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 Post subject: Translating a Song!
PostPosted: Tue 13 Oct 2020 12:23 pm 
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Well lads! I'm currently trying to relearn some Irish and I always learn languages better by translating things and just stumbling through. I just had a go at translating a Gàidhlig song from Brave (A Mhaighdean Bhan Uasal) into Gaeilge. It's only a bit of fun for me so I can sing it at home without butchering the Gàidhlig pronunciations but I would still like it to be understandable to an Irish speaker so I'd love if everyone can have a look? I mainly used the auld online dictionaries for words I don't know! I also took some liberties here and there so if it's not a direct translation that's fine as long as it is correct Irish.

Gàidhlig
A naoidhean bhig, cluinn mo ghuth
Mise ri d' thaobh, Ó mhaighdean bhàn
Ar rìbhinn òg, fàs a’s faic
Do thìr, dìleas fhéin
A ghrian a's a ghealach, stiùir sinn
Gu uair ar cliù 's ar glòir
Naoidhean bhig, ar rìbhinn òg
Mhaighdean uasal bhàn

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Gaeilge
A stór mo chroí, éist le mo ghuth
Tá mise le do thaobh, mo mhaighdean bhán
Ár béasach óg, fás a’s feic
Do thír, dílis féin
A ghrian a’s a ghealach, stiúir sinn
Go uair ár clú ‘s ár glóir
A stór mo chroí, ár béasach óg
Mhaighdean uasal bhán


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 Post subject: Re: Translating a Song!
PostPosted: Tue 13 Oct 2020 4:43 pm 
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JayNím wrote:
Well lads! I'm currently trying to relearn some Irish and I always learn languages better by translating things and just stumbling through. I just had a go at translating a Gàidhlig song from Brave (A Mhaighdean Bhan Uasal) into Gaeilge. It's only a bit of fun for me so I can sing it at home without butchering the Gàidhlig pronunciations but I would still like it to be understandable to an Irish speaker so I'd love if everyone can have a look? I mainly used the auld online dictionaries for words I don't know! I also took some liberties here and there so if it's not a direct translation that's fine as long as it is correct Irish.

Gàidhlig
A naoidhean bhig, cluinn mo ghuth
Mise ri d' thaobh, Ó mhaighdean bhàn
Ar rìbhinn òg, fàs a’s faic
Do thìr, dìleas fhéin
A ghrian a's a ghealach, stiùir sinn
Gu uair ar cliù 's ar glòir
Naoidhean bhig, ar rìbhinn òg
Mhaighdean uasal bhàn

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Gaeilge
A stór mo chroí, éist le mo ghuth
Tá mise le do thaobh, mo mhaighdean bhán
Ár béasach óg, fás a’s feic
Do thír, dílis féin
A ghrian a’s a ghealach, stiúir sinn
Go uair ár clú ‘s ár glóir
A stór mo chroí, ár béasach óg
Mhaighdean uasal bhán


You can leave out in second line in Irish, too. And you can substitute led for le do at least in Munster Irish (for the meter)
"mhaighdean bhán" in second line is a form of address, so vocative particle a instead of mo.
Standard spelling for "a’s" (agus) is is.
Go huair.


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 Post subject: Re: Translating a Song!
PostPosted: Wed 14 Oct 2020 9:31 am 
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Also 'ár mbéasach óg'...'ár gclú'...'ár nglóire'.
(And 'A Mhaighdean' in the final line too.)


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 Post subject: Re: Translating a Song!
PostPosted: Thu 15 Oct 2020 12:52 pm 
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Labhrás wrote:
And you can substitute led for le do at least in Munster Irish (for the meter)


And lem ghuth for le mo ghuth in the first line, to make the syllable count equal.


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 Post subject: Re: Translating a Song!
PostPosted: Sat 24 Oct 2020 9:43 pm 
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Thank you everyone! It was really kind of you to take some time out to help me. I've always struggled with the grammar aspect of Irish as my teachers never taught us anything about it so this gives me some ideas of what to focus on!

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