23-March-2021 – The lessons of the week (ceachtanna na seachtaine) have to do with the beach (an trá) pronounced “ahn traw”. Bhí mé ar an trá inné. (I was on the beach yesterday.) Bhí (Was, Were) is pronounced “vee”. Bhí is a form of the verb Bí (to be) in the past tense. The verb Bí has two forms in the past tense Bhí (the independent form) and Raibh (the dependent form). Raibh is pronounced either “rev” or “row” and is paired with the question particle An which indicates a question or the negative particle Ní which creates a negative statement. Aren’t choices grand?
An raibh tú ar an trá? (Were you on the beach?) An raibh sé ar an trá? (Was he on the beach?) Did you notice how raibh in the question can mean was or were? The same concept is true with bhí in the answer. Bhí mé ar an trá. (I was on the beach.) Bhí sé ar an trá. (He was on the beach.) Bhí siad ar an trá. (They were on the beach.) As I mentioned in lesson 8, it is spring now. An tEarrach atá ann. (It is spring.) Ní raibh móran daoine ar an trá inné. (There were not many people on the beach yesterday. Ní raibh (was not, were not) pronounced “nee rev” or “nee row”.
Did you know that you can copy and paste these phrases in Abair.ie and get the pronunciation (foghraíocht)? There are different settings and you might want to try the Modh = DNN. You can even choose between a woman’s voice or a man’s voice and slow down the speed of the playback via the various settings. Do you speak Irish on the beach? An labhraíonn tú Gaeilge ar an trá? Do you speak Irish? An bhfuil Gaeilge agat? If you comment below, you just might get a reply.
Please tell me in the comments below, the name and location of your favorite beach in Ireland.
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