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"Le do thoil!"


August 26, 2014



Leathe[r] Hall


This is really helpful, but it sounds more like 'hell' to me


I swear it sounded like "what the hell"! I had to make sure I was still on the Irish lesson lol


I hear "Lay doo hail"


It more directly to me means "as you will". Your will and your hell also sound similar in English.


I heard "leper hell" which sounds like a very specific level that Dante forgot to mention.


What does "Le do thoil!" literally mean?


something like 'with your will' but it'd be extremely rare to see it as anything other than 'please' as far as I know.


"if you will" is a polite and archaic(?) way to say please in English.


Liam Neeson used it in "Kingdom of Heaven" :-)


compare also to French "s'il te plaît/s'il vous plaît" which literally means "if you like"


No, sorry, "s'il te/vous plaît" literally means "if it pleases you", but you are very close, and le do thoil (with your will) is quite similar.


the non-lenited form bei g 'toil' /til/ ?


The pronunciation varies between the dialects, but the vowel is /​​o/ or /​​e/, not /i/.


it really means : if it pleases you in French ( sorry Sean I did not see your post!) my mother tongue IS French.


Same as , "by your leave" in English.


Nope. Not even close in Standard English. 'By your leave' is a formal, arguably archaic, expression for requesting permission. Often used idiomatically to mean someone who rudely has not asked permission to do something. eg. He barged right past me without so much as a 'by your leave'! The literal translation is close but not the idiomatic so translating this literally leaves an English speaker with a false friend that looks like 'excuse me' or even 'with your permission' and I don't think either of those are valid meanings for the phrase are they?


Thank you very much for your explanation!


As you will or as you command or by your will is an English phrase. At her majestys pleasure is a phrase used. Just as in the Our father prayer thevwords go ndéantar do thoil ar an talamh... May you will be done on solid ground. Note in english the verb to will is different to using the same word for future tense eg noun will verb reall should be shall.


Consider that English "please" comes from "if you please", meaning "if it pleases you to do so". Modern English please shows far less deference, so we use it a lot more than Irish le do thoil


Thank you! So you mostly use the word "please" instead of "le do thoil", when you speak Irish?


I mean English speakers say please more than Irish speakers say "le do thoil"


Now I understand, thanks a lot!


Sounds almost exactly as the Russian word "ледокол" (ledokol) which translates as "icebreaker ship" :)


Cutting through the ice of their objections with the politeness of Please!


Excellent! Must be the Basque substrate showing through! :-)


It is similar to Croatian "ledolomac", "led" obviously meaning "ice" in both, "o" being an interfix and "-lomac" is literally "-breaker" (I presume that "-kol" is used in similar verb constructions and derivations). Just heard today that we have a very different language than Russians, glad to see there are still very similar word formation patterns!


Ahahhaha ko ti je to reko? Pa svi slovenski jezici su veoma povezani i ipak slicni. Svi se uglavnom razumemo, makar sustinu. Pozrav od komsija iz Srbije :)


Le duh hell is how it's pronounced in both Connaught and Ulster dialects I believe. I actually thought más é do thoil é was more formal. An bhfuil cead agam dul go dtí an leithreas más é do thoil e? May I please go to the toilet... the refrain of my childhood.


Poor little ones! That construction is fascinating but seems impractical for very young kids who need to go...haha.


Only if you expect to say "please" as much as English speakers do...


That's a lot just to say please!


Yes, but I think this can often be found in languages which haven't been simplified too much during ages, for example French: "S'il vous plaît". And as NiallT said, Irish people don't use this expression too often.


It's longer in Welsh: Os gwelwch yn dda.


It's 3 syllables, like in French


Even if it's the same number of syllables, French is longer (4 words vs 3).


And in Irish, you'll often hear it with the 'o' of 'do' suppressed: led'thoil—even shorter!


If you please or by our pleasure Lé do By your


Before this was released in beta, I downloaded an app that's basically just an Irish phrasebook. It lists this as being the formal way of saying "please," and I guess they consider "más é do thoil é" as the everyday usage (there was no distinction given for this one, it just said "please"). Is this true?

I realize this might be covered later, so I'm sorry if I jumped the gun!


Más é do thoil é is what I would encourage the children I teach to use, but both are fine in any situation, imo :)


What is the name of the phrasebook? I'd like to see and use other resources for Irish. :-)


When I originally learned this phrase, I heard "le do hell". Is that part of the Connaught dialect?


That really confused me, too - "le do hell' was the only way I ever heard it pronounced. But then I lived in the west of Ireland, so probably in other areas it's pronounced like "hall", as it is here.


Yup. Ulster too I believe.


so, the TH in irish makes the "h" sound. ( silent "t")


"t" is very often silent in Irish, isn't it? Is it only when it's accompanied by "h" or are there other instances?


I LOVE this video. Its helped me so much!!!


't' and 'th' are never silent.

'th' is pronounced like English 'h'; otherwise, 't' is prounced as 't'.

(there is one two-letter combination in Irish that is truly silent: 'fh'. It doesn't sound like 'h', you just skip it completely.)


How to pronounce this phrase? I heard "Let the hell"


Depending on the dialect there are different pronunciations but the two I would tend to use are "lead ah hell" or "lead ah hull" - a consequence of having so many Irish teachers from different parts of the country over the years. I swap between dialects all the time!


My Gaelic Grandmum always says it means if you please


my grandmother would say something like mas le do thoil ("marsha da hulla") - is there a version like that?

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    Yes. Má's é do thoil é. This is what we learned as youngsters in school.

    Literally it means: "If it is your will", but is generally translated as "if you please" or just "please".

    Má's é is really Má is é but + is is contracted to má's.


    Thank you!! It's amazing how different it sounds from how it's spelled. :-)


    All this discussion of how gaelic resembles other teutonic (or European, with a latin or greek base) languages makes me wonder if there is some collection of words and phrases with the etymology of these expressions, like the Oxford English Dictionary, except for the Irish language.


    For basic etymology of individual words, wiktionary.org is a convenient place to check, but, as Ainm10 points out, you can check the etymology of the individual words in an idiom, rather than the etymology of the idiom itself.


    One thing I can tell you is that is definetly not munster nor leinster Irish


    Irish is challenging


    pronunciation please?

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      I can't make this out. Is she saying something like "lay da hay"?


      Why cant if you please, with your permission, by your leave or by you will be accepted?


      The point of the exercise is to teach people how to say "please" in Irish.

      The fact that le do thoil doesn't mean, and wouldn't be used in contexts where you were trying to say, "with your permission" or "by your leave" is also a factor.


      It sounds like she is sayimg le da hanney


      why is 'thoil' pronounced as 'hell'. Why isnt T pronounced and where is here an 'e'?

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        T is pronounced. Just as "h" modifies the pronunciation of "t" in English, a lenited t in Irish does not sound like an unlenited t.

        I see that you have studied French. How do you pronounce "Paris" in French?


        Pronounced: "le du thul"

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