Sunday, May 07, 2006


Lessoon Daa Yeig / Lesson Twelve

C'raad t'eh?
C'raad = where (cre 'what' + raad 'road' / 'place' = c'raad)
t'eh? = is he?

Vel shiu cummal ayns Doolish?

Vel = are

shiu = you (plural / formal)

ayns = in

Doolish? = Douglas?

Cha nel. Ta shin cummal ayns Rhumsaa.

Cha nel = (am not) / (is not) / are not
Ta shin = we are
cummal = living (literally holding / keeping)
ayns = in
Rhumsaa = Ramsey

There are three main types of placename in the Isle of Man; Manx, Norse and English. Many of the English placenames are fairly new, and have been pasted over the Manx names by ignorant officials. There is a link for Manx placenames here, and another here. The major towns in Manx are Doolish (Douglas), Rhumsaa (Ramsey), Balley Chastel (Castletown), Purt ny h-Inshey (Peel), Kione Droghad (Onchan), Laksaa (Laxey), Purt Chiarn (Port Erin) and Purt le Moirrey (Port St Mary). Neighbouring countries are Nerin (Ireland), Nalbin (Scotland), Sostyn (England), Bretin (Wales) and Y Rank (France).


Lessoon Nane Jeig / Lesson Eleven

Shoh my lught thie
Shoh = Here (is)
my = my
lught thie = family

Shoh my neen

neen = girl (my neen = my daughter)

Shoh my vac.

mac = son (after my, mac changes to vac.)

Shoh my ghooinney.
dooinney = man (after my, dooinney changes to ghooinney, my ghooinney = my husband)

Shoh my ven.
ben = woman (after my, ben changes to ven, my ven = my wife)


Aareayrt as Roartys 1-10 / Review and Practice 1-10

If you have worked your way through lessons 1 - 10 you have made a good start at learning Manx. Here are some of the key points again:

ta = am / is / are

vel ... ? = am ...? / is ... ? / are ...?

mee = me / I
oo = you
eh = he
ee = she

ta mee = I'm t'ou = you're t'eh = he's t'ee = she's

vel mee? = am I? vel oo?= are you? vel eh? = is he? vel ee? = is she?

Kys ... ? = How ... ?

ec = at, aym = at me, ayd = at you,

er = on, orrym = on me, ort = on you, er = on him, urree = on her.

There is another way of saying 'is', which is she. Knowing when to use she and when to use ta comes with experience. With she, mee changes to mish, oo to uss, eh to eshyn and ee to ish.

Try putting Manx on this short conversation:

Juan: Good morning, how are you?
Tom: I'm fine thanks, how are you?
Juan: Going and grumbling. And how is your woman, Aalish?
Tom: She's going well.
Juan: She's a good woman.
Tom: She is.
Juan: Good night Tom.
Tom: Good night.

Try making some other new conversations or just sentences.
You will find that you some words and phrases are easier to remember than others, and maybe that some things seem too difficult. Don't bother too much with the things you find difficult just now. Pick out the phrases you prefer and practice them. You will find that the things you find difficult will become easier as you get the flavour of the language.

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