"Tha bràthair beag agad."

Translation:You have a little brother.

July 4, 2020

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrevorMorr897786

The final "r" in "bràthair" sounds like a "d" or "t". I've noticed that in other similar-ending words. Is that common in some dialects or is it an idiosyncratic pronunciation of the reader?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SrGI2aed

It's a "slender r" - the i preceding it makes it slender. The slender r sound varies, but is often like a "th" sound, sometimes very light and unvoiced, sometimes heavier and voiced - but not like anything you're likely to think of as an English r sound.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrevorMorr897786

Thanks for the explanation. I'll have to mind that,and look out for it in future.


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

Does little here also count for age, or does beag stick to describing physical size? In English little works for both, but I get other languages might not do that same.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SrGI2aed

bràthair beag works the same as "little brother" does in English - either a younger brother or a brother who is small.

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