https://www.duolingo.com/Kate_Fishman

Calling someone's name and the response to it

Hiya! I was just wondering if anyone knew.

If someone calls your name, you respond "Yes?" in English, right? Well, what would be the equivalent response in Irish?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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The equivalent response is Is ea? .

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kate_Fishman

Thanks so much!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/charialynx

We all just say "sea" to be honest (pronounced like yeah but with a sh sound : sheah"

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kate_Fishman

So... there seems to be two conflicting opinions here. :/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/charialynx

I'd say mine is a colloquialism

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kate_Fishman

ah so like... "Is ea" is the formal way, and "sea" would be the informal way. I see. Thanks so much!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

You'll sometimes see it written as 's ea, which gives an indication of where it comes from. I'm not really sure I'd say that one is formal and the other is informal, so much as Sea is more phonetic than Is ea.

You can hear the Duolingo speakers rendition of Is ea here

But there are some further nuances. You wrote a question mark in your suggested response "Yes?", implying that you were talking about a response when you didn't know who was calling you, or why you were being called. Is ea/Sea is more of an affirmative response (literally "it is"), and you could also say is mise ("it's me") for an affirmative response. The more quizzical response suggested in your question might be better captured by Cad é? ("What is it?")

(And for some of us, the "muscle memory" response to hearing our names called as Gaeilge might be Anseo! :-) )

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FearMhaighEo
FearMhaighEo
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And then if no one answered, the entire class would say in a robotic terminator-like tone "Tá sé/sí as láthair".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

They're the same. is ea is Just a more formal writing of sea. Either way they're pronounced sea (though with a different vowel than I'd use for 'yeah')

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FearMhaighEo
FearMhaighEo
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I think for most Irish people, the two vowel sounds would be the same, but if OP is from the US, then there'd be a difference.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnLonDubhBeag

More a response to FearMhaighEo, but I've never really heard Irish people who pronounce "yeah" with the same vowel as "sea".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FearMhaighEo
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@AnLonDubhBeag, I suppose the sound of "yeah" can change depending on context and meaning, so it mightn't have be a perfect example here. But I think the way I'd pronounce the vowel in "yeah" most of the time is the same as the vowel sounds in the 2nd sample here. Although the more I say a word, the more it sounds weird. Ye're making me doubt my fluency in English now haha.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/charialynx

yeah I'm sure that's it I mean sea practically means yeah so Anyway glad to be of help!

2 years ago
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