OK. So, "you like" is "is good with you". And "you prefer" is "is best with you."
This language is fun just to watch how it bends verbs into other expressions.
Is it just my ears going or is the voiceover pronouncing "fear" and "fearr" (almost exactly) the same? (...It's not a case of homophones like English is riddled with, right?)
The only difference between the pronunciations of fear and fearr should be the duration of the vowel; fearr’s vowel should last longer.
In Middle Irish it was written ferr ; the -rr has always been present in fearr.
Must remember, no V in Irish! Talk about rusty. Perhaps a little in-line reminder or counting it as a typo would be kind? :D
Reminder: If you're hearing a V, you should probably throw an H in the word somewhere instead.
Is the a good pronunication guide someone can suggest. I have no idea how to say stew and remember how to spell it??
I'd suggest http://breis.focloir.ie/en/fuaim/ over forvo, if you want recordings. Forvo is crowd-sourced and the pronunciations are not always right. The link I've given has professionally recorded pronunications from native speakers of all 3 major dialects. Its only shortcoming is that it only has dictionary headwords.
www.abair.tcd.ie is also good, and will give you pronunciations for every word; however, it's synthesized.
Then use the Report a Problem button to bring it to the attention of the course creators.
Well, I put it here first because I am never really sure if I am right, lol.
Yes, I understand it won't bring it to the attention of the people who made the site but I read in another post that they can't really change it until they do an update anyway so I guess I have time. Plus there is no reason to bother them if I am wrong anyway.
Did you use the Report a Problem button to bring it to the course creators’ attention?
Depends on the dialect. In Ulster broad bh is like english W and slender bh like V. same rule applies to mh.
Is there a linguistic basis for the terms "broad" and "slender" or are they just arbitrary terms that happened to be used for grammar/phonology (e.g. broad vowels and slender vowels, what about them is "broad" or "slender"?)
They're arbitrary traditional terms. Phonologically, slender means palatalized and broad means velarized. So they're similar to the soft and hard of Slavic languages.
i wrote "you like stew" and it corrected me to "you prefer stew". Are they the same?
"Maith" means "good" and "fearr" means "best". "Is maith leat X" means "X is good with you" or "you like X" and "is fearr leat X" means "X is best with you" or "you prefer X".
No, not quite. "Like" doesn't imply any comparison. I may like stew, and soup, and meat pies, and sandwiches, and so on. But "prefer" means that out of whatever options I have, I like/want stew more than the other(s).
so, what would you say for the other pronouns? such as if i wanted to say "i prefer stew", or we prefer stew or he prefers stew???
Why is "stobhach" pronounced "stoVak"? The "bh" is surrounded by broad vowels (o and a). Shouldn't that mean that "bh" sounds like "w"?
I've read other complaints about the person reading for the Irish module. Apparently she's not a native speaker?
I did find a comprehensive presentation of Irish sounds and spelling. For all that the presenter is American, she takes care to be accurate and consistent.
I don't understand "fearr" verses "maith". I know "fear" is men. Is "fearr" another way of saying you? Is it relatec to men in some way,?
fear is "man"
fir is "men"
maith is "good"
fearr is "best"
There is no relationship between "fear" and "fearr". It's just a coincidence.
Here is a list of all of the prepositional pronouns.
le is "with",
leat is "with you".
Literally, the sentence breaks down as "Is best with you stew", or "Stew is best with you" or "You prefer stew".
"Is maith leat stobhach" breaks down as "Is good with you stew" or "Stew is good with you" or "You like stew".