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"Is mná muid."

Translation:We are women.

July 31, 2015



Usually m'naw but some pronounce it m'raw. I forget which part of the country does that.


how is 'mná' pronounced? (in IPA le do thoil)


Can't do IPA on my phone, unfortunately. Most of the time I've heard "mraw/mrah" and, in searching a while i found that some people say "m'noo". I'm far from fluent, though, so I can only say what I've heard. I downloaded an app "How to Say: Pronunciation App" and teanglann.ie really helps.


Its always pronounced m-naw where I come from


I pronounce it like m'naw but yeah it's pronounced different around Ireland.


I would love to know how "bean" becomes "mná" in the plural, and why the "n" in just this one word (so far) is pronounced like an r in some dialects.


Bean has the most irregular declension of any Irish noun, as it preserves a lot of historical weirdness. In Proto-Celtic the (nominative) singular is reconstructed as *benā but because of weird historical reasons the first syllable gets deleted in most other forms like the nominative plural which is thought to have been *bnās. During the transition into Old Irish the endings were dropped and the "b" in *bnās turned into an "m", yielding mná.

As for why the "n" is pronounced like an "r" this occurs wherever "n" follows a consonant except for s in all dialects save for Munster and the Aran Islands. This change must have happened along time ago, as it also occurred in Scottish Gaelic and Manx and there's evidence of its former presence in parts of Ireland that have long been English-speaking.


I love etymology, have a lingot.


That's very cool, thank you!


Someone has posted an explanation for mná in one of these threads.

If you find an exercise with cnoc in it, you'll find that the r is not an isolated example.

My favourite example of this is cniotáil.


On my phone, the woman sounds like she is saying "mud."


Why is it not 'sinn' instead of 'muid'?


Thought she was saying 'ráib'. Didn't realise it was mná

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