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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
Hai. (')
How are you? 
Kanys t'ou? (?)
Fine, thank you. 
Braew, gura mie ayd. (')
What is your name? 
What is your name? (?)
My name is ______. 
My name is ______ . ( _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
Nice to meet you. (')
Please. 
Cur taitnys da. (')
Thank you. 
Gura mie ayd. (')
You're welcome. 
You're welcome. (')
Yes. 
Ta. (')
No. 
Cha ta. (')
Excuse me. (getting attention
Excuse me. (')
Excuse me. (begging pardon
Gow my leshtal. (')
I'm sorry. 
S'olk lhiam. (')
Goodbye 
Slane. (')
Goodbye (informal
Bai. (')
I can't speak Manx [well]. 
Ta mee loayr yn Gaelg [çhibbyr]. ( [])
Do you speak English? 
Ta shiu loayr yn Baarle? (?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
Is there someone here who speaks English? (?)
Help! 
Help! (!)
Look out! 
Jeeagh! (!)
Good morning. 
Good morning. (')
Good evening. 
Good evening. (')
Good night. 
Good night. (')
Good night (to sleep
Good night. (')
I don't understand. 
I don't understand. (')
Where is the toilet? 
Where is the toilet? (?)

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