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The Daltaí Boards » Archive: 1999-2004 » 2004 (October-December) » Archive through December 27, 2004 » Friend « Previous Next »

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elisabethhunt (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 02:27 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

How do you say "friend" in Irish?

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Akidd
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Posted on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 02:43 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

cara / chairde

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Posted on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 03:00 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Cara - friend
Cairde - friends

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Akidd
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Posted on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 04:37 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

or CARA (brand of a very common irish product)

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Posted on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 03:53 am:   Edit Post Print Post

And also a very common girls name!

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Aonghus
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Post Number: 634
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Posted on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 04:09 am:   Edit Post Print Post

But not in Ireland! (As a girl's name that is)

Friend is cara, pl cairde.

If you are adressing a friend it becomes vocative

a chara

A Eibhlín, a chara

My friend(s) Mo chara, mo chairde
Your(sing) friend(s) Do chara, do chairde
His friend(s) a chara, a chairde
Her friend(s) a cara, a cairde
Our friend(s) ár gcara, ár gcairde
Your(pl) friends bhur gcara, bhur gcairde
Their friend(s) a gcara, a gcairde

Often used in the sense of Dear Sir/Madam to start a letter

Not used in the sense of girl/boyfriend


(Message edited by aonghus on December 17, 2004)

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Fear_na_mbróg
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Post Number: 331
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Posted on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 04:39 am:   Edit Post Print Post

When you pick a noun in Irish, like "friend", you'll see 4 forms of it:

Singular:
Is maith liom an cara [cara]

Plural:
Is maith liom na cairde [cairde]

Singular possessive:
Is maith liom ainm an charad [carad]

Plural possessive:
Is maith liom ainmneacha na gcairde [cairde]

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Posted on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 05:52 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Who says 'cara' isn't a common name in Ireland? Maybe not in your generation but I had six 'Cara's in my school when I was there. (and a few around Dublin where I lived)That's common enough in my book!

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Aonghus
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Posted on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 06:45 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Fair enough. But in 30+ years I have yet to meet/hear of a "Cara" in Ireland, other than the matches and Aer Lingus' inflight magazine.

I assumed it was one of those American names like Erin, Shannon, Coleen, etc that never really made it here.



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