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PostPosted: Sat 09 Apr 2022 7:11 pm 
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Hello, Might someone be able to confirm whether this phrase, "Cairde áille m'anama," is a fair and grammatically correct expression of Beautiful friends of my soul? Of note, the "friends" in the phrase include both feminine and masculine. Thank you very much for your input! Diana


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dfcolby@sympatico.ca wrote:
Hello, Might someone be able to confirm whether this phrase, "Cairde áille m'anama," is a fair and grammatically correct expression of Beautiful friends of my soul? Of note, the "friends" in the phrase include both feminine and masculine. Thank you very much for your input! Diana


cairde áille m’anama = the friends of my soul
It is grammatically correct (though I don’t know what a "friend of my soul" is ;))


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Thank you for the validation:). Regarding what it means - Ah, well, as per Audrey Nickel (The Geeky Gaeilgeoir) and others (Bite-size Irish?), this is the only credible way to translate "soulmate" or "soul friend"... and so. But please do weigh in if you believe if it is totally off! Thank you. Diana.


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The result is an exact translation from English, but it is unlikely to be a natural Irish phrase.

Daoine breátha mh'árann agus mh'anama.


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djwebb2021 wrote:
The result is an exact translation from English, but it is unlikely to be a natural Irish phrase.


I see.
Is "soulmate" a recently coined word that it is neither mentioned in FGB nor in EID?
In German, there is "Seelenverwandter", gaol (an) anama (at least a Gearmánachas seachas Béarlachas ;))
And there's the old-fashioned "Busenfreund", bosom friend, in Irish: cara cléibh

And there's
duine/cara na n-árann, "person/friend of the kidneys/loins"


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Labhrás wrote:
djwebb2021 wrote:
The result is an exact translation from English, but it is unlikely to be a natural Irish phrase.


I see.
Is "soulmate" a recently coined word that it is neither mentioned in FGB nor in EID?
In German, there is "Seelenverwandter", gaol (an) anama (at least a Gearmánachas seachas Béarlachas ;))
And there's the old-fashioned "Busenfreund", bosom friend, in Irish: cara cléibh

And there's
duine/cara na n-árann, "person/friend of the kidneys/loins"


Yes, I like cara cléibh.


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PostPosted: Wed 13 Apr 2022 12:16 pm 
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djwebb2021 wrote:
Labhrás wrote:
djwebb2021 wrote:
The result is an exact translation from English, but it is unlikely to be a natural Irish phrase.


I see.
Is "soulmate" a recently coined word that it is neither mentioned in FGB nor in EID?
In German, there is "Seelenverwandter", gaol (an) anama (at least a Gearmánachas seachas Béarlachas ;))
And there's the old-fashioned "Busenfreund", bosom friend, in Irish: cara cléibh

And there's
duine/cara na n-árann, "person/friend of the kidneys/loins"


Yes, I like cara cléibh.


Me too. It's as close as you're going to get to "soulmate" without sounding artificial, although some people may accept that.


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