Does this word mean welcome as in a greeting or welcome as in response to a thank you?
"Fáilte" is used as a greeting and "Fáilte romhat" is used as a response to thank you because it translates to your welcome.
It seems from reading the other discussions in this lesson that "dia duit" and "slán" have literal translations that relate to a slightly different meaning ("God be with you" and "be safe" according to @xounds, respectively), even if their typical usage sheds those connotations. Does fáilte do something similar?
I don't think so, it's just a word. "Slán" also means "health" or "well", but I don't know of any other meaning of fáilte.
This may help http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/f%C3%A1ilte#Etymology
It used to mean delight or joy but now its slightly less specal :)
I'm in Ireland currently and in Dublin they're pronouncing it "fawl-sha". Confused!
I remember seeing this on a sign outside an Irish-themed restaurant once :)
I learnt a few Irish greeting phrases through another online course thing and it's interesting encountering a slightly different dialect.
The way they say "welcome" just warms my heart! It's like I'm being greeted by a long lost Irish ancestor.
any tips on exactly seeing a new word such as this and having the ability to break it down and say it correctly? I understand the accents in irish but the fall-chey just threw me off haha..
I am learning Irish whilst living in Ireland and nearly EVERYTHING is pronounced differently. Here they would say fal (as in falcon) and cha for failte. If you are going to learn it, it's best to learn the pronunciation used on this programmed unless you are learning specifically to a dialect.
That's what I was going to comment. A friend of mine who lived in Ireland said it's pronounced as "foil-cha". Must be the dialect. He lived in Galway, just FYI.
It seems they have changed speakers and I am having a very hard time getting used to the different pronunciation/accent. Is this speaker using the most commonly used regional accent?
Honestly... I have no idea how to pronounce this because she doesn't read it out for me...
For Failte! I gave "Welcome" as the translation only to have it marked incorrect! What gives?
Actually, the Russian words "волите", "из-вольте", "благо-волите" etc (with the same meaning "you are welcome"!) are closest to "fáilte" since they all descend from the same PIE root, *welh₁-