May 18, 2013 | Irish
Some Irish Words Look Familiar
But most don't!
Studying Irish is nowhere near as easy as studying Spanish or French or Italian.
I Have Been Using the Google Translate App on My iPhone, a Lot
Besides the very different grammar, there simply aren’t that many words that look familiar.
Some do, though. They include:
- mother: máthair
- father: athair (well, sort of familiar)
- uncle: uncail
- aunt: auntín
But this is daughter: iníon. That makes me think of onions.
Also, son (mac), brother (deartháir), and sister (deirfiúr) do not resemble anything I’ve seen before, at least not that I can remember right now.
Fortunately, one can count on a few familiar faces. “Car,” for example, is carr!