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Post February 18 2009, 18:56 PM
Bearn
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As well I am aware. Answering with a verb is so easy I find the idea of a flat yes and know frankly, alien. But that's not to say that divergences from the norm are not starting to occur in native speech. Lughaidh might know more
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Post February 18 2009, 19:00 PM
ulster and proud
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is ea and ní hea are answers to questions using the copula

Post February 18 2009, 19:14 PM
Caffler
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ulster and proud wrote:is ea and ní hea are answers to questions using the copula


aye but i think you'd tend to only use them to answer something indefinite otherwise you'd use is é or ní hé but i'm not totally sure

is cathaoir í
sea
is í an chathaoir í
ní hí


and there's a bit more to this i'm sure.
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éist leis an gceol

tá sult na saoirse i gcló na gcrann
is grá don tsúil a fiaradh,
tá dúil sa rud tá casta cam
is gráin don bhog is don díreach.

Post February 18 2009, 19:35 PM
Ladybugmorris
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is cathaoir í
sea
is í an chathaoir í
ní hí




How do you say these?

Post February 18 2009, 20:47 PM
Ladybugmorris
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Can someone break it down for me?

My husband and I are trying to learn the language, we are going spend the summer there, if not this summer, next summer. We are speaking Irish to each other as much as we can.

Post February 18 2009, 21:14 PM
Redwolf
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Ladybugmorris wrote:Can someone break it down for me?

My husband and I are trying to learn the language, we are going spend the summer there, if not this summer, next summer. We are speaking Irish to each other as much as we can.


What, exactly, do you need broken down? Is the "yes/no" thing still confusing you? (don't worry, if so...it gets a lot of us!)

As we've said, there are no words for "yes," and "no" in Irish. When asked a question, you reply "yes" by using the positive form of the verb in the question and no by using the negative form of the verb. For example:

An dtuigeann tú?: Do you understand?

Tuigim: Yes (literally "I understand")

Ni thuigim: No (literally "I don't understand")

An bhfuil Gaeilge agat?: Do you speak Irish? (literally "is there Irish at-you?")

: Yes (literally "there is")

Níl: No (literally "is not")

Ar mhaith leat cupán tae?: Would you like a cup of tea?

Ba mhaith: Yes (literally "would like")

Níor mhaith: No (literally "wouldn't like")

Etc., Etc., Etc. "Yes" and "No" are always going to depend on the question that is asked.

Redwolf

Post February 18 2009, 21:27 PM
Ladybugmorris
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Ahh! Thank you this is very helpful Redwolf, you are very kind!! :)


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