciation: shokh-ah-dhah Word: Street Irish: srid Pronunciation: sraw-ij Word: Road Irish: bthar Pronunciation: boh-thahr Word: Town Irish: baile Pronunciation: bahl-yeh Word: City Irish: cathair Pronunciation: kah-hirr Word: Ireland Irish: ire or ireann Pronunciation: ay-reh or ay-run Word: (The) USA Irish: (Na) Stit Aontaithe Pronunciation: (nah) sthaw-itj ayn-the-heh Word: Europe Irish: Eoraip Pronunciation: yohr-up Word: Australia Irish: An Astril Pronunciation: on oss-thraw-il Word: Canada Irish: Ceanada Pronunciation: cah-nah-dah Phrase: Postal Code (zip) Irish: cd phoist Pronunciation: kohdh fwishth Word: Postman/woman/Mailman/woman Irish: fear/bean a' phoist Pronunciation: fahr/bahn ah fwishth

Phrase: Air Mail Irish: Aer Phost Pronunciation: air fusth Phrase: Express Mail Irish: Post Luais Pronunciation: pussth loo-ish Phrase: Priority Mail Irish: Post Tosaochta Pronunciation: pussth thus-ee-ukh-thah Phrase: Surface Mail Irish: Post Dreacht Pronunciation: pussth dhrahkth Word: Overnight Irish: thar oche Pronunciation: hahr ee-heh Word: International Irish: idirnisinta Pronunciation: idjir-naw-shoon-thah Word: Overseas Irish: thar lear Pronunciation: hahr lih-ahr Phrase: Customs Form Irish: Foirm Custaim Pronunciation: fwirm cuss-thim Word: Duty Irish: dleacht Pronunciation: dhlahkhth Phrase: Return to sender Irish: Fill ar Sheolthir Pronunciation: fill err hih-ol-hoh-ir Phrase: I'd like this parcel to arrive in time for Christmas Irish: Is mian liom an beart seo a bheith i lthair le h-aghaidh na Nollaig Pronunciation: iss meen li-um on bahrth shuh ab veh ih law-hir leh heye nah null-ig Phrase: How soon do I need to mail Christmas cards to/from the USA to Ireland, Canada......?

Irish: C chomh luath is g dom crta Nollaig a chur sa phost go dt/ Na Stit Aontaithe....... go...? Pronunciation: kau khoh loo-ah iss gaw dhum nah kawr-thee nill-ig ah khur sah fussth guh djee/oh nah sthaw-itj ayn-the-heh.....guh....? Phrase: My goal is to have all my cards written and sent by the beginning of (the month of) December Irish: T s d'intinn agam mo chrta uilig a beith scrte agus curtha sa phost faoi ths m na Nollag Pronunciation: thaw shay dhinn-chin ah-gum muh khawr-thee ill-ig ah veh shcree-tjeh ah-gus kur-hah sah fusth hoos mee nah null-ahg Phrase: I would like a sheet (page)/book of stamps please. Irish: Ba maith liom leathanach/leabhrn stampa led' thoil Pronunciation: bah wye li-um li-ah-ahn-ahkh/li-ow-rawn sthahm-pee ledh hell Phrase: How much is it to send this parcel by priority mail to Ireland? Irish: C mhid an beart seo a chur ar an bpost tosaochta go hireann Pronunciation: kay vayidj on bahrth shuh ah khur err on bussth guh hay-run Phrase: It's a gift (when filling out a customs form) Irish: Is bronntanas Pronunciation: iss brun-thahn-ahs ay Phrase: I love receiving cards from (countries) all over the world Irish: Is bre liom crta a fhil thortha ar fud an domhain Pronunciation: iss brah li-um kawr-thee ah aw-il oh heer-hah err fudh on dhow-inn Phrase: It was returned for insufficient postage Irish: Seoladh ar ais toisc ganntanas postas Pronunciation: shoh-oo err-ash ay thushk gahn-thahn-ahs puss-thas Note: This caught our eye. Yes, we know it isn't gaeilge, but it is fascinating. If nothing else, it is certainly language (and Irish language as well.) Slanguage by Bernard Share ...for all 'decent skins', 'crawthumpers', horse-protestants', 'hard chaws' and 'strong farmers'...a dictionary of Irish slang that's as amusing as it is informative. Click here for Slanguage
For More Basic Irish please click here:

Irish Index

Image: Gaeilge Beo from All Posters and Prints. Buns na Gaeilge - Basic Irish

Language There is no other way to revive Irish than for a crowd of people to spread it. - Douglas Hyde Note: The spellings and pronunciations used are based on Aideen's own natural use of Connemara Irish but they have been kept simple, so as to be understood where there are differences in the language. For example, the word 'feicfidh' is used only in Connemara Irish; in Leinster, Ulster and Munster the word is 'cfidh'. There are two pronunciations; Leinster/Munster - kee-fee; Ulster - chee-fee. The biggest problem for people whose native language is English is that the soft 't' and 'd' are in Irish, but not in English; it's difficult to 'reproduce' them in writing. Where I use 'th' and 'dh' here, they are best achieved by putting your tongue gently behind your front upper teeth." Click here for our words & phrases Index. Lesson 54: Planning a Party Planning a party for St. Patrick's Day or other special event? This week's lesson offers appropriate words and phrases for organizing your next special occasion. Word: Party Irish: cisir Pronunciation: koh-shir Word: Party (very informal) Irish: spraoi/sclip Pronunciation: spree/shklayp Word: Invitation Irish: cuireadh Pronunciation: cwirr-eh Word: Reply Irish: admhil Pronunciation: ahd-waw-il Word: Guest Irish: cuairteoir Pronunciation: koor-tchoh-ir

Word: Menu Irish: bia-chlr Pronunciation: bee-ah khlawr Word: Venue Irish: lthair Pronunciation: law-hirr Word: Supper Irish: suipir Pronunciation: sip-ayr Word: Decorate Irish: maisi Pronunciation: mahsh-oo Word: Celebration Irish: ceiliradh Pronunciation: kell-oor-ah Word: Christening Irish: bisteadh Pronunciation: bawsh-theh Word: Birthday Irish: l breithe Pronunciation: law breh-heh Word: Engagement (marriage) Irish: gealltanas Pronunciation: gih-ahl-thahn-uss Word: Graduation Irish: bronnadh cime Pronunciation: brun-ah kay-meh Phrase: Anniversary of... Irish: cothrom na... Pronunciation: kuh-rum nah Phrase: Lights (lightings) and sounds Irish: soils agus fuaimeanna Pronunciation: syel-shee ah-gus foo-im-ah-nah Word: Music

Irish: ceoil Pronunciation: ki-ohl Phrase: We must remember that there will be some older people attending Irish: N mr dinn chuimhni go mbeidh roinnt igin dhaoine nos sinne i lthair Pronunciation: nee mohr dhoo-in kwiv-noo guh my ryntch ay-gin (hard 'g') gwee-nee nees shin-eh ih law-hirr Phrase: It's lovely when everybody enters into the spirit of the occasion Irish: Is bre an rud nuair a ghlacann chuile le dearcadh na hcide Pronunciation: iss braw on rudh ay noo-ir ah ghlahk-ahn khwill-eh leh djahr-kah nah hohcaw-djeh Phrase: We must ensure that the engaged couple enjoy themselves as well Irish: Caithfimid a sholthar go mbaineann an lnin ghealltanas taithneamh as chomh maith Pronunciation: kah-ah-midj ah hull-aw-hur guh mahn-ahn on law-noo-in gih-ahl-thahnuss thah-nuv oss khog mye Phrase: X will be in charge of decorating the venue and the lighting and sound Irish: Beidh X i gceannas maisichn agus soils agus fuaimeanna Pronunciation: bye X ih gih-ahn-ahs mahsh-oo-khawn ah-gus syel-shee ah-gus foo-imah-nah Phrase: I'd like to invite the whole neighbourhood Irish: Ba maith liom cuir a chur amach don chomharsanacht uilig Pronunciation: ba whye li-um cwirr-ee ah khur ah-mahkh dhun khohr-sahn-ahkhth ill-ig Phrase: We have to put a limit on the total number of guests Irish: N mr dinn teorann a chur ar an uimhir iomln de chuirteoiri Pronunciation: nee more dhoo-in choh-run ah khurr err on iv-ir um-lawn djeh khoortchoh-ir-ee Phrase: Has that extra food been ordered? Irish: Bhfuil an bia breise sin curtha faoi ord? Pronunciation: will on bee-ah bresh-eh shin kur-hah fwee ur-dhoo? Phrase: I'm glad it's over and that we made it a great success Irish: T thas orm go bhfuil s thart agus gur dheinimear rud maith de Pronunciation: thaw aw-hahs urm guh will shay hahrth ah-gus gur yen-ih-mahr rudh mye djeh Note: This caught our eye. Yes, we know it isn't gaeilge, but it is fascinating. If nothing else, it is certainly language (and Irish language as well.) Slanguage

by Bernard Share ...for all 'decent skins', 'crawthumpers', horse-protestants', 'hard chaws' and 'strong farmers'...a dictionary of Irish slang that's as amusing as it is informative. Click here for Slanguage For More Basic Irish please click here: Irish Index Image: Gaeilge Beo from All Posters and Prints.