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"Ólann an luch uisce roimh an damhán alla."

Translation:The mouse drinks water before the spider.

December 8, 2014

18 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ciaran201

This sounds like some sorta spy code. "The mouse is drinking the water, engage the spider!"


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

Ixnæ on the yspæ alktæ! Yes, I have no bananas.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FordhamRam95

What does "damhán alla" mean? Why is spider two words? Knowing the two parts might help me remember this word. Thanks!


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

A way to remember is Alla sounds like Balla (forgive my spelling) which means wall and Damhán sounds like down so down wall. Because spiders go up and down walls.

I just made that up noe Im only here because I wanna help people lol


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

Old Irish damh = ox, alla or allta = wild, undomesticated. Damhán alla = little wild ox. No worse that mac tire for wolf of smugairle róin for jellyfish.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Giovanni-B

I wrote "the Mouse drinks water in front of the spider" it wasn't accepted. Before, in front of, and ahead of are similar, so what's the deal?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/petermarti682580

It was a very mannerly spider. He just said to the mouse 'mice before spiders '!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jperry1066

it was accepted on 10 June 2019


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

Just like the fox "sionnach", there is no ellipsis for the spider "damhan alla" ?


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

the preposition+definite article combo doesn't eclipse words starting with d and t. roimh an (before the) is one of those combos. i remember not to eclipse it because of the "an n-" you end up getting. example: "roimh an damhán alla" is correct. if you were to say "roimh an ndamhán alla" you would end up pronouncing "an na..." and it'd run together in a weird way that that feels like i'm just blowing out my nose haha. this might be the reason it's not eclipsed or it might be just a coincidence but either way it helps me remember.


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

Thank you for this - I was trying to figure out why damhan alla wasn't eclipsed.


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

Not sure how old this comment thread is, but D and T would absolutely be eclipsed in Munster! That's definitely how I was taught in school, to say "ag an ndoras" or "ar an dtraein", but I know other dialects don't do that


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarkAdams211319

That's where my ancestors came from, so when I go to an Gaeltacht in Munster, I'll have to remember this.


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

When I started Irish, some helpful Duolingoer helped others to learn Irish. Somebody, please call that Duolingoer and make me learn damhán alla!


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

I wrote "... in front of the spider" & it was wrong. Can anybody explain why?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ridden4

Does anyone have a link or video explaining why some words don't have eclipse? Thank you so much!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Colin236326

"The water rat* drinks before the spider ?" * [or water mouse] - isn't this an alternative correct translation?

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