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The Daltaí Boards » Archive: 1999-2004 » 2001 (January-June) » Please help with a few words/ phrases « Previous Next »

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Guy (clksvl-c-24-159-53-41.chartertn.net - 24.159.53.41)
Posted on Friday, March 23, 2001 - 03:29 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Dia dhuite
I (with my wife and daughter) have been trying to teach my self gaeilge for some time now and am making some progress thanks mainly to the kind help I have recieved from the people on this site. I am trying to learn the southern / Munster dialect. I recently baught my family a new dog and would like it to learn all of the commands in gaelic, since I am trying to learn it myself. This actually helps me two fold; 1. It almost assures me no else can command my dog (much the way police dogs are trained in German) 2. it will help me by seeing the word and then understanding the pronounciation. Please help!! (with spelling, exact translation and pronounciation please). They should be short phrases or singular words if possible (since dogs recognize sounds not sentances). I have tried myself but am unsure if I used the phrases/words in the right context or if I even came close to the proper pronounciation.

Sit......................suigh síos..............soo shees
Stay ....................stad de.................staw dee
Settle/calm down
leave it/drop it..........????
lay down..................fág uait/leag uaite....??????
get down(off of)..........tar anuas..............tar awnoo-aws
go outside/outside........taobh..................tay-v
potty/go potty............??????
go to the house/house......teach.................taw-kt
wait.......................fanacht...............fawn awkt

I realize it's quite a lot to ask on short notice, but I would greatly apriciate any help.
Thank you
Guy Bishop

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Larry (host62-7-83-28.btinternet.com - 62.7.83.28)
Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2001 - 03:51 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Guy, a chara

Whilst I agree that dogs recognise sounds and not sentences, I'd go a step further and say that they recognise single syllable words much more readily than they do multi syllable commands (incidentally, my police dog was trained to recognise English words, not German).

My point really is that you would probably find it easier to train a dog to obey a command to "wait", for example, by using "fan" rather than "fanacht" and "sit" by using "suigh" rather than "suigh sios"

Larry.

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guy (clksvl-c-24-159-53-41.chartertn.net - 24.159.53.41)
Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2001 - 07:30 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Thank you for your help. While I agree that the smaller words would be best for the dog I would like to make sure that they are contextually correct, this is vey important to me. This is something at my level of learning I can not do. I would hate to find out down the road, after it's too late to change, that I did it all wrong or prounounced it so that it takes on another meaning. This is a learning tool for me as well. Any help I could get on the spelling, translation and pronounciation these words I would greatly appreciate, and I do need the help.

Guy Bishop

PS Larry, thanks for the tid bit of info. I just assumed that all police dog training was uniform. I guess in retrospect that doesnt make much sense. You know what they say about assume. Thanks again for the help

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