Irish Class, March 23, 2009

Irish Class, March 23, 2009

Rang Gaeilge, 23ú lá mí Márta 2009


Fadas: áéíóúÁÉÍÓÚ


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.

cat cat
seilide snail
gabhar goat m1
muc pig
nathair snake
beach bee f2
luchóg mouse
tarbh bull
ulchabhán owl m1
cuil fly f2
béar bear
capall horse
caora sheep f
iolar eagle m1
portán crab m1
damhán alla spider
madra dog m4
cearc hen
féileacán butterfly
coinín rabbit m4
iasc fish m1
dhá ainmhi is fiche 22 animals
folach hiding m1
cúl back
leathanach page, sheet m1 gs
faigh get, find
i gceist in question
Tugaigí aire take care pl 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!

    dáiríre seriousness m4
    An i ndáiríre atá tú? Is it seriousness that you
    an t-am ar fad the whole time
    an lá ar fad the whole day
    stiocaire cheapskate, 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 ceiliúradh celebrating
    anois is aríst now 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,
  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

    ortsa you have to emphatic
    iasacht loan
    d’iasacht your loan ←do iasacht
    íoc pay v
    aisíoc pay back, refund v
    uaim from me

Some notes on the preposition ‘le’

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

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

    lena charr with his car (contrast leis “with him”
    lean carr with her car (contrast léi “with her”
    lena gcarr with their car
  • ‘lenár‘ in combination with ‘ár’, “with

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‘.

féadfaidh will be possible
fainic beware
corr- odd, occasional always with hyphen
an gcorr-ghaiste the odd trap
domhan world, earth m1
oiread quantity, amount
iarracht attempt, try
Tar i gcabhair ar dhuine Come to the aid of someone
rugadh was caught, born /rugu:/ past aut
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