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Manx Language Resources

Almost every week (usually via facebook) I am asked for links to help people learn the language online so here are a few. Please add more if you know of any. ►Learn Manx (Ynsee Gaelg) website – http://bit.ly/1Q4Nupx – A

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Manx Idioms & Phrases

Some Manx idioms and phrases courtesy of W Walter Gill from his book Manx Dialect, Words & Phrases (1934). Hallo the house! = is a greeting on entering which has perhaps replaced the old Celtic form of blessing on the

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The First Collection of Manx Ever Published

One of the great landmarks in the history of Celtic scholarship was the publication of the first volume of Edward Lhuyd’s ‘Archaeologia Britannica’ at Oxford in 1707. This first volume, of a series he did not live to complete, was

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Edmund Goodwin

There have been in the past, vital personalities who have surmounted physical handicaps and I think we should salute a Peel man, all too little known, who was such a personality, becoming, despite life-long infirmaties, a distinguished scholar and linguist,

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Anglo-Manx Dialect

A few more words of the Anglo-Manx dialect. MANNINAGH = belonging to the Isle of Man “He’s a Manninagh dooie and she’s a Ben-vanninagh-dooie.”  (He’s a native/true Manxman and she’s a native/true Manxwoman) SNOG = a nod “Always givin’ a

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Manx Words – The Family

A few Manx words relating to family… MUMMIG – pron. mummig – mummy/mammy MOIR – pron. mawr – mother JISHAG – pron. jizhig – daddy/father AYR – pron. air – father BRAAR – pron. braar – brother SHUYR – pron.

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Excursion Notes to South Barrule

Excursion Notes following a Visit to South Barrule 20 August 1936: The name Barrule comes from the very ancient custom of Watch and Ward. The name is Scandinavian “Vordufjall.” Wardfell is the literary form used in the Manorial Roll; Barrool

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Traditional Manx Cottage

There is an old Manx cottage in Spaldrick, which I wish to choose as a type that has been inhabited in succession by four generations of a very long-lived family (who reached the age of ninety), and is said to

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Manx Language and the Irish Folklore Commission

Over sixty years ago, the Irish Folklore Commission made recordings of the last native Manx speakers. In doing so, the Commission ensured the preservation of the Manx language for generations to come. It was summer 1947. Irish Taoiseach, Éamon de

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Manx Dialect Connected with the Fairies

The Isle of man is full of Fairy lore.  A good Manxman does not speak of fairies — the word ‘ferrish’, a corruption of the English, did not exist in the Island 200 years ago. He talks of the Little

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