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"Ghlan mo mháthair an teach ó bhun go barr."

Translation:My mother cleaned the house from bottom to top.

October 20, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/coconutlulz

I remember that the name of one of my primary school Irish books was 'Bun go Barr'. I never knew what it meant until I was in my twenties.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CatMcCat

Seems like a good name for a bar!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/coconutlulz

Hah, 'Bun go Beár'. It would confuse Irish people into thinking it was bear-themed.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ian962069

HA . . The very early ones were essentially colouring books.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RiceCake420

I remember bun go barr... Worst book ever to be honest


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cian345323

I'll take your word for it. In 6th class we opened it once and that was Irish class done for the entire year.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emile110

It is not a practical way of cleaning but mom knows best


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KoJaineAhau

lol, very impractical, floors should be the last thing done


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CatMcCat

Is it a regular thing in Irish to say it this way? In English I'm used to "top to bottom" rather than"bottom to top. "


[deactivated user]

    Yes, but Duolingo accepts "top to bottom" as a translation.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CatMcCat

    Thanks, Moloughl, sometimes DL is very literal, so I didn't do it, but will next time.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cathal42

    Bun go barr is definitely the standard Irish phrase though


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rachelkachel

    I've heard both, though "top to bottom" is more common.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trodaire

    Can someone tell me what makes this bhun? I struggle with this one every time it comes up.


    [deactivated user]

      The preposition ó causes lenition so you get ó bhun.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alan290737

      M'athair = my father

      Mo mháthair = my mother


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tomh950371

      Should be m'athair!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FearDorcha5

      Can someone confirm that it's cleaned and not cleans in the audio? The gh doesn't sound as if it is a fricative to me. If, on the other hand, Glanann was said I cannot be sure of picking up the final ann.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SatharnPHL

      She is saying ghlan. You can hear the difference with glanann in Glanann na cailíní an sciorta and Glanann an ghallúnach na plátaí.

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      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FearDorcha5

      Thanks for the confirmation. The gh in ghallúnach is very clear to me unlike, alas, the one in this exercise. I'll have to live with it.

      I note your request regarding typeface color.

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