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The Daltaí Boards » Archive: 1999-2004 » 2003 (July-December) » Translation Please - for a kiwi from New Zealand « Previous Next »

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kiwi (210.54.249.122 - 210.54.249.122)
Posted on Monday, October 13, 2003 - 10:20 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Hi there, my parents have a beautiful piece of bushland which they are preparing to live on self sufficiently. They want to give their new home the name of MYSTICAL DREAMING or MYSTICAL DREAMS in Irish Gaelic as Irish is part of my Mother¹s heritage. Can you please help us as­ I have tried to find such a translation on the internet, but to no avail.

Also, if you can help with a translation, we would also like the correct pronunciation for the words so that we know we will be saying it correctly.

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Aonghus (62.77.191.130 - 62.77.191.130)
Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 07:37 am:   Edit Post Print Post

There are several words for dream in Irish.

The one best suited to your purpose is "Aisling" a vision

Not sure on mystical, I'd tend to leave it as "Aisling" which is fairly easy to pronounce.

I'll check a dictionary later for possible translations of mystical,

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Aonghus (62.77.191.130 - 62.77.191.130)
Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - 06:45 am:   Edit Post Print Post

The dictionary gives mistiúl for mystical, but I prefer diamhair "mysterious"

Aisling diamhair - a mysterious vision

Ag Aisling go diamhair - having mysterious visions

I'd go for the first version myself.

Hopefully someone else will weigh in with a pronunciation. I speak the language, and I just can't get the hang of using english to express pronunciation. Not to mention the fact thar english as spoken in Ireland sounds different to English as spoken in NZ.....

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Tomás (198.22.236.230 - 198.22.236.230)
Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2003 - 11:28 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Aonghus is right. English approximations are always a dangerous thing, given our different pronunciations, but this from a Yank. Capitals indicate stressed syllable:

ASH-ling DJEE-uh-wirr.

-- Toma/s

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