Dedicated to the Gaelic Language of the Isle of Man
Lessoonyn da Toshiaghteyryn

Beginners Lessons

Lesson 1 - Greetings and Welcome

a. Some simple greetings

Moghrey mie - good morning
Fastyr mie - good afternoon / evening
Failt ort - welcome
Bannaghtyn - blessings / greetings

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b. How are you?

Kys t'ou - How are you doing
Kys t'ou whooinney - How are you doing yessir?

Ta mee braew - I am fine
Ta mee braew gura mie ayd - I'm fine thanks
Ta mee braew gura mie ayd, as uss hene - II'm fine thanks and yourself.

Ta mee skee whooinney - I am tired yessir.

Ta mee mie dy liooar whooinney - I'm well enough yessir.

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c. I don't know you who are you?

Quoi uss? - Who are you?

Mish Terry - I am Terry

Quoi shoh - Who is this?

Shoh my charrey Bob - This is my friend Bob

Shoh my voddey Juan - This is my dog Juan

Cre'n ennym t'ort - What's your name?

Ta'n ennym orrym Graham - My name is Graham

Ta'n ennym orrym Graham as shoh my voddey Terry - My name is Graham and this is my dog Terry.

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Some points to remember

Ennym means name and in Manx what are saying what is the name on you. Orrym = on me; ort = on you.

First letters of words change for a variety of reasons in Manx. So moddey = dog but when we say my dog we say my voddey. M becomes a V. This helps pronunciation. Don't worry too much about this: it is something you pick up gradually.

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