February 11th, 2008

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Old Irish

Greetings, fellow language enthusiasts!

I am looking for someone with expertise in Old Irish who can give me a translation of a three-word sentence from English into Old Irish.

Over a decade ago, I took a cadged-together class in Modern Irish, so I have just enough remembered knowledge of its grammar to remember translating anything was a dicey proposition, especially for the dabbler (like me). I looked online and found some lexicons of Old Irish and found the basic word roots of the sense in which I believe the phrase needs to be translated -- one a verb, the other a noun -- but I've no clue about the cases/declensions involved, nor the form of definite article which should be.

Any help would be profoundly appreciated!

The phrase is this: Seek the mysteries!

I have a sense that some form of saigh- should be used for "seek" and rúna for "mysteries" in the sense that I am looking at it.
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"salut"

I'm finally in French 101, after a while of on-again, off-again self study.

Today in class our professor told us that the greeting "Salut!," if pronounced the wrong way, means something along the lines of "son of a bitch." What word or phrase did she mean? I don't want to call anybody a son of a bitch (immediately, anyway), but I am curious now and I don't know her well enough to come right out and ask her..

Grand merci!

(also posted in my own journal)
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Onomatopoetic words for rain?

What are your favourite onomatopoetic words for rain in your language?

I noticed some time ago that there are a variety of onomatopoetic words in German for "to rain" which I find very pretty.

Here's the ones I found (and I hope I got the IPA transcription right. Correct me if I got things wrong):

  • Pladdern ['pladɐn], very strong rain, "to rain cats and dogs", fairly big drops,
  • prasseln ['pʁasəln], also strong rain, smaller drops than with "pladdern",
  • gießen ['gisən], strong rain, also "to pour", "to water flowers",
  • sprühen ['ʃpʁy:ən], to spray,
  • tropfen ['tʁɔpfən], to drip, not really used for rain, I suppose, but rather for when drops drip of things, 
  • pieseln ['pi:zəln], a light rain that's barely there, also means "to pee", and
  • nieseln ['ni:zəln], similar to "piseln", very small drops.
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Thank you! :-)

I just wanted to thank everyone who commented on my Tengwar post yesterday; I wasn't very well that day and hadn't the energy to reply to all your comments individually. I've passed the translation - if that's quite the word - back to the person who wanted it, and she's very grateful.

You're a great bunch. :-)