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PostPosted: Sun 26 Apr 2020 10:49 pm 
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First time poster! Grew up in Ireland, now living in the US.

I wanted to send the song Ceol na Gaoithe by Lasairfhíona Ní Chonaola to a friend, but feel like the translation below could use a little polish, but my gaeilge is not strong enough.
https://songsinirish.com/ceol-na-gaoithe-lyrics/

I would love your opinions on it, and any suggested changes.

If you haven't heard the song, she has a beautiful singing voice. the song is embedded in the link above.

Many thanks!


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PostPosted: Mon 27 Apr 2020 3:46 am 
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You're talking about the English translation?

Looks pretty good to me. Quite nice actually.

I'm sure others here will have some comments.


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PostPosted: Mon 27 Apr 2020 11:55 pm 
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Sorry, yes, the English translation!

Would love any other comments on it.

Particularly curious about this phrase:
"Bíogann an saol"

Here are the full lyrics with translation:
Ceol Na Gaoithe/ Song Of The Gale

Gaeilge
Labhraíonn an ghaoth linn
Le fuaim álainn
Éisteann an saol léi

Curfá:
Sinneán na gaoithe
Sinneán na gaoithe
Í ag luascadh tré ghéaga an chrainn

Bandia na gaoithe faoi bhrat na hoíche
Ag beannú dhúinn
Le fuaim shinsearach
Bíogann an saol

(Curfá)

Ceol na gaoithe

(Curfá)

Éiníní
Iad ag ceol leis an ngaoth
Ríocht an aeir
Éisteann an saol
Bíogann an saol
Ceol na gaoithe
Bíogann an saol

English
The wind speaks to us
A beautiful sound
The world listens

Chorus:
Sigh of the wind
Sigh of the wind
Flowing through the branches of the trees

The gale goddess under night's shade
Greet us
With an ancestral sound
The world is ready

(Chorus)

Music of the gale

(Chorus)

Little birds
Chant with the wind
Kingdom of the skies
The world listens
The world is ready
Music of the gale
The world is ready


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PostPosted: Tue 28 Apr 2020 10:43 am 
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mac-thomais wrote:
Sorry, yes, the English translation!

Would love any other comments on it.

Particularly curious about this phrase:
"Bíogann an saol"

Here are the full lyrics with translation:
Ceol Na Gaoithe/ Song Of The Gale

Gaeilge
Labhraíonn an ghaoth linn
Le fuaim álainn
Éisteann an saol léi

Curfá:
Sinneán na gaoithe
Sinneán na gaoithe
Í ag luascadh tré ghéaga an chrainn

Bandia na gaoithe faoi bhrat na hoíche
Ag beannú dhúinn
Le fuaim shinsearach
Bíogann an saol

(Curfá)

Ceol na gaoithe

(Curfá)

Éiníní
Iad ag ceol leis an ngaoth
Ríocht an aeir
Éisteann an saol
Bíogann an saol
Ceol na gaoithe
Bíogann an saol

English
The wind speaks to us
A beautiful sound
The world listens

Chorus:
Sigh of the wind
Sigh of the wind
Flowing through the branches of the trees

The gale goddess under night's shade
Greet us
With an ancestral sound
The world is ready

(Chorus)

Music of the gale

(Chorus)

Little birds
Chant with the wind
Kingdom of the skies
The world listens
The world is ready
Music of the gale
The world is ready



'Bíogann an saol' = ' the world stirs/rouses', so I can see how this becomes ' the world is ready'.

'Gaoth' of course is 'wind' though in a few places it's translated as 'gale' (to no great purpose in my opinion) e.g. 'Bandia na gaoithe' -'The gale goddess' - 'Goddess of the wind'. Not to mention that 'gale' and 'Gael' sound the same - possibly resulting in some ambiguity if read aloud or sung: 'The Gael goddess'!? 'Ceol na gaoithe' - 'Music/song of the Gael'!?

Otherwise it sticks fairly closely to the Irish. I could give you a literal translation if you like so you can compare, but not today.


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PostPosted: Sat 02 May 2020 11:29 pm 
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Thanks Errigal, your thoughts are very helpful!

Errigal wrote:
I could give you a literal translation if you like so you can compare, but not today.


That would be amazing! If you get the chance it would be much appreciated.


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