Duolingo is the most popular way to learn languages in the world. Best of all, it's 100% free!

"Itheann an cailín cáca."

Translation:The girl eats a cake.

4 years ago

31 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/zzxj
zzxj
  • 16
  • 10
  • 8
  • 6
  • 2

Be careful to differentiate between cáca and caca.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/groscochon

XD

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sarahgummybears

beirt chailíní cupán amháin (•_•)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tara_han
Tara_hanPlus
  • 25
  • 25
  • 5
  • 4
  • 118

lol

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nico.mtl
nico.mtl
  • 11
  • 9
  • 7
  • 6
  • 6
  • 3
  • 3

I'm still having trouble understanding the sentence structure in irish. Very different from the other languages

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paul5121

VSO

Itheann - Verb an cailín - Subject cáca - object

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Humanokyeh
Humanokyeh
  • 9
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • 7
  • 7
  • 4

That's super helpful. Thanks!for

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/faith46
faith46
  • 25
  • 25
  • 23
  • 21
  • 19
  • 17
  • 15
  • 14
  • 13
  • 12
  • 9
  • 6
  • 7

The penny hasn't dropped for me yet. I trust that it will as I struggle on.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PeterDikej

Dont worry just keeps trying

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DyllanMoran
DyllanMoran
  • 16
  • 12
  • 11
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 4
  • 2

So... How would we say, for example, "The girl is eating cake," rather than "the girl eats cake?"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paul5121

That would be "Tá an cailín ag ithe cáca". I can't put it quite as elegantly as some of the people in the comments, but "ag" acts as "-ing", basically!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RosemaryRummler
RosemaryRummler
  • 12
  • 11
  • 11
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 3

Yes, why was that response incorrect?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

Irish is like English in that it distinguishes the simple present and the present progressive (I eat cake vs. I am eating cake). Unfortunately, Duolingo does it backwards and gives you the simple present first, when the progressive is more useful at the beginning.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
mizinamo
  • 20
  • 17
  • 16
  • 14
  • 14
  • 14
  • 13
  • 11
  • 10
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 6
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2

Probably because the simple present is easier to build (one word instead of two, and explaining why to use "is" with it, etc. etc.).

But yes, from point of view of usefulness, not so great.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

Well, it's not even a simple present for most verbs, but a habitual form...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KangaRu7

I know cake as "ciste" and sweet cake as "ciste milis". Where does caca come from

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vockuah

In another Irish course I'm doing it has "císte" for cake. Is that word in current usage? If so, I think it sounds far better than "cáca".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wengusflengus
Wengusflengus
  • 11
  • 11
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 8
  • 5
  • 5
  • 5
  • 3
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2

well I've heard "cáca" more

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tara_han
Tara_hanPlus
  • 25
  • 25
  • 5
  • 4
  • 118

Ah, the good old cáca milis :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
scilling
  • 25
  • 1479

Císte is in the NEID, so it would seem that it’s also in current use.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nathan85554

Yes císte is another word for cake but cáca is used more because it is easier to remember and don't mix up caca and cáca because you could be saying i like crap without knowing it.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sean_Roy
Sean_RoyPlus
  • 15
  • 14
  • 14
  • 13
  • 12
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • 6
  • 6
  • 5
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 385

A naoi, a deich, císte te.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scotland1313

why is it not "the cake"? (instead of "a cake")

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zzxj
zzxj
  • 16
  • 10
  • 8
  • 6
  • 2

It's "an cailín", the girl. "Cáca" doesn't have an article, so it's either "cake" or "a cake".

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/peanutandjelly41

And Irish doesn't have an indefinite article such as "a".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/feyMorgaina
feyMorgaina
  • 22
  • 16
  • 13
  • 13
  • 13
  • 12
  • 12
  • 11
  • 11
  • 11
  • 9
  • 8
  • 8
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 5
  • 5
  • 5
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • 1408

I believe "an cáca" would be "the cake. Since Irish does not have an indefinite article (equating to the English "a" or "an"), "cáca" means either "cake" or "a cake".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J0W3x
J0W3x
  • 7
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5

I wrote "the" cake on the first time and I got wrong. Then I write it the right way (a cake) and still got it wrong ? Help ?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lizzie3434

Should "The girl is eating cake" be accepted?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wengusflengus
Wengusflengus
  • 11
  • 11
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 8
  • 5
  • 5
  • 5
  • 3
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2

No. Irish has distinguishes present continuous from present simple...it's explained every.flippin.where on this course...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RonanD89

Why is it "a cake" not just "cake"?

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pamhsiehca
pamhsiehca
  • 20
  • 15
  • 13
  • 286

What kinds of cakes are popular in Ireland? Are they different than American cakes?

4 months ago