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?
We all just say "sea" to be honest (pronounced like yeah but with a sh sound : sheah"
ah so like... "Is ea" is the formal way, and "sea" would be the informal way. I see. Thanks so much!
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! :-) )
And then if no one answered, the entire class would say in a robotic terminator-like tone "Tá sé/sí as láthair".
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')
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.
More a response to FearMhaighEo, but I've never really heard Irish people who pronounce "yeah" with the same vowel as "sea".
@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.