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  5. "Ólann an páiste bainne."

"Ólann an páiste bainne."

Translation:The child drinks milk.

September 19, 2014



Why does the pronunciation of "bainne" sound like "bahn-ye?" Is that always how "ne" sounds?


The “y” sound is a reflection of the “slender” N. The Ns are slender in bainne because they’re adjacent to “slender” vowels — E and I are the “slender” vowels in Irish.


Is the "y" a distinct sound (like ñ in Spanish), or does it have to do with where the "n" sound sits in the mouth? (Sorry if I'm articulating poorly; I've only ever had one uni linguistics course several years ago.) Is it a regional dialect thing?


In phonetic terms, it represents palatalization. The “hard” and “soft” contrasts of consonants in Russian and Polish represent the closest analogue, with “soft” corresponding to “slender”. The Spanish ñ, /ɲ/, could be viewed as an Irish slender N with an overemphasized “y” sound; the Irish “y” sound is an offglide. All of the dialects have a slender N; some of them have two varieties.


Check this video out... I have to know how it sounds or I can't learn it...lol. It helped me. (Free YouTube video, not anything to pay for, not a scam, or spam.) https://youtu.be/oIokUII7LX0


Hi! I was puzzled, too. I found this video, and after I watched it a few times, I think I am starting to get it. Hope it helps. https://youtu.be/oIokUII7LX0


How do you decipher by listening if child is plural or not? They sound the same to me.


I don't know the plural form of 'child' yet, but the article in front of it will change. 'an' is singular, 'na' is plural.


You can tell the difference by the "na" and "an" in front of the word for child if you have difficulty hearing by ear.


why not you drink the childs milk?


Because the children are drinking it not someone else(sorry i didn't know if this was just poor grammar).


(An) páiste/(the) child, is singular, (na) páisti/(the)children, is plural.

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