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"Níl ionainn ach cailíní."

Translation:We are only girls.

January 19, 2015



By only does it mean "all we are is girls" or "we are exclusively girls"


The literal translation sounds like the old-timey phrase "we are but girls", so the first one, I think


Probably off-topic, but how do you say "we are the only girls"?


Níl ionainn ach na cailíní

[deactivated user]

    I think it is more like Is sinne na cailíní amháin (atá ann).


    I speak Leinster Irish (which is nearly dead) we use this because we tend to use more Anglophonisised phrases. An bhfuil gaeilge do mháthairtheanga?


    An bhfuil gaeilge do mháthairtheanga?

    That’s an identificational question, so is should be used rather than : An í an Ghaeilge do mháthairtheanga?

    [deactivated user]

      Ní hí ach nuair a bhí mé ag éirí aníos bhí an-chuid focal Gaeilge in úsáid i gcaint na ndaoine.
      Níl ionainn ach na cailíní = We are only the girls.
      I don't think it can be construed as "we are the only girls".
      Glad to hear there is some Leinster Irish still alive.


      I´m amazed. I thought Leinster Irish had been defunct for at least a century.


      shouldn't the translation be "we are not just girls."


      No — the translation is correct. One way to say “We are not just girls” would be Ní cailíní amháin atá ionainn.


      All these lessons and all these practices and this is my first time seeing "ionainn" :( And even looking at the answer...I have no idea what it means.

      [deactivated user]

        The way Irish expresses phrases like "we are only ..." is:
        "There is not in us except ...".
        "in us" consists of a preposition (in) and a pronoun (us).
        In Irish a preposition followed by a pronoun is combined into a single word - a prepositional pronoun.
        The form of the prepositional pronoun varies according to the person involved (me, you, him, her, us, you, them) so we have:

        • ionam = in me
        • ionat = in you
        • ann = in him
        • inti = in her
        • ionainn = in us
        • ionaibh = in you (plural)
        • iontu = in them

        So to say "we are only girls" we express it in Irish as "there is not in us except girls" which is Níl ionainn ach cailíní.


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