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"Caitheann na páistí pitseámaí."

Translation:The children wear pyjamas.

October 8, 2014



Throwing it out there for any non-native English speakers who might be interested: "pyjamas," as far as I know, is a British spelling of the word. In the US, it's more commonly seen as "pajamas" or just spoken as "PJs."


I tried it, it'll accept it either way


No it won't, i tried too


It should work, you might have just gotten something else in the question wrong. (Sorry if this was posted a long time ago, I am on mobile app and cannot see post dates.)


I tried it too it does work ☺


This has been heavily discussed in other areas too. It seems that only the US uses pajamas whereas Canada, England, Ireland, and all other native English-speaking countries use pyjamas.


Not entirely true. Here in western canada we use Pajamas (or PJs). Duolingo accepts both pyjamas and pajamas. Haven't teied PJs yet.


Correct in the US its pajamas


And here I am thinking I spelled it wrong somehow.


Thank you. Upon further listening I picked up on the slender "s" sound. I'm a yank... going into my seventh decade and my hearing isn't what it used to be. Plus I live in the West and we don't generally hear this type of pronunciation.


Youre hearing it as an english "j" sound because in English that sound is whats called an "affricate", a sound treated as one consonant made from two being pronounced at the same time. Our "j" sound comes from "d" and a "zh" sound (like in "azure") being said at the same time. The cousin to this is the "ch" sound, which is really a "t" and "sh" at the same time. In this Irish word, you can see there's a "t" followed by a "sh" sound, so its more like an English "ch" but thats fairly close to "j"


Why does the s get a j sound?


It doesn't. It gets an 'sh' sound. Anytime you see a consonant near an i or e, it gets whats called a slender sound. In the case of s, it make 'sh' where as being near any other vowel, it would have a broad sound and it just sounds like an s.


This is twice now i have used what i feel is present continuous tense in english "are wearing" and another similar situation where i don't think there's enough distinction in English to be wrong. Trying to figure out if the anomaly is in Irish or English...

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There is no anomaly. The present continuous isn't the present habitual, in English or in Irish.


I've been looking through all my resources and I can't seem to find the genitve for pitseámaí. Anybody happen to know it?


The kids are wearing pajamas not accepted; reported 17/VI/20.

Unless we're talking habitual action?


Thats because the kids are wearing pajamas would be "tá na páistí ag caitheamh pitseámaí" habitual action is exactly what we're talking. Just like English, Irish makes a distinction between the two

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