"Caillim airgead nuair a rithim le mo mhac."

Translation:I lose money when I run with my son.

February 11, 2015



Well, mother, if you would quit buying him every prize, you wouldn't lose the money when you run with him. I bet it's Paul. Mind you he will grow up to be President of Ireland, and leave his wife and cat for the pink girls in the sweaters. :)

April 23, 2015


Honestly, as crazy as it all sounds, hearing you say these legitimately helps me a lot. It makes the comprehension social, and funny, and easier to mentally work with because its applied via in-jokes. Thank you, and go Hawks.

October 21, 2017


Now I understand why the sentences are crazy: They are easier to remember that way.

March 3, 2015


That's a bad thing. Then you remember the translation of the sentence as a whole when you see it cycle back through, rather than learning from varied context.

March 14, 2015


Actually, I think it's a good thing- it's an incentive to learn the words and grammar properly, since these sentences aren't going to help all that much. Unless your son really is a pickpocket.

January 8, 2016


I think it is a bad thing too. You never really learn how to use the word in a useful context so you never think to use it. You can't learn to use the word this way. An example would be "He walks on water." I get that one right every time it comes up but I can't say it in Irish right now. I don't know how to say "He walks on.....anything. It hasn't taught me how to use it because it is an memorable sentence.

May 17, 2016


If you can remember the Irish for “He walks on water” every time, then you should be able to substitute “water” for something else, e.g. “milk”, if you need a more memorable sentence.

September 25, 2016


Yeah, but it doesn't seem to work that way. I think you pick out certain words like water and walk and then you just know the sentence from those clues and you don't really learn it. It has been 4 months since I made that comment above and I could not tell you now how to say "He walks on water" but I am sure I would recognize it if I saw it. I think a lot of learning of a language is knowing sentences and phrases without even thinking about it because they have been said so many times that you don't have to think about them anymore. If you are only learning nonsense sentences, you don't get that ability to say sentences without having to think about them. Really I should take the sentences and make new sentences with them that make more sense but I would be on lessons all day long doing that. I wish I had more time for this.

September 29, 2016


"Airgead" is much like the French word "argent."

May 27, 2016


With the exact same meaning, silver and money!

September 27, 2016


They are both from Latin 'argentum'

November 1, 2018


Pól needs better pockets.

June 26, 2016


Is "nuair a" a fixed phrase? Because I wonder what function the "a" has here.

July 31, 2016

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    Nuair is really a contraction of an uair ("the hour" or "the time"). It's technically a noun and not a conjunction. To use it as a conjunction for subordinate clauses like in this type of sentence you need the relative pronoun/particle a to introduce the verb and noun of the subordinate clause (in this case, rithim). You can think of it as roughly saying in English, I lose money (at) the time that I run with my son.

    Nuair will be called a conjunction by itself in contemporary grammars and dictionaries, but historically and syntactically it's not--it's a noun that when combined with the relative pronoun a forms a conjunctive phrase. So yes, you do need the a.

    August 28, 2016


    I can't remember when the use of "a" as a means of introducing a subordinate clause was mentioned, but now I was able to look it up for further usage. GRMA.

    August 31, 2016


    Maybe my son & I wager over who is the faster runner?

    January 14, 2017


    can airgead also be translated as silver?

    February 28, 2017


    I wrote "silver" as my translation (I just like old forms better) and they marked it incorrect. Side note: Argentum is the Latin for silver, it's elemental name being Ag. :) good for the porous memory box

    January 18, 2018



    September 11, 2018


    I'm still confused as to when I would use "leis" rather than "le" I was using "leis" as "with him" before, but then DL got me for not using it as "with it" in a sentence where 'book' was the object. I understand that it is often used in a way that would be unstated in English, but that's about all I've got at this point.

    February 11, 2015


    Leis can be a prepositional pronoun, which represents le + é (i.e. “with him” or “with it”). Leis is also used as a simple preposition instead of le when it is followed by a definite article — e.g. leis an leabhar or leis na leabhair rather than *le an leabhar or *le na leabhair.

    February 11, 2015


    Fascinated to hear the context of this.

    September 5, 2018


    Is she losing money to her son because she is betting , because she is careless or because her son is a thief ? Would Caillim be suited to all these situations and if so, she is a very naive woman.

    May 17, 2016


    Caol le caol agus leathan le leathan. Ok, so in the word airgead we have i before rg and e after it, they are both slender vowels, which respects the rule. But, what makes them necessary here then, since we also have a in both sides? I mean, couldn't it be written like argad? I'm not sure if I completely understood this rule =\

    August 14, 2016

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      Technically air- in airgead is a diphthong--a vowel sound made by combining two vowelss. The first syllable should sound more like air than ar although the dialectal variations in Irish really blur this. But historically it's a diphthong, if you pronounced it clearly as the diphthong ai and not something between ai and a you would be correct and still be understood despite what anyone says, and that it's still written as such tells us that when they did the last orthographical reforms, it was still be considered a diphthong.

      (And this is where I obnoxiously, pointlessly interject why I am so happy I learned Scottish Gaelic before Irish because no Scottish Gaelic speaker muddies that diphthong in words like this. Sorry, just had to do that. And yes, I know, it's obnoxious.)

      Anyhow, because this diphthong ends with slender vowel, the following vowel sound in airgead must conform to the rule.

      A couple finer points here: the r is slenderized here too (but it's often hard to hear--it's a breathier, lighter r sound that does not occur in English phonology. You can hear it more clearly in the recordings for air), however r is not followed by a h because h will not be placed after slenderized liquid consonants (r, l and n). And yes, it sounds like airgead is three syllables--that is the intrusive vowel that happens when r comes right before another consonant that r doesn't blend with. So airgead end up sounding more like air(uh)gead.

      August 28, 2016


      Oh my! Thank you sooooo much for such a detailed explanation! I actualy stopped my studies for a while these days and then when I come back I have this :) I understand it now, go raibh míle maith agat!

      Ps.: I was also thinking about which one would be better to study first, since I'm planning to learn both :D

      August 31, 2016

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      Remember that the primary form of any language is the spoken one and the written one is secondary. A word is in the first place a sequence of sounds, and only afterwards (if at all) of letters. This word happens to contain two slender consonants between broad vowels, and the way to write this in Irish is by inserting a slender vowel letter on either side. Writing argad would make it look as though the consonants are broad too, which they aren't.

      September 17, 2016


      Poor old Dad reckons he can beat his 17 year old son over 1 mile and bets him 100 euros but loses every time! Try bowls next time Dad !!!!

      October 14, 2016


      Is he betting money every time he has a race with his son? :D

      September 7, 2017


      Caillim airgead nuair a dhéanaim rud ar bith le mo mhacsa.

      July 24, 2017


      Why not ''I lose money when running with my son?''

      February 21, 2015


      It is about "simple presence" vs. "continuous presence". http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/presentcontinuous.html It seems in Gaeilge the continuous presence would need "ag" + basic shape of verb: "Táim ag rith" = "I am running".

      March 14, 2015


      Thank you for your answer. I would agree if running in that instance were in the continuous present, but in the way I used it was in fact an infinitive--hence the confusion. Thanks again.

      March 14, 2015


      "Running" is definitely not the infinitive form of the verb.

      March 19, 2016


      Equally it's certainly not the present continuous as that would require the verb be. It's not just the present but the active participle there, and "running with my son" a participial phrase, not a clause because there is no verb in it. It acts much like an adjective. Using it ties together the losing of money and running with the son and makes it seem like they're related, whereas the way Duolingo puts it makes it seem like they're totally independent of each other. The tendency in Irish to repeat the subject pronoun makes it seem like this relation is the sense that is intended -- that, say, the son is a pickpocket when his father runs.

      June 28, 2019


      As a novice here can I ask if and why 'a' means ' when'

      February 21, 2018


      'Nuair a' means 'when' when 'when' is a relative, as in "I get fat when I eat' . When 'when' is a question word, as in 'When do we eat,' you use 'cathain' or cá huair'.

      February 21, 2018


      Is this sentence just nonsense or can run be taken to mean 'go out and about'? For example, running with your crew.

      April 23, 2019

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      The equivalent idiom in Ireland is "run around with", and it isn't ritheann in Irish.

      April 23, 2019
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