"I open the book."
Translation:Osclaíonn mé an leabhar.
I'm also confused about this. I thought 'osclaím' (and not 'osclaíonn mé') was the only correct answer, and that that was supposed to be the pattern for these types of verbs.
Edit: One of my housemates from Connemara says it's okay to say 'Osclaíonn mé' and that you could say it to be emphatic. I will ask my other housemate when I get the chance as she is a native Irish speaker.
I've checked some textbooks that focus on Ulster Irish, and I've looked at course material created by/for the Northern Ireland school curriculum, and they all use the synthetic forms for the 1st person singular in the present tense, and none of the other textbooks that discuss differences between the dialects have any mention of analytic 1st person singular present tense forms as a feature of Ulster Irish.
tá mé is the only documented use that I can find of the analytic form of the 1st person singular in the present tense. I'm not saying that it's never used with other verbs, but I can't find examples from sources that I can trust to know what they're talking about.
The further I go with this the more confused I get. So is it osclaíonn mé or osclaím or neither and how am I supposed to know which to learn or which is right to use?
This is happening with greater frequency as I go down the tree. I get that there's different dialects but it's starting to feel like doing an English course that sometimes is Geordie, sometimes Scouse, sometimes Brummie, sometimes Manc, occasionally BBC; but never gives a clue that you're learning something that's specific to only a small minority group of speakers.
It's getting frustrating to the real point of giving up once and for all. I'm Irish and an Irish Citizen and live 25% of my time in Ireland, but not near where Irish is ever spoken and TG4 is just a wall of sound to me, but want to support the language, but this sort of stuff is way past funny now.
Is there a language course that sticks to just one accepted version of the language. I'll learn that, then learn the dialects as I need them, but I need to learn just one and only one version to begin with, I'm drowning in variations I might never need or use and I'm sick of it.
You mentioned TG4 - I had never heard of it until you made that comment.
I started watching a TG4 show called “Ar Sceal” a little while ago. Although I’ll freely admit that I only understood a word about every 10 sentences, I loved hearing the Irish language spoken so clearly - almost slowly enough for me to understand more.
I’ve watched a few shows on RTE, but everything I’ve seen was in English - really wanted to hear Irish spoken in conversation, so that was a bit of a let-down.
Sooooo....all that to say this: THANK YOU for mentioning TG4. I don’t care that it’s geared toward kids, since I know less Irish than an Irish toddler. It will help me learn more!! :)
I've been torturing my family with Irish language programmes on TG4 also. Pity I'm still at the level of 18 month olds, all the kids programmes are getting a bit annoying. I watch it with the English subtitles on, as that taught me Dutch, so I guess I can replicate at least part of the success. But yeah, dialects are a nightmare, apparently. Weirdly, I was watching some programme on RTÉ Player this morning, where people speaking in Irish were complaining to each other, in Irish, how they can barely understand people from this or that part of the country. Bizarrely, I found this strangely comforting. Another thing that's becoming increasingly obvious is most Irish speakers actually speak, ehm... Gaelic pidgin, I suppose?