Bean vs Bhean in sentences
I am still getting confused with the usage of 'bean' for woman and 'bhean' for woman. Can someone please clear my confusion? Oh and I'm learning Irish from English.
But it's only for 'bean' or woman and not...say....'cailin' for girl? An bhean - the woman. Okay. Never 'an bean'. Okay.
cailín is a masculine noun. Grammatical gender doesn't always match natural gender.
Examples of feminine nouns:
bean - "(a) woman", an bhean - "the woman"
cluas - "(an) ear", an chluas - "the ear"
foireann - "(a) team", an fhoireann - "the team"
gloine - "(a) glass", an ghloine - the glass"
pictiúrlann - "(a) cinema", an phictiúrlann - "the cinema"
This has been really, really helpful. Thank you so much, @SatharnPHL and @Tarjava ! :)
Also, a lot of this can be found in the notes section. They are priceless for Irish and understanding lenition and eclipsis. And practice a lot. :) This will make it seem very natural to say an bhean, versus bean, and other words and when to recognize when they change. There is a method to their madness. :) I love the challenge of learning Irish. I have my golden owl, but I keep up the practice, listen to Irish music and stuff.