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LENITION

Hello! I'm just beginning to get my head around the lenition lesson, but I'm really confused and feel that I need to make sense of lenition before I really start to understand it.

Why, for example, is 'woman' sometimes spelled 'bean' and sometimes spelled 'bhean'?

2 years ago

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Are you using the app or the website? If you're using mobile, I suggest getting on the website and looking at the Tips and Notes of the Leition section.

But, depending on how far in the course you are, you're likely seeing bhean following the definite article, an. This is because feminine nouns, such as bean lenite following it. So you have:

  • bean -- a woman

  • an bhean -- the woman

However, that's not the only case that lenition occurs.

2 years ago

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i've been using the mobile app, so haven't actually seen the tips and notes! oh my gosh, thank you so much for pointing that out. your answer was incredibly helpful.

2 years ago

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thank you <3

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Is there a difference in how bean and bhean are pronounced?

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They're both pronounced differently but sound the same as some English words: Bean - "ban", bhean - "van"

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Go raioh maith agat.

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Tá fáilte romhat :)

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