An Irish word without an exact English equivalent, bothántaíocht is the practice of calling on all your neighbours just to catch up on all the gossip.
Sabhsaí is someone who works outside no matter how bad the weather is.
This word also translates to ‘joy, bliss or happiness’, but is mostly used to say ‘welcome’.
Vowels can be short or long. In writing, long vowels are marked with an acute accent (known in Irish as síneadh fada or simply fada ‘long mark’), e.g., í, é, á, ú, ó. Vowel /ə/ occurs only in unstressed syllables.
There are five diphthongs: /au, ai, ei, uə, iə/. Some dialects have additional diphthongs.
Consonants can be broad or slender. During the articulation of the sound, broad consonants are pronounced with the back of the tongue pulled back and slightly up towards the soft palate. Slender (palatalized) consonants are pronounced with the tongue pushed up toward the hard palate.
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