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  5. "Na dathanna."

"Na dathanna."

Translation:The colors.

September 4, 2014



No kidding about plural being kind of random!


Actually, there's some pretty nice rules based on declension class. But they're hard to go into here.


Which rule applies here? Does bath ends in a broad consonant


Dath is a masculine noun that ends with a consonant and forms its singular genitive by appending -a, so it’s a third declension noun.


you mean Dathanna is a genetive singular? and also the third declenation says that nouns ending in -aeir, -éir, -eoir, -óir, -úir are masculine.it does not says nouns end in consonents.


No, I mean that the singular genitive for dath is datha. Dathanna is its plural, both nominative and genitive. There are more types of third declension nouns than masculine ones that end in those -ir varieties.


There's a UK English spelling of colour but the american spelling of colors.

Seems odd that they would be mixed


interesting lesson. not a single color is similar to any of the languages I speak( French--German-Swiss German- Spanish - Portuguese - Italian ( English) nor ( as far as I remember) to any of the ones I am currently learning. I will have to look at etymology. I sincerely appreciate DUO in spite of the fact that English is not my mother-tongue. It gives me the possibility to polish it up. I have recommended it to many of my friends. The only thing I'd like to have is transliteration in Hebrew and Japanese.


The only vaguely familiar word is donn for brown - there's many a Dun Cow pub in England, and that lovely put-down in one of Shakespeare's sonnets 'if snow be white, why then her breasts are dun'


How'd you pronounce the TH in that?


This is pronounced like "dawanna", right?


No, th doesn't have a "w" sound.

You can hear dathannach ("colourful") in the Pronunciation Database on teanglann.ie, where you can hear the th:

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