Lessoonyn Meanagh

Intermediate Lessons

lesson 9: Coontey - Counting

We've already mentioned some of the numbers when introducing each lesson so you will be familiar already with some of them.

The word for a number is earroo [earroo] ---------- earroo.

The word for a telephone is çhellvane [çhellvane] ---------- çhellvane.

A telephone number is earroo çhellvane [earroo çhellvane] ---------- earroo çhellvane.

But first, the numbers one to ten:
Nane, jees, tree, One, two, three [nane, jees, tree] ---------- nane, jees, tree.

Kiare, queig, shey; Four, five, six [kiare, queig, shey] ---------- kiare, queig, shey.

Shiaght, hoght, nuy; Seven, eight, nine [shiaght, hoght, nuy] ---------- shiaght, hoght, nuy.

Jeih, ten [jeih] ---------- jeih.

The word for zero is neu-nhee [neu-nhee] ---------- neu-nhee.

Neunhee, nane, jees, ---------- neunhee, nane, jees.

Tree, kiare, queig ---------- tree, kiare, queig.

Hoght, nuy, jeih ---------- hoght, nuy, jeih.

The phrase, Insh dou, is a useful one. Insh dou means Tell me. Insh dou [Insh dou] ---------- Insh dou. We'll use this quite a lot in future lessons. Fastyr mie Maralyn, kys t'ou?

Ta mee braew, gura mie ayd.

Insh dou dty earroo çhellvane, my sailt.

Kiare, Hoght, Jees, Tree, Neu-nhee, Kiare. Insh dou dty earroo çhellvane.

Hoght, Shey, Neu-nhee, Shiaght, Nane, Queig.

What we were asking and finding out here were each other's telephone numbers.

Insh dou yn earroo çhellvane ayd, my sailt. Tell me, insh dou, the telephone number, yn earroo çhellvane, at you, ayd, so yn earroo çhellvane ayd, the telephone number at you is your telephone number.

Insh dou yn earroo çhellvane ayd, my sailt. [Insh dou yn earroo çhellvane ayd, my sailt.] ----------- Insh dou yn earroo çhellvane ayd, my sailt.

Did you recognize the numbers?

Kiare, Hoght, Jees, Tree, Neu-nhee, Kiare. 482304. Kiare, Hoght, Jees, Tree, Neu-nhee, Kiare.

Hoght, Shey, Neu-nhee, Shiaght, Nane, Queig 870715 Hoght, Shey, Neu-nhee, Shiaght, Nane, Queig.

Now we'll find out Juan and Mary's numbers. Maralyn, insh dou earroo çhellvane Juan, my sailt.

Shoh earroo çhellvane Juan: Shey, Tree, Kiare, Jees, Nuy, Shiaght

Gura mie ayd.

Insh dou earroo çhellvane Mary, my sailt.

Shoh earroo çhellvane Mary: Shey, Hoght, Nane, Queig, Neu-nhee, Nane.

So it's very simple to say Juan's telephone number or Mary's telephone number. We just say earroo çhellvane Juan and earroo çhellvane Mary.

The word for 'this' is 'shoh', but before a vowel it becomes 'shogh'. Earroo çhellvane Juan, Juan's telephone number: earroo starts with a vowel, so This is Juan's telephone number is Shogh earroo çhellvane Juan.

This is Mary's telephone number is Shoh earroo çhellvane Mary.

Ok, we'll get a pen and write down the following numbers:

Tree, Neu-nhee, Kiare, Tree, Hoght, Nane.

Queig, Shiaght, Shiaght, Shey, Hoght, Kiare.

Nane, Jees, Queig, Neu-nhee, Shiaght, Nuy.

Hoght, Kiare, Shiaght, Nuy, Nane, Jees.

How did you do? Here they are with the English translations. Just to check, write down the numbers as we say them, then look at them as we say them in Manx.

Tree, Neu-nhee, Kiare, tree, Hoght, Nane - 304381 Tree, Neu-nhee, Kiare, tree, Hoght, Nane.

Queig, Shiaght, Shiaght, Shey, Hoght, Kiare-577684 Queig, Shiaght, Shiaght, Shey, Hoght, Kiare.

Nane, Jees, Queig, Neu-nhee, Shiaght, Nuy - 125079 Nane, Jees, Queig, Neu-nhee, Shiaght, Nuy.

Hoght, Kiare, Shiaght, Nuy, Nane, Jees - 847912 Hoght, Kiare, Shiaght, Nuy, Nane, Jees.

Eleven is nane-jeig, which is one and ten, nane-jeig [nane-jeig] ---------- nane-jeig.

Twelve is daa-yeig [daa-yeig] ---------- daa-yeig, then it's

Tree jeig, three and ten,
Kiare jeig, four and ten, and so on,
Queig jeig
Shey jeig
Shiaght jeig
Hoght jeig
Nuy jeig, nine and ten.

Feed is the Manx for 20. The term for 24 is kiare as feed (4 and 20). This is also the Manx idiom for the House of Keys, the four and twenty members who make up the house, y kiare as feed.

Finally, there is an extra wrinkle when discussing numbers in Manx. When we're counting we use nane, jees. However, when it's one thingy or two whatsits, we say un as daa.

We've already heard daa in the expression for twelve, daa yeig. However, we'll hear more of this in the next lesson.

Ansherbee, shen eh voish lessoon nuy.

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