The Irish Language
(and other Gaelics)
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Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Colaiste Ghàidhlig
na h-Alba [ Gaelic College of Scotland ]
This Scottish Language School is one of the major focal points for Gaelic scholars to communicate, and contains a lot of information on all three Gaelics.
Explanation of the SMO Mailing Lists
"Once upon a time there was the Email list Gaelic-L - for conversation
in all three varieties of Gaelic. This list was very successful. However,
it grew too big. Membership topped 1300, each receiving 20 or more messages
per day. So other lists were set up:
Gaeilge-A - for fluent speakers of Irish Gaelic (no English)
Gaeilge-B - for Irish Gaelic learners (English allowed) "
Official Sites Related to Irish
Irish Language Lessons
|A Quick Summary for our International Visitors|
The Irish language is also known as Gaelic. ( or "Gaeilge"
when you're speaking Irish )
Irish is the one of the oldest languages in Europe, and earliest writing we have today was from an alphabet of notches on stone monuments, many thousands of years old, called 'Ogham', which can be translated today.
Irish speakers can understand Scottish Gaelic and Irish Gaelic can be mutually intelligible languages, but you'd need to study a bit to be able to understand the other. Scottish Gaelic speakers find it easier to understand the northern dialects of Irish.
The word for Scottish Gaelic (in Scottish Gaelic) is "Gaidhlig". The word for Manx Gaelic in that language is "Gaelg".
The Gaelic languages are Celtic languages. Other Celtic languages
include Breton and Welsh, which are not understandable for us, but
they have their own unique histories.
Broadcasters - Web, Radio, TV
Irish Dictionary : English-Irish
The Collins Gem Dictionary is a good pocket Irish-English/English-Irish Dictionary. Great to have, when travelling in Ireland, or even for chatting in Irish on the internet!!
Ó Donaill's Irish-English Dictionary
This dictionary is a serious 'Must-Have' for the coffee table. This book is highly recommended, and ranges from beginner's level to very advanced.
An Teanga Bheo
HERE: GAEL 1
Also, we will be teaching you a few hundred words of Irish using memory techniques. I've tried this myself with other languages, and have gotten 98% accuracy. It's about 4 times faster than normal language learning as well. The only problem is, that we have to get our thinking caps on and CREATE this stuff before we can bring it to you. This is the reason for the delay. These lessons will also be totally FREE! Just tap your email address in here, and you will be emailed when all the good stuff is updated.
Texts [Free books, downloads in English, Irish and Old Irish ]
Ergane Dictionary Download and install the Irish vocab
Travlang's Irish Phrases **** Click 'Submit' Many audio files included [Dialect Munster -mostly] RECOMMENDED
Smo's Weblinks A few good, but totally irrelevant links to this page, although party in Scottish Gaelic. [ Just a bookmark ]
|Hello||Dia Dhuit||dee a gwit|
|How are you?||Conas tá tú?||kunuss taw too|
|Good, thanks, and yourself?||go maith, buíochas le dia, agus tú féin?||gummaw, bweekus le dee-ah oggus too fayne?|
|Thank you||Go raibh maith agat||gurrah maha gut|
|Thanks a lot!||Go raibh míle maith agat||gurrah meela mahagut|
|You're welcome||Tá fáilte romhat||taw fawl-chah rowit|
|Please||Le do thoil.||ledda hull|
|Excuse me||Gaibh mo leithscéal||gomma lesh kayle|
|No||ní hea||nee hah|
|Good night||Óiche mhaith||eeh hah wa|
|I do not understand||Ní thuigim||nee higgim|
|How do you say that in English?||Conas a déarfeá é sin i mBéarla?||kuniss a dare faw ay shin imayrlah|
|Do you speak Irish?||an bhfuil Gaeilge agat?||on will gwayle-guh a gut?|
|Irish (person, thing, etc.., )||Éireannach||ayrah-nuk|
|What is your name?||Cad is ainm duit?||codiss annum ditt?|
|Nice to meet you.||Tá áthas orm bualadh leat.||taw aw-huss orrum boo-lah latt|
|Speak in Irish to me!||Labhair as Gaeilge dom||lawur oss gwayle-guh dum|
Here follows a list of some basic words
that you may be interested in learning, as a beginner. Please note that there
are a few
differences in dialects between different forms of Irish, and that this particular version may be more southern than other versions.
However, each dialect is readily understandable from the other dialects.
These words are presented in a system to help you memorise the words in question. Every effort has been made to make the
learner feel comfortable, and to build a basic vocabulary. It is not the intention of these lessons to throw you in at the deep end.
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