I answered "He eat". Oh good, it's not that I don't know Irish, it's that I suck at English
Why is it itheann sé and not itheann é? Does the s indicate something?
Sé means he and é means him. Itheann é makes no sense by itself, and would translate as "Eats him".
If I got that right, sé is the regular form of the pronoun and é is only used with the copula. Try and take a look at the tips and notes at the beginning of "Basics 1", it is explained there :)
Agreed. This is tripping me up.
Can it not be "He is eating?"
No, 'he is eating' and 'he eats' are distinguised in both Irish and English (though not in many European languages).
How do you say i am a girl ????
I am a girl - Is cailín me
The audio on this is clippedntoo short
The audio isn't clipped. If it sounds clipped to you, try opening this exercise in a different browser, and see if it sounds better - network issues can interrupt the audio, and your browser may have cached that interrupted audio.
So is this like in Spanish? Èl come. (But with VSO) Can you also like in Spanish leave out él and just say come? (Leave out sé and just say itheann?)
Not really. Some dialects mark the synthetic forms still (Munster), but not in every case. Some dialects, however, are completely analytic and you can't drop the subject.
does se mean he eats by itself? or does it only mean he eats when put with itheann?
I put it
The speaking exercises don't work for me in Irish. (I have it in other languages). Anybody else has that problem?
So the verb comes first and pronoun second?