Monday Night Irish Class — November 19, 2007

Irish Class. November 19, 2007.

Checked against Nick’s official notes.

We started with some dictation–seeing if we could write down spoken Irish. Some vocabulary from that:

beag nach almost
ar dtús at the start, at first
d’éirigh liom I succeeded
ina theannta sin along with that
coicís fortnight f2 gs -e
páirt a ghlacadh to take a part [as in a play]
ar feadh through [a time period] + genitive
léitheoireacht reading, lecture f2
anuraidh last year

is fearr best
is mó most
is faide longest

Form of the superlative
[definite noun] [superlative]
é an rud is fearr
Is í an carr is mó [specific example]
iad an duine is faide
an leabhar

Is é an leabhar is fearr ná Pride and Prejudice.
Pride and Prejudice is the best book.

Note that the comparative uses , while the superlative uses the copula.

níos mó bigger (mór)
níos faide longer (fada)
níos fearr better (maith)
níos deise nicer (deas)

Tá an léine sin níos deise ná an ceann eile.
That shirt is nicer than the other one.

(From Turas Teanga, p. 186.)

We then played a game of

as Gaeilge. This sort of game is hard enough
for me in English. Typically I freeze when the clock starts and
accomplish almost nothing. Afterwards I feel like an idiot when I
listen to the (obvious in retrospect) answers from the other players.

Last night was no exception, but I went along with it, and I
don’t think I looked quite as much like an idiot as I felt.
Well, that is the way things are. Each of are good at some class
activities and not so good at others. For me, this was one of the
latter group.

toradh fruit, result m1 pl torthaí
juice m4
cathaoir chair f gs -each pl -eacha
ádh maith good luck
comhghairdeas congratulation m1
stól stool m1 pl -ta
doirteal [kitchen] sink m1

We had some pleasant interruptions durings all of this.
Mary’s class had
been sent for on a scavenger hunt, and they came in to ask us about
what we were wearing, and a few other questions, all as Gaeilge.

ordóg, “thumb”, is one of a consistent class of nouns, also
including fuinneog. Nouns
that end in -(eo/ó)g are all feminine, all form the plural by -a
and the genitive singular by slenderizing the final consonant and adding
-e. Genitive+article: na hordóige, “of the thumb”.

Nick said that he wanted to have some kind of class reading project, but was rather frustrated because everything he could find was either too easy or too hard for us. J suggested An Tobar, which is something of a Gaeltacht Minnesota rite of passage. So we will see if we can find enough copies for everybody. I actually have two, so we may be off to a good start.

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