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Manx Gaelic phrasebook

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Manx Gaelic (Manx Gaelic: Gaelg) Is the main language of the Isle of Man. It evolved from Primitive Irish, along with the other Celtic languages. Its closest relatives are Irish Gaelic and Scots Gaelic. All children on the Isle of Man learn it in primary and secondary school, and some grow up bilingual. There is also a small number of native speakers as well.

Pronunciation guide

Manx Gaelic is a very phonetic language, meaning that words are spoken the way they are spelt. Certain letters are sometimes interchangeable.

Vowels

a â 
(Short) Like "a" in "cat", (with circumflex) like "a" in "pale".
e ê 
Like "e" in "bed", (with circumflex) like "ea" in "fear".
i î 
Like "i" in "pin".
o ô 
Like "o" in "hot", (with circumflex) like "oa" in "moat".
Like "a" in "cat" or "o" in "hot".
Like "u" in "put".
Like "u" in "hut" or "i" in "bird". The word y is pronounced like the "e" in "bed".

Consonants

Like "b" in "bat".
Like "c" in "cat".
ch 
Like "ch" in "bach".
Like "d" in "door".
Like "f" in "feet".
Like "g" in "get".
Like "h" in "hot".
Like "l" in "late".
Like "m" in "mud".
Like "n" in "no".
Like "p" in "park".
ph 
Like "ph" in "philosopher".
Like "r" in "run" but slightly trilled.
Like "s" in "sat".
Like "t" in "trip".

Common digraphs

aa, ea, ai 
Like "ea" in "fear".
ae, oi 
Like "i" in "pin".
au, aw, ou, ow 
Like "oo" in "food".
ay, ei 
Like "e" in "bed".
ee, iy 
Like "ee" in "feet".
eo 
Like "ayo" in "mayonaise".
eu, iu, ew, iw 
Like "you".
ia 
Like "ia" in "victoria".
ie 
Like "igh" in "high".
io 
Like "yo" in "yoke".
oa, ua, wa 
Like "wha" in "whack".
oe 
Like "owe" in "mower".
oh 
Like "oo" in "door".
oo 
Like "oo" in "food".
ui, wi 
Like "wi" in "with".
çh 
Like "ch" in "cheese".
gh 
Like "ch" in "bach".
lh, ll 
Like "lj" in "ljubljana".
qu 
Like "c" in "cat".
rr 
Like "r" in "run" but slightly trilled.
sh 
Like "sh" in "she".
ss 
Like "ss" in "likeness".
th 
Like "t" in "trip".

Common trigraphs

aie, eie, eue, oie 
Like "ea" in "yeah".
aue, iwe, oue 
Like "we" in "wet".
eau, eoi 
Like "ai" in "air".
iau 
Like "oo" in "food".
ieu, iou 
Like "yew".
uiy 
Like "we".
woa 
Like "wha" in "whack".
çh 
Like "ch" in "cheese".
gh, ght 
Like "ch" in "bach".

Common tetragraphs

iooa 
Like "You what?" without the "t".

Phrase list

Basics

Common signs

OPEN 
Foshlit
CLOSED 
Jeight
ENTRANCE 
Entreilys
EXIT 
Dorrys magh
PUSH 
Snugg-jee
PULL 
Snapper-jee
TOILET 
Jeshaghey
MEN 
Fir
WOMEN 
Mraane
FORBIDDEN 
Neulhiggit


Hello. 
Hoi. (')
Hello. (informal
Hi. (HIGH)
How are you? 
How are you? (HOW ah YOO?)
Fine, thank you. 
Fine, thank you. (FIGHN, then KYOO)
What is your name? 
What is your name? (WUT iz yer NAYM?)
My name is ______ . 
My name is ______ . (Migh NAYM iz _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
Nice to meet you. (NIGHSS t' meet YOO)
Please. 
Please. (pleez)
Thank you. 
Thank you. (THANK yoo)
You're welcome. 
You're welcome. (yuhr WEL-kuhm)
Yes. 
Yes. (YESS)
No. 
No. (NOH)
Excuse me. (getting attention
Excuse me. (ehkz-KYOOZ mee)
Excuse me. (begging pardon
Excuse me. (ehkz-KYOOZ mee)
I'm sorry. 
I'm sorry. (IGHM SAW-ree)
Goodbye 
Goodbye. (GUHD-bigh.)
Goodbye (informal
Bye. (BIGH)
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
I can't speak English [well]. (IGH cant speek ING-lush [wehl])
Do you speak English? 
Do you speak English? (doo YOO speek ING-lush?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
Is there someone here who speaks English? (IZ thayr SUM-wun heer hoo speekz ING-lush?)
Help! 
Help! (HEHLP!)
Look out! 
Look out! (look OWT!)
Good morning. 
Good morning. (guhd MOAN-ing)
Good evening. 
Good evening. (guhd EEV-ning)
Good night. 
Good night. (guhd NIGHT)
Good night (to sleep
Good night. (good NIGHT)
I don't understand. 
I don't understand. (IGH doan UHN-dur-STAND)
Where is the toilet? 
Where is the toilet? (WAYR iz thuh TOY-leht?)

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