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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmandaT86

Irish help, le do thoil!

Hi all

I am re-learning Irish for the first time in over 20 years and having difficulty remembering some language basics I previously learnt as a child.

One thing I keep getting stuck on is the word 'the' which can be 'an' or 'na' - is there a simple rule to follow in order to know which word you should be using?

Thanks in advance!

August 19, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/scilling

For all plural nouns and feminine genitive singular nouns, use na. For all other singular nouns, use an.

August 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmandaT86

thank you, very helpful


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/torowan

On the use of duolingo ... if you access it from a full-sized browser rather than an app on a smartphone, many of the lessons have concise lessons that will help with that re-learning. When you get ready to open a lesson and see a lightbulb icon, click on it, and you'll get lots of helpful content.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SatharnPHL
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Those Tips & Notes are available in the browser on a phone too.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmandaT86

Thank you, I'll definitely try that


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmandaT86

My Mum says this to me :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gerry.0

Get yourself "Teach yourself Irish" by Dillon and Cróinín first published in 1961.It's very hard to find but I can send you a link to download it free (with audio).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmandaT86

Thanks Gerry. I live in America these days and happened to find it on the Barns and Noble website for a fair price so just ordered myself a copy as I love working with physical books but appreciate the offer and the suggestion itself!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gerry.0

Ar mhaith leat na fuaimeanna fós?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SatharnPHL
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Check out www.daltai.com to see if you can find any local Irish speaking groups.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmandaT86

thank you! I will!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paul633408

Go n-éirí leat Amanda!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmandaT86

Go raibh míle maith agat!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ceilteach98

An is singular. Na is plural. For example: An madra (the dog). Na madraí (the dogs).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmandaT86

Thanks - so simple but I couldn't quite remember. Got it now though!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ceilteach98

Céad míle fáilte! :)

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