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How to decline a potato!

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You could just say, "No, thanks!" HaHaHa!

But if you want the real story check out the Wiktionary:

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/pr%C3%A1ta

Scoot past Faroese to Irish. See the heading "Declension". Click on "Show" and VOILA! The mysteries of "práta" stand revealed. A table showing the full declension!

And it's not just about potatoes. Many of the Irish nouns included in the Wiktionary have a full declension table. Those that don't usually give you a hint or two to get started with.

Do you know of other great resources?

January 6, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

Bheadh na fataí nite, bruite, agus ite ag an gConnachtach sula mbeidís ráite ag an Muimhneach.

January 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AnLonDubhBeag

Tá an ceart agat a ghalaxyrocker, rudaí deacra 'sea iad na prataí i gCúige Mumhan, is minic a bhím ag déanamh machnaimh ar cheist an phrata agus a dhíochlaonadh. Go raibh saol fada gan chruatan an ghinidigh ar na Connachtaibh agus ar a sliocht.

January 19, 2015

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In the absence of Irish immersion, I decided to have a go at your passage. My first ever real Irish translation. Really didn't know what to do with sliocht (is it a pun or something?)

Tá an ceart agat a ghalaxyrocker, You are right galaxyrocker (omg, galaxyrocker is lenited)

rudaí deacra 'sea iad na prataí i gCúige Mumhan, Potatoes are a hard thing in Munster

is minic a bhím ag déanamh machnaimh ar cheist an phrata agus a dhíochlaonadh. Often I reflect on the question of the potato and its declension

Go raibh saol fada gan chruatan an ghinidigh ar na Connachtaibh agus ar a sliocht. My you have long life without the hardship of the genitive in the Connachtman and in his lineage.

Corrections would be helpful and enlightening. :D :D :D :D :D

January 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AnLonDubhBeag

That's basically right, the last sentence is:

May the Connachtmen and their descendants have a long life without the hardship of the genitive (case).

January 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/heathermagoo
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Oh neat! Thanks.

January 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AnLonDubhBeag

Sliocht is descendants.

January 19, 2015

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Oh what fun! "The Connachtman would have the potatoes (fataí) washed (nite), cooked (bruite) and eaten (ite) before the Munsterman would be finished saying the word". Just found it explained on a blog. Thanks so much.

January 6, 2015

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http://breis.focloir.ie/en/

Fantastic English-Irish and Gaeilge-Béarla dictionary with grammar on each word and pronunciation in all three dialects for many (most I've come across so far) words.

January 6, 2015

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I took a look and found my friend "Potato" joined by brioscáin phrátaí /potato crisps -- práta Spáinneach / spanish (sweet) potatoes -- arán prátaí/ potato patties and about 20 other possibilities. A wonderful resource; you could get lost in it for hours. Thanks.

January 6, 2015

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Yes, Rewjeo is right about the dictionary! I use it all the time. Then, when I come across a word that it does not have the pronunciation for, I check http://www.forvo.com/ . Just set it to search in Irish(ga), and you are good to go!

January 6, 2015

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Forvo, that's a great help with pronunciation. GRMMA! I started looking for a really long word to try to stump Forvo and came across this funny word building tree (and I would say they must all be "pending" in Forvo right now). :D

establishment -- bunaíocht

disestablishment -- díbhunaíocht

disestablishmentarian -- díbhunaíochtach

disestablishmentarianist -- díbhunaíochtachóir

disestablishmentariantstical -- díbhunaíochtachóireach

antidisestablishmentarianistical -- frithdíbhunaíochtachóireach

January 6, 2015

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Haha, nice. You are hurting the young Irish part of my brain. ;)

January 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Snagbreac

I'd sooner just peel one.

January 7, 2015

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Ah! Then, according to http://breis.focloir.ie/en/ you'd end up with Craicne prátaí / potato peelings and bia an phráta / potato except peel. Wishing you airí prátaí/ plenty of potatoes. Bon Appétit!

January 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Snagbreac

I need to earn a few more lingots before I can start on my spuds.

January 8, 2015

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Lots of tricks to make your garden grow.

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January 8, 2015

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January 10, 2015
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