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"M' athair agus do mháthair."

Translation:My father and your mother.

August 29, 2014



Sounds like the plot of a reality telefisean show.


my thoughts, exactly


Okay so is "m'athair" pronounced "muh-ahar" or "mahar". Otherwise how do you distinguish "my father" from "mother"


The pronunciation of the "a" distinguishes the two words. In "m'athair", the first "a" is bright, like in "hat." In "máthair", the "á" is darker and also long, like in "law."


Or, if you have an Australian accent like me, the short "a" in m'athair "my father") is more or less like the "o" in "mother" and the long "á" in máthair is more or less like the "a" in "father".

This is the danger of comparing pronunciation to English. We don't all pronounce things the same. The way I pronounce "law" is probably closer to how you pronounce "low". IPA all the way!


Good point! That's also the strongest argument against a major overhaul of English spelling: as soon as you start talking about addressing the gap between spelling and pronunciation, you immediately raise the question: whose pronunciation? At least this way there's still one written standard (more or less) for lots of different spoken standards.


Note that there should be no space between the m' and athair. As far as I know, it's inserted by a limitation of Duolinguo.


May 14, 2016: Now they have an underscore between m' and athair. (m'_athair). I've seen a few of those lately. It must be their workaround, but it will confuse people.


yes yes yes .I have been getting that from the start and keep reporting it as it puts me ALMOST correct.Eist le do thoil Duolingo !!!


is it just me, or does it sound like she's saying mhátuid?


The slender "r" isn't pronounced like an "r" in English. You can listen to other examples of "máthair" on teanglann.ie that will help you recognize the sound: http://www.teanglann.ie/en/fuaim/m%c3%a1thair


...agus grá gan srian ag spreagadh.


Mom is not the only word people use for mother, for example, mum and mam are commonly used and correct.


"Mom" seems to be the American thing, and I've gathered that "mum" is a British thing, but where is "mam" used/from??? (and I'm assuming this is not the contraction of "madam" into "ma'am" we hear as a respect term)


"Mam" or "mammy" is the Irish way. (from "mamaí")


I just watched a movie about this on Friday. 'a deadly game'


Yes what are they up to!!!!??? Nothing the Holy Father would disapprove of I hope.Remember the 6th???


The mother has lenition here?


The possessive adjectives "mo" and "do" cause lenition.

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