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"Béiceann an madra."

Translation:The dog shouts.

September 19, 2014



Every time I get one of these stupid sentences I have to come here and see what fun everyone has had with them. It's the most enjoyable part about learning Irish here.


Would "the dog barks" be an acceptable translation here?


Technically the verb to bark is "Tafann"

"Tá an madra ag tafann." - The dog is barking


But dogs cant "yell" or "shout"- at least not in English. Bit of a confusing thing to be translating


Except for Old Yeller. Heh heh. Truly, it does sound funny to say a dog is yelling but I suppose that's what they're doing in doggish.


Our dog shouts. He doesn't bark. He shouts hello whenever people visit. Helloooo. He is a husky cross. It isn't howling either. I always describe it as shouting, especially when my sister comes home, he gets very loud.


There are some lovely talking husky videos on Youtube.


I'm imagining a dog trying to communicate urgency by barking furiously, and thinking in its head, "AAAAAAA! AAAAA! AAAAA!"


That's a good one! Ha Ha Ha :) Old Yeller!


Maybe not in real life, but in cartoons or movies they can. Or it could be part of a joke. "A dog, a pig, and a llama walk into a bar and the dog yells to the bartender..."


My dog says "Owwwwt" when he knows we are going on a walk :) He says it really loudly as well...He is so funny!

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    Ó Dónaill gives the verb Tafainn as being transitive and meaning to hunt, pursue, drive off/out, chase away, expel and the noun Tafann as being the verbal noun of Tafainn and also the (act of) barking, bark.

    O'Reilly (1864) on the other hand gives Tafanaim as I yelp, bay, bark, pursue, expel, rout.

    Another verb for bark is amhastraigh which Ó Dónaill gives as being intransitive, so one could say Amhastraíonn an madra.


    6 Mar 2017 - For what it's worth, I tried "The dog barks", and it was accepted


    That's what I just used for an answer and it was accepted. I'll try "the dog howls" next time and post if it passes.


    bow-wow = Amh-amh.


    You might have a werewolf on your hands at that point.


    Dogs might not be able to yell, but goats can! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woobL2yAxD4


    Yelling dogs? They must have developed Duolingo in Narnia. I mean really. A place where monkeys drink, dogs yell, and men go into the refrigerator? That sounds like Narnia.


    Don't forget the talking deer!


    Who could forget Óisíonn's mother? X-D


    ... his dear, dear mother.


    Sure, tis a magical land altogether we have ...


    Now that's a smart dog. :) No wonder Paul left his wife and cat. :)


    If "barks" does not work, what about "howls"?


    The English-Irish dictionary lists béic as one of the ways to translate "howl", so yes.


    Would be helpful to have this as one of the given glosses for béic.


    I tried "howls", but it was not accepted. Even people howl. I will try reporting it, but I don't know if it will be accepted. http://www.teanglann.ie/en/eid/howl


    Although, the dictionary only lists béic as the howl of a human or when a person barks an instruction or something at you. It's not one of the words listed for the howling or barking of a dog! Which makes this Duolingo sentence overly confusing; but perhaps they thought that it would help us remember the word.


    I mean, I've heard people saying this kind of thing tongue-in-cheek. "Better take the dog out, he's been shouting his head off for two hours."

    But it's important to know whether this would be a similarly humorous, anthropomorphic turn of phrase in Irish, or just a straightforward way of saying the dog is barking.


    I tried "the dog barks," too, and got it wrong. Maybe "the dog yelps" would work, because they don't yell, at least in American English.


    These sentences are stupid. There are a lot of them in these exercises


    At least they're not boring.


    What's the sound a dog makes in Irish? I.e bark, woof, arf, bow wow, etc. in English.

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      sceamh, tafann, amhastrach
      See here


      So far accepted translations include "the dog yells", "the dog barks", and "the dog howls"


      I remember this verb bc it sounds like "bacon"; and who wouldnt shout for joy when given bacon? Although my dog says its more effective to stare down the bacon until it falls to the floor in terror than to yell for it.


      We're in a Richard Scary land.


      how stupid! I put the dog barks and was marked wrong. Whoever heard a dog shouting?


      Really? The dog yells? The dog shouts?


      Best dog-gone dog in the West.


      I will be totally honest, I have never seen a dog shout. I have seen goats shout, but never a dog...


      Our family dog only barked a few times in succession as a pup. As an adult dog, he was practically silent. Sometimes a child would drop something on him and he would yelp, a different sound altogether. When he did bark, it was a single, loud, deliberate shout, a sort of doggy "Hey!" It was always an unusual exclamation, meant as an alert, rather than an idle, repetitive yelling, if you see what I'm saying.


      Why use shout instead of bark?


      Yes they have odd sentences in here, I bet we all remember them better than the ones that aren't strange.


      ...what is the chance that 'beiceann' and 'bark' are in fact related?


      From what dictionaries say, it seems like béic just means something along the lines of "to create a loud vocal sound", basically anything in dialogue where the author is trying to be fancy: bellow, exclaim, shriek, whatever. And while it doesn't mean the specific bark that a dog makes (that'd be amhastraigh), I'm don't know exactly if it's common to use it in this context, but I'm sure it would work fine.


      There is an Irish triad: Na trí glórtha is binne;
      Meilt bhró,
      Géimneach bó,
      Béic linbh.

      The three sweetest sounds: Grinding of a quernstone; Lowing of a cow, Squealing of a child.


      Is this a fairy tale? Does the dog also speak?!?!?


      Could the beast maybe yelp?


      The dog shouts: Could be a reference to an episode of Wilfred. With that said, I agree with others that the sentences are ridiculous. I really wish we were learning more useful phrases.


      I used the word 'yelp' - as a more usual term for what dogs do - but it came up as a 'typo'. I've just notice other people have suggested that too.


      The mistake you are making is not embracing the Alice in Wonderland of Duolingo Irish where anything can happen.The Mad Hatter will show up soon eating crab and cheese in a fridge!!!!!!


      What does it shout? Woof! Woof!!!!!


      Um, maybe, "béiceann an madra: 'Bacon!'"


      Or: Béiceann an madra "Bágún, le do howl!"


      Ah, le mot juste; "how'll" I answer such wordplay?


      That depends, maybe it shouts "Timmy is in the well!" or in Irish something like, "Timmy tá sa tréigthe tobar!" (Irish dogs are more verbally descriptive than American dogs.)


      Bow-wow! is Amh-amh! The Irish drops the b and w sounds and keeps the ows.


      I cant hear the difference between beicim and beiceann


      i feel bad for whoever has to listen to this dog all day


      That is a wierd sentence.


      Some of ye are taking these too seriously


      Yippee! 'Howls' was accepted!


      Does that cross little owl Duo ever yell? I love these responses, not least because I know for certain that all who participate can have no time for competing for the number 1 slot on the league table.


      ♪Werewolves of Dublin, again ...♪♪♪

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