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"Ireland and England."

Translation:Éire agus Sasana.

January 20, 2015



FYI, I have reported that 'Éire is Sasana' is not accepted for 'Ireland and England' in the multiple-choice question.


Why England is Sasana, but english is béarla?


Sometime correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks like "Béarla" was derived from the Old Irish word for "language," with the original term for English translating to "Saxon language" and bring shortened over time. (Here's the full article on etymology of "Béarla:" https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/B%C3%A9arla)

Meanwhile, it looks like "Sasana" was derived from the word for "Saxon." (Full etymology here: https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/Sasana)

Hope this helps!


For the same reason that they speak Dutch in the Netherlands?

Béarla has a broader meaning that just "the language that they speak in England", but that has come to be the primary use of the word.


Is there a different word for Saxony where the Saxons come from, to distinguish it from England where a lot of Saxons live now? ? I tried to click on the link, but it doesn't work on my cell phone.


The Terminology Database at tearma.ie says that "Saxony" is an tSacsain in modern Irish and "Saxon" is Sacsanach.


What's the difference between Éire and Éireann? So confused!


Éire is the nominative, Éireann is the genitive. Then you have also Éirinn which is the dativ.


What about Scotland and Wales?


Albain agus an Bhreatain Bheag

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