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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 On these pages, we will make a valiant effort to provide you with useful words and phrases. One of our subscribers, Aideen, grew up speaking Irish at her mother's knee. She has generously agreed to help us with our lessons. We have put her comments and pronunciations in green. Note: The spellings and pronunciations used by Aideen are based in her own natural use of Connemara Irish but they have been kept simple, so as to be readily understood in any part of Ireland 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 the Irish language, but not in the English language; it's difficult to 'reproduce' them in writing in English. 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 55: Common Ailments and Illness It's still the season for colds and coughs in our part of the world, so our lesson this time focuses on Easlinte agus Tinneas Coitianta Common Ailments and Illness. Phrase: Common Ailments and Illness Irish: Easlinte agus Tinneas Coitianta Pronunciation: ah-slaw-intcheh ah-gus tchin-ess kuh-tchee-un-thah

Word: Cold Irish: slaghdn Pronunciation: slye-dhawn Word: 'Flu Irish: fli Pronunciation: flih-oo Word: Sneeze Irish: sraoth Pronunciation: sree Word: Cough Irish: casacht Pronunciation: kahs-ukth Word: Coughdrop/lozenge Irish: losainn chasachta Pronunciation: lohs-in khahs-ukth-thah Word: High Temperature/fever Irish: teocht rd/fiabhras Pronunciation: chokhth awrdh/feev-rahs Word: Medication Irish: cgas leighis Pronunciation: koh-gahs lyesh Word: Doctor Irish: dochtir Pronunciation: dhukh-thoo-ir Word: Virus Irish: voras (note: this is very rare use of the letter 'v' in Irish) Pronunciation: vee-rahs Word: Bronchitis Irish: broinciteas Pronunciation: brun-kee-thahs Word: Pneumonia Irish: nimine Pronunciation: new-mohn-eh Word: Symptom(s) Irish: air

Pronunciation: ah-ree Word: Ache/pain Irish: pian Pronunciation: peen Word: Nausea Irish: samhnas goile Pronunciation: sow-nahs gwell-eh Word: Headache Irish: tinneas cinn Pronunciation: tchin-ess keen Word: Pale Irish: bngnitheach (note: this is very rare instance where a slender vowel follows a broad one after a consonant) Pronunciation: bawn-gnay-hukh Word: Contagious Irish: gabhlach Pronunciation: gow (as in cow)- awl-ukh Word: Prescription Irish: oideas Pronunciation: edge-us Word: Antibiotic Irish: frithbheathnach Pronunciation: frih-vah-nukh Word: Chemist (Pharmacist) Irish: poitigir Pronunciation: puth-ih-gay-ir Word: Pills/Tablets Irish: piolla Pronunciation: pi-ull-ee Word: Dose Irish: srideog Pronunciation: sraw-djohg Word: Teaspoon Irish: taespng (note: this is very rare instance where a broad vowel follows a slender one after a consonant)

Pronunciation: thay-spoon-ohg Phrase: Chicken soup Irish: anraith sicn Pronunciation: ahn-reh shik-een Phrase: You should wrap up warm and drink plenty of fluids Irish: Ba chir duit t fin a chldach go maith agus raidhse leachta a shlgadh siar Pronunciation: bah khoh-ir dhitch thoo hayh ah khloo-dhukh guh mye ah-gus rye-sheh lahk-thee ah khloh-gah sheer Phrase: I'm feeling under the weather (out of sorts) Irish: T meathlaocht igin orm Pronunciation: thaw mah-lee-ukth ay-gin (hard 'g') urm Phrase: I can't stop sneezing Irish: Nlim i ndan cl ar chur ar an sraoth Pronunciation: nee-lim ih non kool ah khur err on sree Phrase: This cough syrup tastes terrible Irish: T blas uafsach ar an sioroip casachta seo Pronunciation: thaw blahs oo-faws-ukh err on syrup kahs-ukth-thah shuh Phrase: She's slightly feverish Irish: T beagn teasa uirthi Pronunciation: thaw bih-ug-awn tchahs-ah ir-hee Phrase: We really ought to call in a doctor Irish: Ba chir dinn fios a chur ar dhochtir Pronunciation: bah khoh-ir dhoo-in fiss ah khur err gukh-thoo-ir (hard 'g') Phrase: You'll have to stay home from school Irish: Caithfidh t fanach sa mbaile n scoil Pronunciation: kah-hee thoo fahn-ukth sah mahl-yeh ohn skwell Phrase: I have to call in sick Irish: N mr dom scal a chur isteach go bhfuilim tinn Pronunciation: nee mohr dhum shkayl ah khur is-ti-okh guh will-im tchinn Phrase: I'm all stuffed up (congested) Irish: T brnn ar a chile inim Pronunciation: thaw broon err ah khay-leh in-im Phrase: Take your medicine - it will make you feel better Irish: Gabhil an cgas leighis agus tiocfaigh feabhas ort Pronunciation: gow (as in cow) - aw-il on koh-gahs lyesh ah-gus chuck-ee fi-ow-us urth

Phrase: This cold has gone down into my chest Irish: T an slaghdan seo tar is imirce im ucht Pronunciation: thaw on slye-dhawn shuh thahr aysh im-ir-keh im ukth Phrase: You must stay in bed for a couple of days Irish: N mr dhuit fanacht sa leaba le haghaidh cpla l Pronunciation: nee mohr gwitch fahn-ahkhth sah li-ahpag leh hye coop-ah law Phrase: The worst is over Irish: T an chuid is measa thart Pronunciation: thaw on kwidj is mahs-ah hahrth Phrase: I'm feeling much better Irish: T biseach mr orm Pronunciation: thaw bish-ukh mohr urm 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 57: Irish Wildlife This week's lesson focuses on the mammals, birds, and fish commonly found in Ireland. It's by no means complete - for example, there are about 375 birds listed as present in the country, whether as migratory or as permanent residents! Phrase: Wild Animals Irish: Ainmhithe Allta Pronunciation: ahn-vih-heh ahl-thah * Note; Although the Irish word 'fiin' (fee-aw-in) is generally used for 'wild', in the case of animals, it is 'allta' Word: Deer Irish: fia Pronunciation: fee-ah Phrase: Fallow Deer Irish: fia fionn Pronunciation: fee-ah -fih-un Phrase: Red Deer Irish: ruaphoc Pronunciation: roo-ah-fuk Word: Doe Irish: eilit Pronunciation: ell-itch Word: Stag Irish: poc/fia fireann

Pronunciation: puck/fee-ah Word: Antlers Irish: binn Pronunciation: binn Word: Fawn Irish: oisn Pronunciation: uh-sheen Word: Hare Irish: giorria Pronunciation: girr-ee-ah (hard 'g') Word: Rabbit Irish: coinn Pronunciation: kun-neen Word: Fox Irish: madra rua (literally: red dog) or sionnach Pronunciation: mah-dhrah roo-ah or shih-unn-ukh Word: Cub Irish: coilen Pronunciation: kwell-awn Word: Badger Irish: broc Pronunciation: bruk Word: Otter: Irish: dobharch Pronunciation: dhuv-ahr-khoo Word: Squirrel Irish: iora Pronunciation: ih-urra Phrase: Connemara Pony Irish: gearrchapall Chonamara Pronunciation: gih-ahr-khahp-ull khun-ah-mah-rah Word: Bat Irish: smiste Pronunciation: smish-theh

Word: Shrew Irish: dallg Pronunciation: dhahl-ohg Word: Hedgehog Irish: grinneog Pronunciation: groin-ih-ohg Word: Mouse Irish: luch Pronunciation: lukh Word: Stoat Irish: easg Pronunciation: ass-ohg Word: Otter Irish: dobharch Pronunciation: dhuv-ahr-khoo Word: Seal Irish: rn Pronunciation: rohn Word: Porpoise Irish: muc mara (literally: sea pig) Pronunciation: muck warra Word: Swan Irish: eala Pronunciation: ah-lah Word: Goose/Geese Irish: g/ganna Pronunciation: gay/gay-ahnah Word: Duck Irish: lachan Pronunciation: lah-khahn Word: Corncrake Irish: traonach Pronunciation: three-nahkh Word: Sparrow Irish: gealbhn

Pronunciation: gih-ahl-vawn Word: Skylark Irish: fuiseog Pronunciation: fwish-ohg Word: Blackbird Irish: londubh Pronunciation: lun-dhuv Word: Wren Irish: dreoiln Pronunciation: dhroh-leen Word: Pigeon/Claypigeon Irish: colr/crcholr Pronunciation: kull-oor/kray-khull-oor Word: Frog Irish: loscn Pronunciation: luss-kawn Word: Toad Irish: buaf Pronunciation: boof Word: Lizard Irish: laghairt Pronunciation: lye-irtch Word: Salmon Irish: bradn Pronunciation: bradh-awn Word: Trout Irish: breac Pronunciation: brack (literally: speckled, as the word is used in Barm Brack!) Word: Eel Irish: eascann Pronunciation: ahs-kahn Word: Butterfly Irish: feileacn Pronunciation: fell-ih-kawn

Word: Dragonfly Irish: snthaid mhr Pronunciation: snaw-hidj wohr Ladybird (ladybug) Irish: bin Pronunciation: boh-in Word: Bee Irish: beach Pronunciation: bahkh Word: Wasp Irish: puch Pronunciation: pukh Word: Spider Irish: damhn alla Pronunciation: dhow-awn ahlah Word: Midge (the tiny gnat that drives people and animals crazy in the summer) Irish: corrmholtg Pronunciation: kurr-veel-thohg Phrase: We are strongly opposed to fox-hunting. It's a cruel sport. Irish: Timid go mr i gcoinne fiaich sionnach. Is sprt crulach . Pronunciation: thaw-mwidj guh mogr ih gwinn-eh fee-ukh shih-unn-ukh. iss spohrth kroo-awl-ukh ay. Phrase: Fox-hunting is very popular in Cork. Irish: T seilg an tsionnach ana choitianta ar fud Chorcaigh. Pronunciation: thaw shell-ig on chunn-ukh onah khuh-chee-unthah err fugh khur-khee Phrase: Boxing Day and New Year's Day are traditional times for a fox-hunt. Irish: Siad L Nollaig agus L le Stiophn na laethe traidisinta le h-agaidh fiaich sionnach. Pronunciation: sheedh law null-ig ah-gus law leh stiff-awn nah lay-heh thrah-dhish-oonthah leh heye fee-ukh shih-unn-ukh Phrase: The thrill of the chase. Irish: Eiteog sa dul faoi thir. Pronunciation: etch-hohg sah dhull fwee hoh-ir Phrase: You can see hundreds of deer in the National Parks. Irish: T na cadta fia le feiscint sna pirceanna nisinta. Pronunciation: thaw nah kaydh-that fee leh fesh-kintch snah paw-irk-nah naw-ish-oon-

thah Phrase: The top of cliffs are great for bird-watching. Irish: Is ontach barr na h-aill le dul ag breathn ar n-in. Pronunciation: iss een-thukh bawr nah hahl-yee leh dhull egg brah-noo err nayn Phrase: There are no snakes left in Ireland since the time of St. Patrick. Irish: Nl aon nathair fgtha in ireann aimsir Phdraig Naofa. Pronunciation: neel ayb nah-irr fawg-hah in ay-run oh eyem-shirr faw-rig nee-fah Phrase: You need a licence to hunt deer in Ireland. Irish: N mr ceadnas a fhil le dul ag seilg fia in ireann. Pronunciation: nee mohr kih-ah-dhoon-ahs ah oil leh dhull egg shell-ig fee-ah inn ay-run Phrase: We will go duck-shooting next month when the season begins. Irish: Rachaimid ag foghlaeireacht lachain an mh seo chugainn nuair a bhas an sasr tosaithe. Pronunciation: rahkh-ah-midg egg fow-layr-ukth lah-khinn on vee shuh hug-inn noo-ir ah vays on say-shoor thuss-ih'heh Phrase: We are (will be) going deer-stalking next week. Irish: Bimid ag dul a' fiaich an tseachtain seo chugainn. Pronunciation: bey-mwidj egg dhull a' fee-ukh on tshokh-thin shuh hug-inn Phrase: To run with the hare and hunt with the hounds. Irish: An chreach a shoilg agus an torr a chosc. Pronunciation: on crack ah hell-ig ah-gus on thurr ah khusk Phrase: He's (a person) a sly fox! Irish: Is sliomadir ! Pronunciation: iss shlum-ah-dhoh-it ay 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 56: All Work and No Play This lesson focuses on words and phrases related to job titles and finding employment. It would appear we made a mistake and did this lesson twice. Nevertheless, they are different. So, until we decide what to do about it, click here for the other version of the same topic: Occupations. Phrase: Jobs and Work Irish: Postanna agus Obair Pronunciation: pusth-uh-nah ah-gus ub-ir Word: Job/Position Irish: Post Pronunciation: pusth

Word: Engineer Irish: Innealtir Pronunciation: inn-ahl-thoh-ir Word: Doctor Irish: Dochtir Pronunciation: dhukh-thoo-ir Word: Nurse Irish: Banaltra Pronunciation: bahn-ahl-trah Word: Lawyer Irish: Dlodir Pronunciation: djlee-uh-dhoh-ir Word: Teacher Irish: Minteoir Pronunciation: moon-tchoh-ir Word: Journalist Irish: Iriseoir Pronunciation: irr-ish-oh-ir Word: Secretary Irish: Rna Pronunciation: roo-nee Word: Veterinarian Irish: Tridlia Pronunciation: thraydh-lee-ah Word: Publican Irish: Tbhairneoir Pronunciation: thawv-err-neoh-ir Word: Barmaid/Barman Irish: Cailn/Fear Tbhairne Pronunciation: kahl-een/fahr thawv-err-neh Word: Thatcher Irish: Tuodir Pronunciation: thee-uh-dhoh-ir Word: Labourer Irish: Oibr

Pronunciation: ebb-ree Word: Plumber Irish: Pluimir Pronunciation: plum-ay-ir Word: Electrician Irish: Leictreoir Pronunciation: lek-throh-ir Word: Farmer Irish: Feirmeoir Pronunciation: ferm-eoh-ir Word: Salary Irish: Tuarastal Pronunciation: thoor-ahs-thahl Phrase: Application form Irish: Foirm iarratais Pronunciation: fwirm eer-ah-thish Word: Interview Irish: Agallamh Pronunciation: ah-gahl-ahv Word: Employee Irish: Fosta Pronunciation: fuss-thee Word: Employer Irish: Fostir Pronunciation: fuss-thoh-ir Phrase: Employment Agency Irish: Gnomhaireacht Fostaochta Pronunciation: gneev-err-ukhth fuss-thee-ukhthah Word: Rsum/Curriculum Vitae Irish: Athchoimri Pronunciation: ah-khwem-roo Phrase: Every person to his (her) own job Irish: Gach duine lena cheird fin Pronunciation: gakh dhin-eh leh-nah kherdj fayn

Phrase: He is unemployed at the moment Irish: T s as obair faoi lthair Pronunciation: thaw shay oss ub-irr fwee law-hir Phrase: She has been promoted to a higher position Irish: T s tar is irde i gcim a fhil Pronunciation: thaw she thahr aysh aw-ir-djeh ih game ah aw-il Phrase: I am going to apply for that job at the hospital Irish: Tim chun chur isteach ar an bpost sin ag an oispidal Pronunciation: thaw-im khun kur is-tjiahkh err an busth shin egg ahn us-pidjail Phrase: You must apply yourself to your work Irish: N mr duit dthracht a chaitheamh led' obair Pronunciation: nee more gwitch dhooh-rukhth ah khah-huv ledh ub-ir Phrase: What are the perks (benefits) that go with that job? Irish: Cad iad na buntist a ghabhann leis an bpost sin? Pronunciation: kahdh eedh nah bun-thaw-ish-thee ah ghow-un (hard 'g') lesh on busth shin Phrase: Be certain to dress smartly for the interview Irish: B cinnte glasadh go slachtmhar le h-aghaidh an agallamh Pronunciation: bee kin-tcheh glays-ah guh slahkhth-wahr le heye on ah-gahl-ahv Phrase: I've sent my Rsum/Curriculum Vitae to several agencies Irish: Tim tar is m'athchoimri a sheoladh chuig ghnomhaireachta agsla Pronunciation: thaw-im thahr aysh m'ah-khwem-roo ah hih-oh-lah khwig gneev-errukhth-thee ayg-soo-lah Phrase: What responsibilities did you have in your last position? Irish: Card iad na freagrachta a bh id chram sa phost seo thart? Pronunciation: kayrdh eedh nah frahg-rukh-thee ah vee idh khoo-rum sah fussth shuh hahrth? Phrase: What salary do you expect? Irish: Cn tuarastal at i gcoinne agat? Pronunciation: kayn thoor-ahs-thahl ah-thaw ih gwinn-yeh ah-ghuth? Phrase: I failed the interview Irish: Theip orm san agallamh Pronunciation: hep urm sahn ah-gahl-ahv Phrase: I start the new job next week Irish: Tosnam sa phost nua an tseachtain seo chugainn Pronunciation: thuss-nee-um sah fussth no-ah on tchokh-thun shuh hug-inn

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.