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April 18, 2011

Counting!  Yes, I’m going back to some basics now.  Below is the way you say numbers when you are actually counting.

  • a h-aon  (ah hoon) one
  • a dhà   (ah ghaa) two
  • a trì   (ah tree) three
  • a ceithir  (ah KAY-heer) four
  • a còig  (ah KOY-ik) five
  • a sia   (ah SHEE-uh) six
  • a seachd  (ah shechd) seven
  • a h-ochd  (ah HAWchd)  eight
  • a naoi   (ah NOO-ih)  nine
  • a deich   (a jayk)  hmmm, what could it be?  TEN!

Don’t forget to roll your R’s!

When using numbers, i.e., three apples, four cars, go six miles, the a is left off the front.  For aon and ochd, the h- is also left off. 

There are instances where dhà is dà:

  • dhà is free-standing.  Tha dhà agam.  (Ha ghaa AH-kum.)  I have two.
  •  is used before nouns.  Tha dà thaigh agam.  (Ha daa high AH-kum.)  I have two houses.

And there’s that pesky lenition again!  Notice thaigh is used for house here instead of taigh?  Well, as I have now given ten words today, not a word, I’m going to stop there, and, taking a cue from Scarlet, we’ll think about lenition….a-màireach. 

In the meantime, if you’d like to listen to the numbers pronounced, go to Scottish Radiance.

And what’s a day without a little linguistic humor?  What do you call four threes?  A small forest.  (This makes a whole lot more sense when you hear it directly from an Irishman who will pronounce it: What do you call four trees?)  Tomorrow: a little musical-linguistic humor.  I promise, to the classical musicians out there, it will be hilarious!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Renea permalink
    April 18, 2011 2:58 pm

    LOL! ‘S toigh leem 🙂

    Thanks for clarifying the dha/da confusion I have been having.



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