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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)?

September 23, 2014



September 23, 2014


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

October 18, 2014


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

January 11, 2015


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

January 23, 2015


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

February 18, 2015


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

April 6, 2015


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

May 7, 2016


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". :)

May 8, 2016


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.

August 28, 2016


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".

October 12, 2018


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 :(

December 17, 2014


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

April 14, 2016


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?

March 28, 2016


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.

April 17, 2016


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

April 19, 2016


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

September 15, 2016


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

January 24, 2017


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

September 1, 2015


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

November 22, 2015


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

February 2, 2016


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'.

February 2, 2016


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

February 2, 2016


It sounds like, "Ist quits ead"

April 26, 2018


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

December 12, 2015


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

December 12, 2015


Would "Is cait siad" work?

January 16, 2017


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

January 16, 2017


Thanks, that really helps.

January 17, 2017


How do I pronounce cait

April 3, 2017



April 26, 2018
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