Friday, February 24, 2006


Lessoon Queig / Lesson 5

Most aspects of our behaviour and character are subject to change, I may be happy now, but who knows about tomorrow. Gaelic languages use ta for 'is' / 'are' / 'am' for all these temporary conditions, and before actions (ta mee goll - I am going). For conditions that don't change the 'she' form is used because we are defining the noun. We say she ben vie ish, = 'is woman good she ' = 'she's a good woman' when we are saying what she is, but to say how she is we would use the ta form -t'ee mie - 'she's good'. These are not hard and fast rules, don't panic, Manx is a very flexible language.
She kayt Manninagh mish
she = it's
kayt Manninagh = (a) Manx cat
mish = me / I

Nee uss Americaanagh?
nee = is it?
uss = you
Americaanagh = (an) American

Cha nee Americaanagh eshyn
cha nee = isn't
Americaanagh = (an) American
eshyn = he / him

She ben Sostnagh ish
she = it's
ben Sostnagh = an English woman
ish = she


Lessoon Kiare / Lesson 4

cre (what) + yn (the) = cre'n
er = on
er Britney = on Britney
er + mee = orrym = on me
er + oo = ort = on you
er + ee = urree = on her
er + eh = er = on him
These combinations are great aren't they? In English it is considered slangy to contract 'on her' to 'onna', in Manx the opposite is true er ee; bad, urree; good.
Say these to yourself a few times and you'll find they roll off the tongue.
Most words here are said as an English speaker would read them. The y sound in orrym and ennym is hardly pronounced in either word, and is closer to the modern English 'u' than it is to 'y'. Say 'anonymous', now drop the 'an' and 'ous' parts and change the 'o' sound to an 'e' (as in 'bed') and you've got it.
Ta'n ennym er SpongeBob
Ta'n = is the
ennym = name
er = on him

Ta'n ennym urree Britney
ta'n = is the
ennym = name
urree = on her

Ta'n ennym orrym Elvis
ta'n = is the
ennym = name
orrym = on me

Cre'n ennym t'ort?
cre'n = what's the
ennym = name
t'ort = is on you


Lessoon Tree / Lesson 3

oo hene = yourself
mee hene = myself
eh hene = himself
ee hene = herself
gaccan is often written as g'accan because the g at the beginning of the word signifies the person is 'at their' grumbling right now.
The çh sound in çhing is soft, similar to the 'ch' in cherry. Some writers prefer to write it ch. These lessons will always use the çh form.

T'ee çhing

çhing = sick

T'eh mie dy liooar
mie = good
dy liooar = enough / plenty

Ta mee goll as gaccan
goll = going
as = and
gaccan = grumbling

Kys t'ou hene?

kys = how

t'ou = you're

hene = self

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