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 Post subject: An Irish Phone Call
PostPosted: Fri 29 Jan 2021 3:51 pm 
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Just realized I'm not sure how to answer/make a phone call in Irish.
So, in English, a phone call might go like the following:

(Paul makes a phone call trying to get in touch with Saoirse)
(The phone rings, and is answered by Kate)
"Hello"
"Yes, hello. Is Saoirse there?"
"Yes, she is. Who is this?"
"Paul. Is this Kate?"
"Oh, hello, Paul. Yes, it's me, Kate. Let me go get Saoirse"

How would the above translate into Irish? I don't necessarily care about a literal, word for word translation.
Thanks, all.


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 Post subject: Re: An Irish Phone Call
PostPosted: Fri 29 Jan 2021 11:10 pm 
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Hi Paul I'll give it a go but Im still learning. This is the Ulster dialect.

- Hallo
- Hallo ; an bhfuil Saoirse anseo ?
- Tá ; che seo ?
- is mise Paul ; an bhfuil tusa fein Kate ?
- oh , cad é mar atá tú a phaul ; Tá ; mise Kate ;
- fan bomaite (wait a minute); hmm now im stuck you dont say 'let me go and get....' in Irish !!! one moment while I put my thinking cap on !!!

[PAUSE]

Ok this isnt literal - you would call to Saorise like this or go and see her whereever she is in the house.

A Shaorise , Paul ar an fóin. Saorise , Paul is on the phone.

Sláinte !!


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 Post subject: Re: An Irish Phone Call
PostPosted: Fri 29 Jan 2021 11:23 pm 
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also you would generally answer the phone with:

- hallo, kate anseo ; hello its Kate here


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 Post subject: Re: An Irish Phone Call
PostPosted: Fri 29 Jan 2021 11:40 pm 
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which means you wouldnt need to ask if its Kate because she has already told you that it is she !!!! :)

Have to rush out now . Have a nice day ! Steve


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 Post subject: Re: An Irish Phone Call
PostPosted: Sat 30 Jan 2021 12:52 am 
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Vitaee wrote:
Just realized I'm not sure how to answer/make a phone call in Irish.
So, in English, a phone call might go like the following:

(Paul makes a phone call trying to get in touch with Saoirse)
(The phone rings, and is answered by Kate)
"Hello"
"Yes, hello. Is Saoirse there?"
"Yes, she is. Who is this?"
"Paul. Is this Kate?"
"Oh, hello, Paul. Yes, it's me, Kate. Let me go get Saoirse"

How would the above translate into Irish? I don't necessarily care about a literal, word for word translation.
Thanks, all.


Personally I answer the phone with "haló" when it's somebody I don't know well or a stranger. And "haigha" (hiya) when I know the person. But that's just me, it's not a rule :D

"Hello" Haló
"Yes, hello. Is Saoirse there?" [no need for the second hello] An bhfuil Saoirse ansin?
"Yes, she is. Who is this?" Tá. Cé thú féin?
"Paul. Is this Kate?" Is mise Paul. An tusa Kate?
"Oh, hello, Paul. Yes, it's me, Kate. Let me go get Saoirse" Ah, * Dia dhuit a Phaul. Sea, is mise Kate. Gheobhaidh mé Saoirse dhuit.


*As this second hello is more of a greeting you might prefer to say "Dia dhuit", but you can say "haló" too.


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 Post subject: Re: An Irish Phone Call
PostPosted: Sun 31 Jan 2021 7:23 pm 
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I thought I'd close this off with some phone call material from the Now You're Talkin course on Ulster Irish. This is a great way to learn through thinking through real life situations and what you would say and how you would respond to what they say !

- hallo or maybe its haló - like Bríd uses below for Connaught
- Tá aintín Nora ar a fón- Aunty Nora is on the phone
- Seo Caitlin anseo - Caitlin answering the phone
- An bhfuil Susan abhaile ? Is Susan at home

- Hálo an bhfuil Susan abhaile ? (note abhaile - in the home already)
- Níl sé anseo. Che seo ? (she isnt here - who is this)
- mise Micheal (its Micheal)
—An ndéarfaidh tú léi scairt a chur orm? will you tell her to call me ? lit. will you tell her phone call to put on me
- Níl mé ach ag magadh. but I was only joking ! this is the Irish sense of humour - lit is not me but joking !
- Déarfaidh, cinnte. I will surely

Sláinte


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 Post subject: Re: An Irish Phone Call
PostPosted: Sun 31 Jan 2021 8:34 pm 
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Ssalzano wrote:
.... Níl sé anseo. Che seo ? (she isnt here - who is this)...


Hi Ssalzano, I think you may have a spelling mistake there with Che seo

it would be -
Cé hé seo? - Who is this? (if talking to a man)
é or in this case means he or it (if the it is masculine)

Here are a few more for Vitaee to chew on.

Cé hé sin - Who is that?

í/ means she or it (if it is feminine)
Cé hí seo (if talking to a woman) - Who is this?

If like me you get annoyed when people call me up on my phone and then ask 'Who is this/Who is that?
I like to reply with - Cé tusa!? - Who are you!?

You can also respond in the same way Yu Ming did (doing his Robert De Niro impression :D
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hql4qOFkuYs


Gaeilge Abú a chairde.

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 Post subject: Re: An Irish Phone Call
PostPosted: Sun 31 Jan 2021 9:51 pm 
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Thanks all for the responses.
Now if I can just convince a beautiful Irish lady to call me, I know how to answer. :D


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 Post subject: Re: An Irish Phone Call
PostPosted: Thu 18 Feb 2021 7:15 am 
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Vitaee wrote:
Thanks all for the responses.
Now if I can just convince a beautiful Irish lady to call me, I know how to answer. :D


OK, a Bhríd. Tabhair d’uimhir dó. :aingeal:


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 Post subject: Re: An Irish Phone Call
PostPosted: Fri 19 Feb 2021 5:36 pm 
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tiomluasocein wrote:
Vitaee wrote:
Thanks all for the responses.
Now if I can just convince a beautiful Irish lady to call me, I know how to answer. :D


OK, a Bhríd. Tabhair d’uimhir dó. :aingeal:


:rofl:


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