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Mike Dolphin
Posted on Saturday, December 11, 1999 - 04:00 am:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

I can't seem to find a translating dictionary here in Canada. Oh, by the way, if it wasn't for the Romans 75% of Europe would be speaking Gaelic today. Is it true that Breton is the only Gaelic language left on Continental Europe?

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Seosamh
Posted on Saturday, December 11, 1999 - 05:36 pm:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

Superstores like Borders and Barnes & Noble should have the Collins or Oxford dictionaries. The Foclóir Póca is probably better. The standard dictionaries are the Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla (Ó Dónaill) and the English-Irish Dictionary, edited by Tomás de Bhaldraithe.

Most bookstores should be able to order them for you. Otherwise, you can order from the US. The Irish Bookshop in New York (1-212-274-1923) or Irish Books & Media can help you.

Breton is the only Celtic language left on the continent of Europe. It is one of the Brythonic or P-Celtic languages. Only the other branch of the Celtic languages, the Q-Celtic ones, can be referred to as 'Gaelic'.

Breton, by the way, is not a survival of continental Celtic. It was brought to Northwestern France by waves of refugees from Britain fleeing the invasion of the Angles and Saxons, although some people think they were more likely fleeing Irish incursions from the west. Irish-language Ogham inscriptions on standing stones were erected during that epoc across Cornwall and much of southern Wales and England as signs of who was claiming to be in charge.

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brian
Posted on Sunday, December 12, 1999 - 11:20 am:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

vocb about my self

vocab about my area, school, sport

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Mise (1cust19.tnt11.nyc3.da.uu.net - 63.23.134.19)
Posted on Friday, December 17, 1999 - 08:26 pm:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

A Bhriain,

'S é an Beginner's Irish Dictionary an ceann duitse, is dócha. That's probably the one for you. It's published by a company in England. Each couple of pages has a picture showing a house, a playing field, a downtown, etc. Each item in the picture is labeled with its name in Irish. It's a fun way to learn areas of vocabulary in everyday life. There are other ones of that type too.

There used to be a good little book called Síolta (Seeds) that gave vocabulary items, including the idioms and the all important verbs, about every area of life. There might be something like that in print -- this type of thing is usually directed at Irish schoolchildren. Maybe someone in Ireland with children knows a title for you. Then if you're in North America, call a place like the Irish Bookshop in New York and ask if it can be ordered.

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