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"Oibríonn leis an bhfear."

Translation:She works with the man.

August 28, 2014



Fear is eclipsed because it comes after le?


why is it leis instead of le.


As @LauraDoherty said,

\Have a look at this discussion, it explains it.


Basically, "le = with" whilst "le + an -> leis an = with the".


Why is there no "n" pronounced in "an bhfear" ? It kind if sounds like 'leis (eh) bhfear'


That's just the way it is: the "-n" of "an" is dropped in running speech (except before a vowel). I remember it being one of the first things a "mother-tongue" speaker of Irish pointed out to me when I was learning Irish the first time around. (That was nearly 50 years ago, so I've had plenty of time to forget nearly all of it; which is why I'm beginning again now with duolingo!)


That's fascinating, thank you!


It's really hard to hear the words correctly for me, is there a way around this? It sounds like "I bring she le shevar"


But, there is a rather useful app TEANGLANN where someone can hear pronunciation of Gaeilge in all three dialects: Connacht, Ulster and Munster


I hear:I brin le she var


Regarding the pronunciation of "bhfear". I thought when the f was eclipsed by the bh it made a "w" sound- is that only for broad vowels? And a "v" sound for slender vowels?


yes, bh when next to slender vowels will always be 'v'


It's never quite that simple - raibh is one example of a very common word that is only pronounced with a "v" sound in Munster Irish.

It is absolutely fine to pronounce raibh with a "v" sound, just be aware that you will encounter other Irish speakers who don't.


I just noticed the /bh/ eclipsing 'fear'. A 2-letter eclipsis???? Had i just not noticed that before? Has that form been used inn any other word this far?


what would "she works for the man" look like?


Oibríonn sí don fhear, I think.


Phonetically I hear what sounds like "eye breen sheva sha var" I know it's not I got the question right but can some one explain the pronunciation and why it sounds that way?


i think her pronunciation of oibríonn is just a dialect difference... other dialects pronounce is more like ih-breen, or ih-breeun. you can hear the regional differences here: https://www.teanglann.ie/ga/fuaim/oibrigh

that said, i think the very slenderly-pronounced l is what has you hearing a v sound. i can hear the 'l' when i listen carefully, but it does almost disappear into more of a 'y' as mentioned above by murakel.

i also didn't hear the 'n' in 'an'... which i think is pretty common in normal spoken irish, that sometimes those little particles get shortened or dropped (for example, 'agus' shortening to 'is' or 's' in speech and even writing). but it sure did make it difficult to understand what i was supposed to be typing.

so if she had pronounced this a bit more slowly and clearly, and if you wrote it out following the word breaks rather than the way it naturally flows together in her speech, phonetically it'd look something like: eye-breen shee lyesh uhn vhahr.


Thank you. I also heard that she works with her man. "leis a bhfear"


"with her man" is lena fear.

Even if leis a was correct, a bhfear means "their man", not "her man".


I keep hearing a v after si, causing me to write sibh.


The í in sounds completely different from the i in sibh.

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I was talking about the mysterious V sound in that sentence--which I believe others have noted as well.


Even if there was a mysterious V sound (there isn't), the vowel sound is clearly not the sound of the i in sibh.

You can slow the audio down by open it directly in your browser, and right-clicking on the player control in the browser window to set the Play Speed to 0.5

(This works best in Microsoft Edge - Firefox just chops up slowed down audio. You can also open the URL in VLC or other players that allow you to open network streams).


What dialect is this? Oibríonn is being pronounced different to when I was a wee lad in school.


Why is it -bhfear- and not, for example, -fhear-? Does the -bhf- create a -v- sound, whereas -fh- would be silent?


Most of the time, a preposition+an will cause either séimhiú or urú on the first consonant of a following noun. (Preposition+an always causes séimhiú in Ulster Irish.) You can look up the prepositions here: (nualeargais.ie/gnag/praepos.htm) to see what each does.

In the example you are asking about, both 'leis an bhfear' (v-sound) and 'leis an fhear' (fh is silent, but you would pronounce the n of 'an') are correct, depending on your dialect.


This female speaker keep pronouncing "an" without the 'n' on the end.


That's how it's generally said. The 'n' is heard only before vowel sounds.


Refused to accept my sentence. Kept saying that I was typing English.. Sentence was correct..


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The last two words, an bhfear, sound like sha fear.


Maybe 'lesh a varr'? 'Leis' ends with a slender 's,' most fluent speakers don't pronounce the 'n' of 'an' unless the next word starts with a vowel sound, and slender 'bhf' sounds like 'v.'

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