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  5. "Is ainmhithe muid."

"Is ainmhithe muid."

Translation:We are animals.

August 26, 2014



Technically speaking, yes.

September 16, 2014


Why just technically?

July 8, 2015


OK, then figuratively and literally as well. :)

July 8, 2015


I am a cat

April 21, 2016


One of the reasons "animal" as a derogatory term makes no sense.

August 21, 2015


We're jumped up apes.

July 5, 2016


Hey I'm learning the same languages as you are!

March 5, 2017


Not a great opening line for a group seeking accomodation

November 25, 2015



August 26, 2014


"Muid" has essentially replaced "Sinn" in this usage outside of Munster, more native speakers would say "Is ainmhithe muid".

August 26, 2014


I learned Munster Irish, and with Munster Irish comes all the archaic words and grammar.

August 27, 2014


And 'sinn' is, for better or worse, part of An Caighdeán.

August 27, 2014


It's the Irish Language version of the Yorkshire Dialect of English

January 7, 2016


I was thinking more, Irish for Fosters, which is Australian for beer.

September 18, 2018



August 3, 2019


This is good to know, I would actually like to learn the Munster dialect in the long run.

May 21, 2015


Lest we forget

July 29, 2015


Yep, we are.

February 16, 2015


It'll take a lot of practice to pronounce ainmhithe as anvehe.

August 22, 2015


I was glad to finally hear it for the first time (about 10 questions before this one). Almost none of the questions with the small sound icon are working in this section - that includes this question.

Going back to when I did actually get to hear it.... I had to play it about 20 times to pick up the sounds enough to know the word, since I had never seen it and heard it at the same time.

July 10, 2018


I get you. I have to hear it and see it, otherwise i will never utter it. Not hearing more makes it harder to learn, so I've added youtube videos to my education. You can search "as Gaeilge" and get all kinds of cool stuff that helps me tremendously. I'm actually starting to really get it, and recognizing words, at least. I adore Duolingo for having this course, and having the sound files they do. I understand that its harder to get this lovely language vocalized, so i appreciate what they do have. Check out you tube. I know it's harder to go back and forth, but there are song videos with the words on screen (as Gaeilge and English translation too!) Im feeling very comfortable with the grammar and can't wait to get into Eclipses and Lenition, I'm only just finishing up "plurals".

August 3, 2019


humans are such animals.

September 20, 2017


As a furry, same

March 11, 2016


Wow, was not expecting to find another furry here. furry high five

June 29, 2016


You'd be surprised...

June 29, 2016


I resent that statement!

March 3, 2015


I think you mean you resemble that statement xir. Unicorn

April 24, 2015


"Are you calling me and my children monkeys?!"

April 17, 2015


No, just hominids. ;-)

April 20, 2015


Yes, we are ainmhithe

February 1, 2016


So let's do it like they do on the discovery channel

October 20, 2018


I'm curious as to the pronunciation of the "mh" - when is it "v" and when is it "mw"?

June 21, 2015


It seems to be whether a slender (e, i) or broad (a, o, u) vowel follows? But I've noticed regional variations.

July 8, 2015


mh is never "mw". It's identical to bh.

· In Munster it's always 'v' (to be precise, vˠ when broad and vʲ when slender). Phonetically this can be [v] or [β], depending on region. [β] is like the Spanish 'b' in haba: like saying 'v' with your lips arranged for 'b'.

talamh - [t̪ˠɑlˠəvˠ] "talav"

· In Ulster it's [w] when broad and [vʲ] when slender. At the end of a word, it's invariably [u] regardless of the previous vowel.

talamh - [t̪ˠalˠu] "taloo"

· Connaught varies, but generally it's the same as Ulster, except some areas render it as [ə] "uh" at the end of a word. Other places render it [v] at the end of words like in Munster.

talamh - [t̪ˠalˠu] "taloo" / [t̪ˠalˠə] "tala" / t̪ˠalˠəvˠ "talav"

Although it's basically the same as bh, Wikipedia says there are reports of Irish speakers who pronounce vowels adjacent to mh with a nasal quality - although it says so cautiously. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_phonology#Nasalized_vowels

September 14, 2015


The nasalisation of 'mh' is a conservative feature. Historically, it's been nasalised, and some speakers still nasalise it, but for many the nasalisation has been lost.

Also, for the phonemic transcriptions, you should be using slashes rather than square brackets. Square brackets are for phonetic transcriptions. You look to be mixing phonetic and phonemic transcription together as evidenced by the use of both 't̪' and 'ˠ'. Thus: in general in Ulster Irish, /vʲ/ is [vʲ] and /vˠ/ is [w]. 'Talamh' is /tˠalˠəvˠ/ pretty everywhere, but how those phonemes are realised in the various dialects varies, but you generally wouldn't see 'ˠ' used in phonetic descriptions as that's used to mark a phoneme-level phenomenon.

May 25, 2016


Yes - Wikipedia and other sources report the existence of nasalisation in some speakers, who don't all do it consistently - apologies if I didn't make that clear enough in my last comment. It was mentioned to point out why a written distinction between "bh" and "mh" exists at all.

They are meant to be phonetic transcriptions by the way: they're meant to indicate the most common pronunciations of the word. But velarisation (ˠ) is a phonetic phenomenon, involving a raised tongue root. The feature only exists for /l, n, r/ in Scottish Gaelic, which otherwise contrasts plain consonants with palatalised (ʲ) consonants.

Apart from /l/ and /n/ in some Connacht and Ulster dialects, indicating both velarisation (ˠ) and palatalisation (ʲ) in a phonemic transcription is redundant - although it's usually done anyway. If anything, I might expect to see it dropped in phonemic transcriptions (and it sometimes is), but not in phonetic ones.

But I also did a rough English-style transcription for those who don't do IPA.

May 29, 2016


Meticulous and invaluable. And interesting that a consonant is sometimes rendered as a vowel.

September 14, 2015


It's not that a consonant has become a vowel, so much as a sequence of sounds including that consonant has simplified to a vowel.

With 'amh', the 'mh' originally was a [ṽ] sound, which later in Ulster and in Connacht became a [w] [1], and later still in Ulster and North Connacht, the combination an unstressed vowel [ə] and a semivowel merged to become [u]. In South Connacht, the [w] was dropped. It's actually a pretty straightforward change as these things go.

There are plenty of example of this kind of thing happening in English, most notably with the historical 'gh', which has ended up has a host of different sounds in present-day English, thus the joke: "Yes, English can be weird. But it can be understood through tough thorough thought, though."

[1] The opposite happened in Germanic languages other than English, where the proto-Germanic 'hw' /ʍ/ (written 'wh' in English) became /v/ and /ʋ/ in many of them, whereas English preserved the sound intact until recently.

May 25, 2016


Anybody else think this dude is a human internet??

June 20, 2017


The "d" here is slender so should be pronounced as a "j" sound.

March 28, 2016


Only in Connacht and Ulster. Then again, 'muid' wouldn't be used in Munster, so make of that what you will...

May 25, 2016


I think it's worth noting that it's not precisely /dʒ/ in (parts of) Connacht.

May 25, 2016


pretty much... at least my brother is! :P

June 9, 2016


Suddenly, Duolingo gets philosophical! Lol

August 3, 2019
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