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A Vocabulary Comparison: ‘Spot the Puppy’ (English) and ‘Bran an Coileán’ (Irish) Posted by on Apr 12, 2017

(le Róislín) Translations are hardly ever word for word or exactly literal.  Languages are too idiomatic for most literal translations to flow well.  We might expect this especially in songs, poetry and the Classics.  But I thought it would interesting to look at a fairly simple text, and one that’s a lot of fun for…

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An Easter Quiz in Irish: Ceistiúchán Cásca Posted by on Apr 6, 2017

(le Róislín) How many Easter expressions can you come up with in Irish, and how many different forms of the word “Cáisc” are used?  This blog is based an iarbhlag (3 Aibreán 2015), but instead of earlier approach of filling in the blanks, which gives more prompting, this one has complete phrases to be translated. …

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Go raibh maith agat, a Alsandair! Posted by on Apr 6, 2017

Ní cuid den bhlag é féin é an nóta seo ach nóta buíochais chuig Alexander a dúirt “Thanks for explaining the usage of ‘Gaelach’ vs. ‘Éireannach’, Róislín!” (March 27 at 2:15pm).  Tá áthas orm gur thaitin an bhlagmhír sin leat!

Bia le Beoir (Aguisín): One More Irish Phrase for a Beer-friendly Snack Food, Cuid / Part 2C of 2 Posted by on Mar 31, 2017

(le Róislín) Finally, we’ve gotten to the end of our “sraith taobh istigh de shraith.”  We started with the addition of “craiceann muiceola friochta” the list of “sneaiceanna le n-ithe le beoir.”  That led to a discussion of various other types of meat (besides “muiceoil“) whose Irish names are compound words ending in “fheoil” or…

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Bia le Beoir (Aguisín): One More Irish Phrase for a Beer-friendly Snack Food, Cuid / Part 2B of 2 Posted by on Mar 29, 2017

(le Róislín) Every time I think I’m coming down the home stretch with this list of “-fheoil” or “-eoil” words, I think of a few more.  So, in today’s post, we’ll not only look at fiafheoil and oiseoil, as mentioned in previous blogs, but we’ll also start looking at the following words and see how…

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