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The Daltaí Boards » Archive: 1999-2004 » 2002 (July-December) » Cén Ghaeilge atá ar "wife"? « Previous Next »

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James (209.48.182.219)
Posted on Sunday, November 17, 2002 - 07:59 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

My dictionary says "bean" and in parentheses it says "chéile." When I was visiting An Daingean I lost my wife in a shop (I know--me and 1,000 other guys)so I took advantage of the opportunity to learn another phrase, namely "Cá bhfuil mo bhean?" The shop keeper said it didn't sound right to her. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Le meas,

James

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Seosaimhín Nic Rabhartaigh (cache-rk07.proxy.aol.com - 152.163.189.71)
Posted on Monday, November 18, 2002 - 02:59 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

James, a chara,
"bean" translates as "woman"
but "bean chéile" is "wife" and "fear céile" is "husband", from "céile" meaning "companion".
Ba chóir go ndeirfeadh tú "Cá bhfuil mo bhean chéile?" nuair atá sí caillte agat!
(It would be better for you to say "Cá bhfuil mo bhean chéile?" when you've lost her!)
Tá cuma Jerry Springer ar "Cá bhfuil mo bhean?"
It smacks of Jerry Springer to say "Where's my woman?"

One can also just use "mo chéile" to talk about one's spouse.
Mar shampla: "Tá mé anseo le mo chéile!" (I'm here with my spouse)
It will be understood that if you are a man, your "chéile" is a woman and vice versa. However, it has just occured to me that this may/may not be true for the times we live in, so maybe it is better to specify.

Tá súil agam gur chuidigh an méid seo leat!
I hope that this much (amount) helped you!

Slán go fóill,
Seosaimhín

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Mick (sdn-ap-022njpennp0347.dialsprint.net - 65.178.33.93)
Posted on Wednesday, December 04, 2002 - 06:54 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Wouldn't it make more sense to ask "Have you seen my wife?"
Would that read "Feis tu mo bhean cheile?" No, I have the tense wrong, I think.

Slan agat.
Mick

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Mick (sdn-ap-022njpennp0347.dialsprint.net - 65.178.33.93)
Posted on Wednesday, December 04, 2002 - 06:56 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Ooo, a spelling error on my part.

Would it read "Feic tu mo bhean cheile?"

Mick

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Aonghus (mercury.captec.ie - 193.120.237.66)
Posted on Thursday, December 05, 2002 - 05:03 am:   Edit Post Print Post

An bhfaca tú mo bhean ceile?

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James (209.48.182.219)
Posted on Thursday, December 05, 2002 - 12:32 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

A Ahongus (not sure about the vocative with your name),

Bhean ceile or Bhean Cheile?

Le meas,

James

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Dennis (12-228-16-237.client.attbi.com - 12.228.16.237)
Posted on Thursday, December 05, 2002 - 03:49 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

fear céile - fear mór
bean chéile - bean mhór

Séimhítear "céile" ar nós aidiacht.

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Aonghus (mercury.captec.ie - 193.120.237.66)
Posted on Friday, December 06, 2002 - 06:01 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Mea culpa.
Is maith ann thú, Dennis

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