12Sentences.com is inspired by Tim Ferriss' grammar 'deconstruction' method from ‘The 4 Hour Chef' - his book on accelerated learning.


Tim's method includes having a native speaker translate sentences like 'I give John the apple' - to help decode the building blocks of a language.

Some kind language speakers have added their translations and recordings to this project. To suggest which languages to add next - vote in the poll.


Tim's method includes having a native speaker translate sentences like 'I give John the apple' - to help decode the building blocks of a language.

Some kind language speakers have added their translations and recordings to this project. To suggest which languages to add next - vote in the poll.

Tim Ferriss' 12 Sentences to deconstruct 🇮🇪 Irish grammar

Translations and audio by Siobhán from bitesize.irish. Siobhán is a fluent Irish speaker from Galway, Ireland. She has been a facilitator and instructor at Bitesize Irish since 2016.

1. The apple is red. Tá dath dearg ar an úll.
2. It is John’s apple. Is é úll Sheáin é.
3. I give John the apple. Tugaim an t-úll do Sheán.
4. We give him the apple. Tugann muid an t-úll dó.

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5. He gives it to John. Tugann sé do Sheán é.
6. She gives it to him. Tugann sí dó é.
7. Is the apple red? An bhfuil dath dearg ar an úll?
8. The apples are red. Tá dath dearg ar na húlla.
9. I must give it to him. Caithfidh mé é a thabhairt dó.
10. I want to give it to her. Ba mhaith liom é a thabhairt di.
11. I'm going to know tomorrow. Beidh a fhios agam amárach.
12. I can't eat the apple. Ní féidir liom an t-úll a ithe.
I have eaten the apple. Tá an t-úll ite agam.

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