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 Aonad 17 Unit 17

 

NOTE: Click the sound file above to hear the Lesson. 

Cúpla Focal 

In this unit we will address a question which is about family.

 

The question is mostly a check that you know the comparatives of young – younger; óg – níos óige, and old - older; sean – níos sine 

 

An tusa an duine is óige sa teaghlach?

Are you the youngest person in the family?

 

An tusa an duine is óige sa teaghlach?

An tusa an duine is óige sa teaghlach?

 

To which the answer might be;

Is mise an duine is óige sa teaghlach 

I am the youngest person in the family 

Is mise an duine is óige sa teaghlach 

 

or 

 

Ní mise an duine is óige sa teaghlach 

I am not the youngest person in the family 

Ní mise and duine is óige sa teaghlach 

 

This reply of course would in turn require some further detail, like:

Is mise and dara duine is óige sa teaghlach 

I am the second youngest in the family.

Is mise and dara duine is óige sa teaghlach 

Is mise and dara duine is óige sa teaghlach 

 

or

 

Is mise an tríú duine is óige sa teaghlach 

I am the third youngest in the family 

Is mise an tríú duine is óige sa teaghlach 

Is mise an tríú duine is óige sa teaghlach 

 

If you are asked:

An tusa an duine is sine sa teaghlach?

Are you the oldest in the family?

An tusa an duine is sine sa teaghlach?

An tusa an duine is sine sa teaghlach?

 

You can again answer in various ways:

An tusa an duine is sine sa teaghlach?

Sea, is mise an duine is sine sa teaghlach 

Yes, I am the eldest in the family

 

An tusa an duine is sine sa teaghlach?

Sea, is mise an duine is sine sa teaghlach 

 

or 

 

Is mise an dara duine is sine sa teaghlach 

I am the second eldest in the family

Is mise an dara duine is sine sa teaghlach 

Is mise an dara duine is sine sa teaghlach 

 

Or, much more complex and sustained in terms of language use:

Ní mise an duine is sine sa teaghlach

I am not the oldest person in the family 

Tá cúigear againn agus tá mise i lár báire 

There are five of us and I am in the middle 

Ní mise an duine is sine sa teaghlach

Tá cúigear againn agus tá mise i lár báire 

Ní mise an duine is sine sa teaghlach

Tá cúigear againn agus tá mise i lár báire 

 

If you are attending a class, your teacher might at this point look at how we can count people in Irish.

The numbers are not as we learned prevously, 

aon, do, trí ceathair, cúig, sé, seacht, ocht, naoi, deich

It is rather, starting with one person (duine) and finishing with ten (deichniúr)

 

duine 

beirt 

triúir 

ceathrar 

cúigear 

seisear 

seachtar 

ochtar 

naonúr

deichniúr

 

duine 

beirt 

triúir 

ceathrar 

cúigear 

seisear 

seachtar 

ochtar 

naonúr

deichniúr

 

And faster

duine 

beirt 

triúir 

ceathrar 

cúigear 

seisear 

seachtar 

ochtar 

naonúr

deichniúr

 

 

Go dtí an chéad Aonad eile, uaimse an duine is sine i mo theaghlach, slán go fóill. 

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