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Contrast pronoun practice – translate:
(Please note I'm using the convention of boldface to indicate vocal stress, which can be an indicator that a contrast pronoun is appropriate.)

  1. We are here but they are not here.
  2. You are polite but she is impolite.
  3. Are you (sg.) ready? No, but he is ready.
  4. You understand him but you don’t understand her.

Then I showed y'all a bunch of pictures to get you thinking about the emotion and illness vocabulary we've been working on.


We spent a few minutes talking about the differences between saying "Gabh mo leithscéal," "Tá brón orm," and "Tá aiféala orm."

We still weren't ready to review answers for exercises B4-8 on the “Emotions and illnesses” handout, so please work on that for next time....But we did go ahead and go through the answers to the exercises on the “Adjectives and nouns” sheet from last time.

We reminded ourselves about subordinate clauses! Those are the ones that start out with "go bhfuil" and "nach bhfuil," and we can use our emotion vocabulary with them like so:

Tá áthas orm nach bhfuil sé ag cur sneachta inniu, "I'm happy that it's not snowing today."

I handed out a sheet with some more details on subordinate clauses and some exercises for you to do for next week.

Finally, we raced through PI 6. We're so close to getting a serious verb infusion, folks!

Obair bhaile:

Previous Class (February 26) {Back to Top}(back to top)


Pronunciation practice: Is fearr go mall ná go brách. "Better late than never."

I also gave you a poem-style seanfhocal about the four winds (North, South, etc) and the weather they bring, in honor of the huge arctic weather system moving through Europe at present.


I've mentioned my consternation that Duolingo will occasionally ask for some fairly advanced stuff but then will totally ignore something I think is basic, specifically the contrast forms of pronouns, so I made sure the new folks each got a "pronoun chart" and we got some columns filled in.

Then I had you "fix" a couple examples from Duolingo. Here's one:

Tá sé ramhar ach tá mé tanaí.
Tá seisean ramhar ach tá mise tanaí.

Comparing/contrasting is only one use of the contrast pronouns, but it's pretty approachable for us English speakers, I think, and as such a good place to start getting used to them.

We reviewed our answers from the “Céard atá orm” game from last time, reminding ourselves that ‘ar’ lenites nouns that directly follow it:

Tá slaghdán ar Chiarán.

Then we reviewed about 2/3 of the answers for the exercises on the “Emotions and illnesses” handout. Section B is a little more challenging because it asks you to freestyle an appropriate answer rather than just fill in a blank, so we practiced a bit on #1-3 in small groups, and we'll talk about #4-8 next time.

Another handout! This one was about choosing the right kind of sentence depending on whether you want to use an adjective or a noun.

Obair bhaile:

Exercises on “Adjectives and nouns” sheet

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