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Hungry like a madadh-allaidh

June 17, 2016

Some very hungry people today!

  • Tha an leanabh aig a tì.  (ha ahn LYEN-uv ek a tee) The child is at tea.
  • Tha a’ chlann aig a suipeir. (ha ah chlown ek a SEEEP-ed*) The children are at supper.
  • A bheil an tidsear aig a tì?  (Ah vale ahn TEED-ched* ek a tee?) Is the teacher at tea?
  • Chan eil iad aig an lòn.  (CHahn yell EE-et ek ahn lohn**)

*I’ve given the phonetics a bit differently today to try to capture that the EEEE sound is rather longer than an English ee, and the rolled R really comes out sounding much like ed anyway.

** For lòn, imagine an O sound somewhere between loan and lawn.

As long as we’re talking food, now’s a good time to review some things we might eat:

From I eat….

  • Tha mi ag ithe caise dearg.  I eat red cheese.
  • Tha thu ag ithe brot teth.  You eat hot soup.
  • Tha sinn ag ithe aran donn.  We eat brown bread.
  • Tha i ag ithe iasg blasta.  She eats tasty fish.
  • Tha e ag ithe ubhal bheag.  He eats a small apple.


  • Tha sinn ag ithe aran teth.  We eat hot bread.
  • Tha e ag ithe ubhal dhearg.  He eats a red apple.
  • Tha i ag ithe brot blasta.  She eats tasty soup.
  • Tha thu ag ithe iasg beag.  You eat a small fish.
  • Tha mi ag ithe caise donn.  I eat brown cheese.

How about:

  • Tha e ag ithe ubhal bhlasta.  He eats a tasty apple.
  • Tha mi ag ithe iasg teth.  I eat hot fish.
  • Tha sinn ag ithe brot  dearg.   We eat red soup.
  • Tha thu ag ithe caise beag.  I eat a little cheese.

A couple of new words: ugh, iad.

  • Tha mi ag ithe ugh.  (tha me a geek-chuh oo) I eat an egg.
  • Tha i ag ithe ugh.  (tha ee a geek-chuh oo) She eats an egg.
  • Tha iad ag ithe ugh.  (tha ee-it a geek-chuh oo) They eat an egg.

Tha an t-acras orm a-nis!  

(ha ahn TAH-kris OR-im uh-NISH!)  I am hungry now!

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