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" ag snámh go dtí na Stáit Aontaithe."

Translation:He is swimming to the United States.

April 28, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mjkuecker1965

Tá sé ag dul go mór é. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PookaGar

Obnoxious American question: "USA" is not accepted here, which is a common default abbreviation. Is "Stáit Aontaithe" used for the full name of other countries with "United States" in their name (e.g. Mexico), which would make this Irish phrase ambiguous on its own?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Knocksedan

I'd say that "the US" is probably a more widely used abbreviation than "the USA" in Ireland, and people would only say "the United States of America" if they were trying to be formal - in fact "the States" would probably be more widely used than the full title.

My guess is that very few people in Ireland would even be aware of "the United States of Mexico".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/scilling

They’re really the “United Mexican States” (Estados Unidos Mexicanos).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PookaGar

...and probably even fewer over here. ;P


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/David870992

Jesus I'd love a pack of Taytos now


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dmurray654

USA is definitely a common abbreviation worldwide


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Knocksedan

USA is an acronym for the United States of America, which isn't the phrase that was used in this exercise. na Stáit Aontaithe is the United States - i.e. the US, not the USA.

(On a side note, the acronym for The United States of America in Irish is SAM - Stáit Aontaithe Mheiriceá)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotTurtle

they must be referring to a male sea turtle! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Knocksedan

Not unless the sea turtle is called Michael Fassbender.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LaylaKnowe

"I'll swim! No wall's gonna keep me out


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LinguDemo

That's one hell of a swim!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/torowan

Ó Semiahmoo Bay BC go dtí Semiahmoo Bay Washington ... saves talking to the officials at the highway border crossing!

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