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"Is cait iad."

Translation:They are cats.

September 22, 2014


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Isn't "cait" supposed to sound more like "quit" (according to other duolingo examples)?


I would say 'catch' would be a nearer approximation in English than 'quit', but it depends on the dialect.


hope they fix it! As if the spelling wasn't confusing enough for a beginner!


Wiktionary says [katʲ] or (Cois Fharraige) [kɪtʲ]. On Forvo, I'm hearing [kɪtʲ], [kæt], and [katʲ]. Seems regional (like most of Irish pronunciation).


Be warned though, as not everyone on Forvo is a native speaker.


Based on the pronunciation rules explained here (http://www.standingstones.com/gaelpron.html) I would go with "cait" rhyming with English "pitch".


I have no idea where you're getting that -- the vowel combination "ai" is never mentioned in the article you've linked...


I think what I got from it is "ai" would be pronounced /a/ if the "i" was just orthographic like in the example "Caileafóirnia", where "i" is just there because of the slender "e" that comes after.

In "cait" there's no such vowel, so I just assumed the "a" was the one who was merely there for spelling reasons (that completely fly over my head). So, since "ai" is not a diphthong and there's no slender vowel to justify the "i", by process of elimination I would go with /kit/.

Now if that's the case, I would really like to know what the hell that "a" is doing there, instead of simply writing "cit". :)


The “spelling reasons” are to ensure that the C is pronounced broad (because of the adjacent A) and that the T is pronounced slender (because of the adjacent I) — listen to the pronunciations of ceann cait here.


Melhael: The "a" is there because the basic word is "cat" (cat). In the plural the final consonant is palatalized [made 'slender'] -- /t/ becomes /tʲ/ -- indicated in writing by the insertion of the letter "i". Had the word been written "cit" then the initial "c" would have been palatalized too ...but in "cait" it isn't.. It remains 'broad', as it was in "cat".


Are you sure it should sound more like "quit" and not more like "kite"? There are conflicting examples on forvo: http://ca.forvo.com/word/cait/#ga :(


I learned it from byiki as sounding more like "cuit"


In school I was always taught to pronounce cait as "kaht"


The broad t of cat and the slender t of cait have different pronunciations.


I notice that with the Ulster dialect Cat sounds like caht and Cait sounds a bit like cahtch or catch

This marries nicely with my learning that Tír (Land) is pronounced a bit like cheer or tcheer


Yes, I have heard 'Duit' , ( as in 'dia duit' ) pronounced with a similar thing going on, with a ch sound at the end. Don't know if it's relevant.


Are there different versions of Irish Duolingo for desktop computers? I feel like my version is missing the audio portion. Could you hear this example before you clicked on the comments?


Yes, I could hear the audio example before I clicked the on comments. When there is audio available there is a loudspeaker symbol on the left of the sentence. Sometimes when my internet connection is slow (or Duolingo's servers are overloaded, maybe) then the audio is not played at all or played with a delay.


My version didn't even have the loudspeaker symbol. Sometimes, I have to read Duo's mind. ;-)


Would it be wrong to say "those are cats"?


Yes; “Those are cats” would be Is cait iad sin (or Is cait iad siúd ).


I don't understand why this is necessarily "cait" rather than "cat"


Because 'cait' is the plural form of 'cat', and the plural is necessary to agree with 'iad', giving the meaning 'they are cats'. If you wanted to say 'she is a cat', for instance, you could use the singular 'cat', but you would also need a singular pronoun, 'í'.


so it would be "Is cat i" instead of "is cait iad?" Ok GRMA!!


I'm very confused why "Is" isn't pronounced "she" - doesn't "i" and "s" touching make the "sh" sound?


Usually, yes, but not in this case. It is pronounced 'iss' rather than 'ish'.


Would "Is cait siad" work?


No, With the copula (is and its other forms), you always use é/í/iad instead of sé/sí/siad.


Thanks, that really helps.


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