It helps me to remember this: E= he (or male tense) I=she (or female tense) Just practicing the differences between the use of the í and é have helped me so very much! I hope it helps you too!
Just wondering, I'm also taking Rosetta Stone in Irish. For 'eat' and 'drink' so far they have only taught us (as an example): Ta an fear ag ithe and Ta an bean ag ol. Are 'to eat' and 'to drink' always conjugated?
So Irish is more like English in this regard that, say, Spanish.
What Duolingo is teaching you is the present simple and the present habitual tense. It's for things you do regularly (The woman drinks, for example). The version Rosetta Stone is using is the present progressive, and it is used in the same sense that English uses it.
Itheann an fear - The man eats
Tá an fear ag ithe _ The man is eating
Ólann an bhean - The woman drinks
Tá an bhean ag ól - The woman is drinking
aha okay, so can both be used when speaking, they're just used in different instances?
Did the audio go out? I often try to go here to hear how these sentences sound. (I know about the dialects--same thing for Norwegian) I just would like hearing one of them... Being a "Shannon" by name, I presume the western dialect is spoken in that region.
Is there a reason to the use of two 'N's in "ólann" here? (Pronunciation (slender vs. broad?), gemination...) (Obs. it's just a question. I simply don't know why. Can someone explain me, please?)
I'm very new to this and I just wanted to ask one question: is this course good? I want to learn Irish outside of school but don't really want to buy a course. Is there anyone here who knows Irish well enough to say how good this course is?
This course is a fabulous resource! You will not become fluent, nyt you will learn enough to move on with a great basis. Done It!
I'm missing something. How am I supposed to know the vocabulary when it's introduced? "Drink" wasn't a work I'd seen anywhere so translating it impossible for me.
When you get to a new word, it should be coloured yellow. Hover over it with your mouse (or tap it if you're on mobile) and the definition should come up. You can do this even when the words is not yellow (you've seen it before) but I'd recommend not to do that. Hope this helps!
the first is right and the second is wrong. "Ólaim" is "I drink" and that would translate to "I drink she", which does not make sense.
So when I clicked on the words to see what their meanings were, they both said "she drinks". I'm a little confused about that. How can 2 words have the same meaning?