Yes, that's probably the closest way to express the word-for-word meaning of 'is fear mé'.
Not sure what your larger query here is, but just in case: languages are more than just vocabulary: the word order is an essential feature of the sentence (at least in Irish), and to put it in English order ('mé is fear') means nothing. :)
Well, there would be no word for "I" in that. It would be "am a man". Except... in English "am" can only be used with "I", so there's no real confusion. In Irish "is" is used for everyone. So "Is fear" is an incomplete sentence that means something like "is a man".
(Incidentally, "there is a man" is "Tá fear ann"—quite a different construction)
Yep, but the copula (of which 'is' is a form) not really a verb. It forces its own order in sentences it occurs in.
The verb-subject-object order is for true verb - which means everything that looks like a verb except for the various forms of the copula (is, ba, nár, an...). So definitely:
Itheann mé bia: V S O - I eat food.
On the web site I have the option of writing the words correctly with the fada vowels. On my smartphone, I do not, so it always says I spelled something incorrectly because I don't have the accents over the vowels. Any way to correct this? I wasn't sure where to report this.
Thank you! That helps so much! I just passed the first section because of your help. Another question, though. Why on the site does it have explanations beneath much of the lessons but on the app there is no explanations? Is there a way to access the explanations on the app? Also, a lot of times these lessons will randomly give you words that I've never seen or learned yet that it's asking me to spell from just hearing it, and when I look on the site they are usually there, but not always. (I mean words that are not underlined where you usually can scroll over to get the definition.) And some times the lesson will show me words I will learn in that lesson but they never end up covering them. Like the Irish word for animal. A later lesson asked me that word, but I hadn't ever learned it, but when I looked back at other lessons apparently I was supposed to in a previous lesson. And some times I never get a pronunciation of several words. I have to go over some lessons before I can hear what a word sounds like. Pork and beef are two of these. I still haven't heard how muiceoil is pronounced. Beef I learned from the lenition lesson. And no matter how many times I do the lessons over I have never once heard Irish for congratulations pronounced, either.
Are you referring to the "tips and notes"?I guess they are not able, haven't yet or are not going to have the tips and notes on the app. I wish they did. Sometimes they throw a new word at you and you just have to learn it. Duo is not perfect but I think it is pretty awesome for a free app. You are better off to supplement your learning experience with a dictionary or additional language apps and web sites. A well rounded education is best. Good luck Titan von desert.
Because Irish doesn't use the verb Bí when linking two nouns, or a noun (fear) and a pronoun (mé). It uses a structure called the "copula", which is explained in the Tips & Notes for the very first lesson in Irish, Basics-1.
The copula can be challenging, but it's a pretty important part of learning Irish, so you'll get plenty of practice with it, and it will become pretty automatic after a while, at least for the simpler structures.