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Irish Class, March 23, 2009
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Rang Gaeilge, 23ú lá mí Márta 2009

Wes handed out copies of the word puzzle for those of us (like me) who couldn't make it out to last week's pub night.

Vocabulary
catcat
seilidesnail
gabhargoatm1
mucpig
nathairsnake
beachbeef2
luchógmouse
cow
tarbhbull
ulchabhánowlm1
cuilflyf2
béarbear
capallhorse
caorasheepf
iolareaglem1
portáncrabm1
damhán allaspider
madradogm4
cearchen
féileacánbutterfly
coinínrabbitm4
iascfishm1
dhá ainmhi is fiche22 animals
folachhidingm1
cúlback
leathanachpage, sheetm1 gs leatanaigh
faighget, find
i gceistin question
Tugaigí airetake carepl imp of tabhair

Listening exercise.

  1. A: Céard atá tú ag ól? Ba mhaith liom deoch a cheannach dhuit.
    What are you drinking? I would like to buy you a drink

    [Note modal construction]

  2. B: An i ndáiríre atá tú? Agus thusa an t-am ar fad i do stiocaire!
    Are you being serious? And you are a tightwad all the time!

    dáiríreseriousnessm4
    An i ndáiríre atá tú? Is it seriousness that you are?[lit]
    an t-am ar fadthe whole time
    an lá ar fadthe whole day
    stiocairecheapskate, tightwad
  3. A: Nach bhféadfadh aon duine a bheith ag ceiliúradh anois is aríst?
    Isn't it possible for a person to be celebrating once in a while?

    Nach bhféadfadh...Isn't is possible...? /nax ve:dax/
    ag ceiliúradhcelebrating
    anois is arístnow and again
  4. B: Bhuel, Cén rud atá agatsa le ceiliúradh inniu?
    Well, what thing do you have to celebrate today?

    means no mutation.
    le[in order] to(here). Note, le
  5. A: Is inniu an lá ar a bhfuil ortsa d'iasacht a aisíoc atá agatsa uaim.
    Today is the day on which you have to pay back the loan you have from me

    ortsayou have toemphatic
    iasachtloan
    d'iasachtyour loan←do iasacht
    íocpayv
    aisíoc pay back, refundv
    uaimfrom me

Some notes on the preposition 'le'

  • It takes the form 'leis' before the definite articles 'an' and 'na'.

    leis an gcarrwith the car
    leis na carranna (carraí) with the cars
  • It takes the form 'lena' when combined with the possessive 'a' (his/her/their).

    lena charrwith his car (contrast leis "with him"
    lean carrwith her car (contrast léi "with her"
    lena gcarrwith their car
  • 'lenár' in combination with 'ár', "with our".

Some other prepositions ending in vowels behave similarly: ina, faoina, óna, trína.


At the end of the class we looked briefly at the exercises for the fable, 'An Leon agus an Luchóg'.

féadfaidhwill be possible
fainicbeware
corr-odd, occasional always with hyphen
an gcorr-ghaistethe odd trap
domhanworld, earthm1
oireadquantity, amount
iarrachtattempt, try
Tar i gcabhair ar dhuine Come to the aid of someone
rugadhwas caught, born/rugu:/ past aut of beir
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