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"An dtéann go dtí an zú?"

Translation:Do you go to the zoo?

September 27, 2014



It used to be spelled sú when I was in school. But sú isn't accepted here but it's in de bhaldraithe as the translation of zoo. There is no z in the Irish alphabet.


When I was in school it was called the gairdín na n-ainmhithe.


is it kind of like in german? in german there's both in use: zú -> Zoo, gairdín na n-ainmhithe -> Tiergarten, where Zoo usually refers to a (much) bigger version than Tiergarten..

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Not really. While Dublin Zoo (founded in 1831) is indeed located in the Phoenix Park, a large urban park (over three times the size of Berlin's Tiergarten), the term gairdín na n-ainmhithe was not used to refer to the Phoenix Park, only to the Zoo.

Until 1983, Dublin Zoo was the only public zoo in the Republic of Ireland. I'm not aware that there were ever any others (there are now a number of aquariums and "zoos" at destinations like Tayto Park), so there wasn't really any need to differentiate between big and small collections of wild animals. There is also a Zoo in Belfast, opened in 1934.


Not sure about that. The Tiergarten in Berlin is definitely bigger than the Zoo in Karlsruhe...


Ooops... You're right.. I meant "Tierpark" not "Tiergarten"


Is this the first word we've seen with a "Z" in it? Loan word, i suppose.


I think you're right! It is! Wow... and also I've never seen a word with a "V" or "Q" in it either.


The letters K, J, Q, V, W, X, Y and Z don't appear in Irish except in loan words. The traditional Irish alphabet only has 18 letters.


Wow... now that, I did not know. Thanks.


Thanks, that answered my question in "Is fuath liom zu."


Try "Vóta". Never heard a Q,though..


Dublin Zoo is called 'gairdín na n-ainmhithe'


Yeah, I think this should be accepted, too.


Mar, is fuath liom an zú! :)


I wonder if lenition and eclipsis apply to ...


Neither mutation is applied to the letter Z (or to Y, X, W, V, Q, K, or J, for that matter).


Can this also mean "are you going to the zoo?"


No. Irish and English both differentiate between the simple present (téann tú - "you go") and the continuous present (tá tú ag dul - "you are going"). The have different forms, and very different meanings.

An dtéann do go dtí an zú? - "Do you go to the zoo?" (ever, on Tuesdays, when the sun shines, etc)
An bhfuil tú ag dul go dtí an zú? - "Are you going to the zoo?" (now)

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