1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: Irish
  4. >
  5. "I am a girl."

"I am a girl."

Translation:Is cailín mé.

August 27, 2014



I can already tell that learning this is going to be harder than the other languages.


Keep at it! It's distinct, but you'll catch on to it.


This page is a really clear explanation of the difference between "tá" and "is" (assuming you were confused by this like I was!) Basically "tá" is never the copula - so if you're describing something with an adjective, noun, or pronoun, present tense is always "is", just like in English. http://nualeargais.ie/gnag/kopul4.htm


Sure i went to an Irish school for 8 years and im tellin u its éasca péasca


Can someone explain to me why 'Taím cailín' is wrong? Is it because one is about location and the other about a characteristic like in Spanish?


Well its what it means translated will tell you the answer


For those who have already studied portuguese or spanish, I've read that "tá" would be "estar", and "is" would be "ser". That made it all easier to me.


How do you make the ' í ' on a keyboard??


If you are on a moblle device, long click on the i. Ì. There you go


If you are on the computer Duo'll give you all the characters you have not. But if you are on mobile, just set Irish or another language that has thoses accent marks on.


On a mobile you long press the letter and it will bring up additional keys


Yes, but not everyone can do that too.


Depends on what keyboard you're using. For android I have swift key and you can long press letters for their accented alternates. For example i is ì, I, î, >, ï, í..


If you are doing this on a phone like me all you have to do is hold the letter and diffrent combinations.


Why "Táim cailín" is wrong?


In Irish "tá" and "is" don't have the same meaning.


Because when you are using a noun to describe another noun (or a pronoun), you use the copula is rather than the verb ( in the present tense).


i am also having some difficulty sorting out "taim" from "is / me". is there a general rule?


How am I supposed to actually pronounce the accents? It won't even say the word back to me so I don't know how it's pronounced. Any help?


í = eee, ú = oohh (like boo) á = aww ó = oh é = ay (like say) :)


Why is 'is mise cailin' incorrect?


You can say Is mise Aoife or is mise an bas, where you are identifying yourself.

But when you say "I am a girl", you are categorizing yourself, and the word order is different - Is cailín mé.


Is there any way to remember the accents? ❤


You remember the accented letters the same way that you remember any other letters - they sound different. If you can remember when you should use c inslead of f, you can tell when to use á instead of a.


Why doesn't "Táim cailín." work for this?


A (pro)noun=noun statement is called a copula. English uses the verb "be" as its copula, Irish doesn't use the verb ( in the present tense) as its copula, instead it has a separate form is.

Basically, "Táim cailín" is the grammatical equivalent of "me Tarzan".


Ahh ok, I see. Thank you, for the clarification.


Should this not be "Is mise cailín"?


No, it should not. This is a classification statement, not an identification statement.

Is mise Áine. Is cailín mé.
Is mise Pól. Is buachaill mé.
Is mise Duo. Is ulchabhán mé.
Is mise an múinteoir. Is múinteoir mé - "I am the teacher. I am a teacher"
Is tusa an dalta. Is dalta thú - "You are the student. You are a student"
Is eisean an buachaill is airde sa rang. Is buachaill ard é - "He is the tallest boy in the class. He is a tall boy".


How do i get free hearts

Learn Irish in just 5 minutes a day. For free.