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The Manx Language (Y Ghailck)


The native language for the Isle of Man is Manx Gaelic. It resembles other Gaelic languages like Scottish and Irish and is part of the Celtic language family. The last native speaker of the Manx Language was Edward (Ned) Maddrell, who died in December 1974. Since then there has been a revival of the language as many people take up learning it at school or college. Manx has been formally taught in schools since 1992, but is not compulsory. There are a few Manx only schools (Scoill) for younger children. The main language spoken on the Isle of Man is British English.

Manx Phrases

Good morningMoghrey mie(Maw-ra mye)
Good afternoon/eveningFastyr mie(Fas-tur mye)
Good nightOie vie(Ee vye)
HelloDy bannee diu(Di bannee deeoo)
How are youKys ta shiu(Kus ta shoo)
Fine thanks, and you?Braew, gura mie eu as shiu hene?(Brow goora mye eeoo as shoo heen?)
PleaseMy saillu(Mi sall-yoo)
Thank youGura mie eu(Goora mye eeoo)
Good byeSlane lhiu(Slen lee oo)
Good healthSlaynt vie(Slant vye)

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Publications
Talk Now! Learn Manx
EuroTalk Limited, CD-ROM, 02 May, 2003
List Price: £24.99
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First Lessons in Manx
Edmund Goodwin
Yn Cheshaght Ghailckagh, Paperback, December, 1987
ISBN: 1870029038
List Price: £3.00
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Conversational Manx
John Gell
Yn Cheshaght Ghailckagh, Paperback, December, 1984
ISBN: 1870029100
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Outline of Manx Language and Literature
Robert Leith Thomson, A.J. Pilgrim
Yn Cheshaght Ghailckagh, Paperback, December, 1988
ISBN: 1870029046
List Price: £1.25
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Manx Idioms and Phrases
J.J. Kneen
Yn Cheshaght Ghailckagh, Paperback, December, 1978
ISBN: 1870029070
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Handbook of Late Spoken Manx: Grammar and Text v. 1 (Buchreihe Der Zeitschrift Fur Celtische Philologie)
George Broderick
Max Niemeyer Verlag GmbH&Co KG, Paperback, December, 1984
ISBN: 3484429038
List Price: £79.30
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The First Thousand Words in Manx
Heather Amery, Stephen Cartwright
Yn Cheshaght Ghailckagh, Paperback, December, 1986
ISBN: 187002902X
List Price: £6.95
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