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7 dangerously similar sounding words as Gaeilge

ár nAthair v an nathair

THANKS TO OUR good pal over at Irish language Twitter account @TheIrishFor, here are some ‘linguistic bananaskins’ as Gaeilge to watch out for…

1. The Irish for tonight is ‘anocht’

Not to be confused with:

nocht Source: Beautification Syndrom on Flickr

2. The Irish for Our Father is ‘ár nAthair”

Not to be confused with:

snake2 Source: I for detail on Flickr

3. The Irish for darling is ‘carán’

Not to be confused with:

scum Source: Emily on Flickr

4. The Irish for banana is… ‘banana’

Not to be confused with:

haunts Source: Sean MacEntee on Flickr

5. The Irish for payday is ‘lá pá’

Not to be confused with:

paw Source: rawdonfox

6. The Irish for electricity is ‘aibhléis’

Not to be confused with:

dark Source: Walter Keller on Flickr

7. The Irish for sea is ‘farraige’

Not to be confused with:

farage Source: Jean-Francois Badias/PA Images

Follow @TheIrishFor on Twitter. You won’t be disappointed. 

Read: 13 excellent ways to insult someone as Gaeilge>

More: 9 Irish language translations that are so bad they’re good>

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