"An sráidbhaile beag."

Translation:The small village.

November 4, 2014


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German has the handy rule that compound words take the gender of the last word of the compound: das Buch (book) + der Laden (store) = der Buchladen (bookstore). Does it work the same way in Irish? "Sráid" is feminine, and "baile" is masculine, so the same rule would seem to apply, but that's just conjecture. Can anyone in the know help out?

November 4, 2014


Yes, all compound words take the gender of the last element. That's pretty much the rule in Indo-European languages.

December 17, 2014


That's great. I was hoping for a nice, reliable rule like that! Thanks.

December 17, 2014


All of the Irish examples that I’ve noticed follow that rule (e.g. words ending with -lann [“building”] are feminine, and lann itself is feminine).

December 1, 2014


sráidbhaile = street town :)

June 23, 2016


Is there a strong distinction between "village" and "town"? What's the word for "town" in this case?

November 22, 2015


“Town” is baile.

January 9, 2016



Check here to see how "village" should be pronounced. It is a little more involved than the example given!

March 28, 2016


The pronunciation is not what I expected for the "bhaile" part. I expected it to end with a "val-uh" sound, but she seems to be saying "val-ya." Is this normal?

January 6, 2016


Indeed, I believe it is normal and expected to have a "ya" sound at the end, since the "l" is slender in the word.

September 30, 2018


I used the correct Irish wording, however the program counted it off. All was spelled correctly.

February 26, 2019
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