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"Cad a deir an sionnach?"

Translation:What does the fox say?

4 years ago

83 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/marvincorea
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Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding! Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding! Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CarpeGuitarrem

Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PeterKernohan

Ha

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lukasleibfried

Ha-tee-ha-tee-ha-tee-ho!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HalloweenQueen31

awesome :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MannyMoon

duolingo must have a since of humor :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pietro460054
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Man you should check out esperanto. It's a continous flow of jokes

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GeniusJack
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4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Oliviakins
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4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GeniusJack
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Go raibh maith agat! That's great!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Oliviakins
Oliviakins
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They're wile scary sounding. After hearing some out in the fields growing up I always reckoned that the fox inspired the idea of the cry of the Bean Sidhe! :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GeniusJack
GeniusJack
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The Bean Sidhe has always scared me!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaCa826187
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Are you from the North? My family are and they say 'wile'.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Oliviakins
Oliviakins
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Tá mé i mo chónaí i gcontae Tír Eoghain in aice le an teorann.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaCa826187
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Random Internet user PaCa approves of this post, although, the source - still undecided on hunting.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rach55237

Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God! This made my day.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/UniqueCreator

I put wa pa pa pa pa pa pa pow and got it wrong!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaCa826187
PaCa826187
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To be fair, it says 'Translate this sentence' not 'Answer this question'.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaryLea11
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Yes indeed. Ireland, the mystical home of talking animals...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/irishgirlraci

This question is perfection

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Allyson761920

Well played, duolingo.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dangantitan

So far this course has made it clear that the people making it like Harry Potter, TFIOS, and memes. Nice.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arjanrhod
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INSTANT laughing xD that was cool, duolingo!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scadwyn
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Is this what you'd find on an Irish See 'n Say?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/il_piccione

I answered "What says the fox?" and was marked wrong. So, in English...is this form archaic already? I'm just curious.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyMcKil
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Better as "What saith the fox" :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaCa826187
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[object:fox][function:speech][request:content]

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rachelkachel
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Yes, that's an archaic phrasing. You'd be understood, but nobody uses that outside of poetry and such.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GertWall
GertWall
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seriously?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thomasol_EIRE

Yes, a native English speaker would never say 'What says the _?'.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhiawolf
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Not true. I'm a published, professional writer with an MA from a writing-intensive university (and a native speaker). I can assure you that native speakers still use this construction. It's odd and flowery-sounding, but definitely still in use in daily life. English is kind of all about variety. shrug

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaggiePye
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Where? I've got a background in linguistics and have not encountered a dialect where this is modern usage, so I am curious!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cheetaiean
Cheetaiean
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You would hear it in Lord of the Rings

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/il_piccione

Well, I'm not actually a native speaker. har har

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhiawolf
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It's stilted, but still perfectly correct. I know people who say things this way, and I use this construction myself, but (with the possible exception of a few local variants) most people who use this phrasing are being deliberately poetic or flowery.

I hear it enough, though, that I think calling it archaic is going too far. "What saith the fox" (mentioned below) is genuinely archaic, but "what says the fox" is still correct. It's just quirky.

If Duo chooses not to mark it as "right", rest assured, that's just because it's odd, not wrong.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lindrhound
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This ^

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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It really depends on where you live. It would not have seemed odd when I lived in various areas of NY but on the West Coast of the US people would know what you meant and probably answer but you won't hear therm use it themselves much.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Huffdogg

I've been known to use it, as a native American english speaker, but it's an anachronism.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cadmon
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Really!??!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GertWall
GertWall
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I am a native English speaker and I do say that. Really!!!!!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EavanM

You'd be the first one I've heard.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/conor.raff
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I use "And what says you?" when asking a friend for an opinion... but only to native English speakers... don´t want to confuse my international friends lol

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Irony_Man
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Ja, I say similar things...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BrainyPirate
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I sometimes say "What say thee", but usually to be humorous. That's as close as I get to "What says the fox?"

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lindsay_Caldwell

so happy i learned how to ask this in gaelic

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Leipreachan4

you can't be serious ;'))))))) dies laughing

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lycaonpictus
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THIS MADE ME SO HAPPY :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaryLea11
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Agus mé fein!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Paddy_Boy

Ta se an greannmhar.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maggiestokes

Everyone needs to know how to say this, even in Gaelic!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lindrhound
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I will remember this.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sebastian_Spratt

This made my day

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gia758609

Ha ha! Now i am going to have this song stuck in my head! :-D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ZanninaMargariti

Say is abair or inis, isn't it? Where does "deir" come from...??? Confused

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lancet
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The verb say (abair) is one of the 11 irregular verbs in Irish. Unfortunately you have to learn these verbs off by heart as they don't follow the standard rules. Here are all its forms: http://www.teanglann.ie/en/gram/abair

Inis means tell rather than say. It is a regular verb so the standard rules apply.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Antonella444745

This is really low of you guys :') I was actually scared it was wrong,I thought my mind was playing tricks on me,but I guess it's just duolingo and their sense of humour! This really made my day :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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Are Ylvis duolingo users? And did duo get royalties.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RenCroteau

To me foxes sound similar to a dying cat mixed with a hyena.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/emma.norris

WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FelicityMc10
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What says the fox means exactly the same. Just more poetic!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Matthew-simpson
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please no

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/agora_melphys
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Фыр-фыр.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/officerpeppa

Oh no

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lilynyanko1

Yes.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sclare92

NOOOOOOOOOKKKO

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Orin806676

........ .. Really just really.........

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Huffdogg

:facepalm:

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ondotarro
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"¡Zorro, no te lo lleves!"

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Juniper_Jaye

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EXPLICITLANGUAGE

Really?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/not_justucetys
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That's what THAT fox says.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MrB16M4C

Can we please get the full gaelige translation, i wanna now what ba ba ba ba ba ba pow means

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OlegRussia

Why there is no lenition in "deir"? In another Duolingo example, "Cád a theastaíonn uathu?", "a" lenites. See also teanglann.ie, word "a" 6.1a.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/faeryscribe

I went back to the Lenition lesson and this was the only mention of "deir" I could find:

'7. Other Words

Lenition is also used after the phrase nuair a when, the prefixes ró- too and an- very, and the word má if (unless the next word is a version of tá or deir). Other special cases will be highlighted in other lessons.'

"Cad a deir an sionnach?" doesn't really fall under this rule since "ma" isn't used, but because "deir" isn't lenited here even with "ma" absent, I'm guessing it may fall under the other 'special cases' the text mentions.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Naddiiie
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I don't think verbs get lenited... but don't know for sure...

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Naddiiie
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Forget what I said

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Amybub

Ding ding ding do ding do de ding:-D

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheCassifier

This made my day!

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PeterKernohan

Ring ading ading a ding a dingadingdinggering ding ding ding dinga. Wa pa p pp pa pa pa pa pa pow!!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NicLiam
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"It's getting crowded in this fridge"

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Warder9
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A sound much like a woman screaming, tbh

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KittDunne
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'Cad a deireann ...' was accepted as correct on another page, but here, 'Cad a deir ...' is the answer. Is there any difference?

1 month ago