Wednesday, March 18, 2009

It Was Fun Tweeting in Irish

When @antsiogghlas suggested I tweet in Irish for St. Patrick's Day, I was excited to accept the challenge but still thought it was a challenge.  I had been (and am almost done with) learning the Irish language through the Pimsleur method.  Now I could speak choice conversational phrases, but being literate was a problem.  Fortunately, I found a transcript of the Pimsleur course at a website of Gaeilge language enthusiasts.  Apparently, Pimsleur teaches the Munster dialect of Irish, so that the phrase "ana-mhaith" (very well) is pronounced somewhat like "ah-nah-vah."  Anyway, the transcript (as well as other resources found through Google) helped me tweet in Irish yesterday.  I tweeted the following:

Is maith liom Guinness.
I think that expressed my fondness of Guinness.

Fíon, beoir (3:26:15).
Wine, beer, and the time I left off on Pimsleur.

Ba mhaith liom rud éigin a ól.
I would like to drink something.

@THE_REAL_SHAQ Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona, Mr. O'Neal! :-)
I wished Shaq a Happy St. Paddy's Day.  He is, after all, an O'Neal.  And I'm a Ryan, by the way.

Is Éireannach inniu leis Uachtarán Baragh Hugh Sein O'Bama. :-)
This is my broken Irish way of stating that President Obama is also Irish on St. Paddy's.

Breithlá shona duit, Liam Phádraig Corrigan!
St. Paddy's is Billy Corgan's birthday (hence the middle name Patrick).  I don't know if there's a special Irish spelling of William (like Guillermo in Spanish), so I chose to write Liam instead because it looks regional.  I also posted a similar Irish language greeting on the official Smashing Pumpkins forum:
Breithlá shona duit, Liam Pádraig Corrigan! :-)

I even gave my name a more authentic feel, spelling-wise.

Ar mhaith leat beoir?
Would you like a beer?

@DeRamos Ba mhaith. Ba mhaith liom beoir.
I answered to myself that yes, I would like a beer.

Ceart go leor!
It sounds almost like "Cat Galore!" and it means "all right" or "okay."

Tá a fhios agam.
I know.

Go raibh maith agat.
Thank you!  It sounds almost like "gar-a-maggot," but it definitely doesn't look like what it sounds, at least to my English-speaking eyes.

I just ate a corned beef brisket and cabbage sandwich, and I'm on my second Guinness, so St. Paddy's still on!

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