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by aacalhoun Online Now May 16, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Hello,
I would love to learn a few words in Irish to use in Gaeltacht areas. I have a book on Irish place names and have learned a little from that. And I know how to say Slainte. But I know little else and when I know the word, I worry about correct pronunciaton. Might you tell me a few phrases such as "hello," "please," "thank you" "pardon me" and "where is.." along with some type of pronunciation guide (this is the hard part, I think). Thank you so much.

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    Re: Irish Greetings

    by leics Online Now May 16, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Your desire is very admirable, although Irish Gaelic is not an easy language.

    You may find these sites helpful for pronunciation:

    mysite.verizon.net/cbladey/i...

    standingstones.com/gaelpron....

    This page has everyday phrases:

    omniglot.com/language/phrase...

    and this one has phonetic pronunciation as well:

    ireland-information.com/iris...

    You might also find this video Irish language link useful:

    videojug.com/webvideo/how-to...

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  • Re: Irish Greetings

    by aacalhoun Online Now May 16, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Go raibh míle maith agat!

    I'll do my best to use some of these phrases when I'm on Inis Mor.

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    Re: Irish Greetings

    by Orion10101 Online Now May 26, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    Hello: Dia dhuit (Deea-guitch), the reply to this is Dia is Mhuire dhuit (Deea iss Wuirra guitch). The exchange is literally: "God be with you", and "God and Mary be with you".
    Please: Más é do thoil é (mawss eh tho hell eh). Literally "if it be your will".
    Thank you: Go raibh maith agat (gurra mah aguth). Literally, "that good was with you".
    Pardon me: Gabh mo leithscéal (gomo leisch-kayl). Literally, "take my excuse".
    Where is: Cá bhfuil...? (caw will?).....literally, where is (that's a straightforward one finally!).

    Bain taitneamh as (enjoy!!)

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