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.
- dà 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!