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Aistriúchán den Chomhrá le Nola, An Srónbheannach (A Translation of the Irish Dialogue with Nola)–Cuid 1/2 Posted by on Dec 3, 2015

RIP Nola (ca. 1974-2015) , an srónbheannach bán tuaisceartach deireanach a bhí fágtha sa leathsféar thiar.  Anois níl ach trí shrónbheannach den fhospeiceas seo fágtha ar domhan, sa Chéinia.  (grafaic san fhearann poiblí / public domain graphic: http://www.clipartoday.com/freeclipart/animal/rhinoceros/rhinoceroscartoon_13296.html)

(le Róislín) Usually I write these blogs bilingually, but the imaginary conversation with Nola, the 4th-last Northern White Rhinoceros in the world, took on a life of its own in Irish.  So, for the benefit of newcomers to the language, I’ll do an interlinear translation here, with some vocabulary notes and pronunciation interspersed.  This blog…

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If You’re Going to Give a Belly Rub to a Rhinoceros, Here’s How to Say It in Irish (and some other useful vocabulary) Posted by on Nov 28, 2015

Ar mhiste leat cuimilt bhoilg a thabhairt dom? / Would you mind giving me a belly rub?
(grianghraf le Petr Kratochvil ag http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=9836&picture=rhino-head)

(le Róislín) We recently posted an imaginary conversation in Irish with Nola (ca. 1974-2015), a Northern White Rhinoceros (Srón-bheannach Bán Tuais-ceartach) whose recent death leaves only three remaining members of her subspecies alive.   The nasc (link) to this article is thíos (below).  Since that blog was almost entirely in Irish, we’ll look at a few…

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Dóigheanna le Prátaí a Réiteach (Irish Terms for Ways to Prepare Potatoes) Posted by on Nov 26, 2015


Potatoes may be popular all year around, but in the U.S., they are especially popular in late November, for Lá an Altaithe.  At this time, many American families will serve two or three types of potatoes with the Thanksgiving meal, and I’ve even heard of up to four types at one meal.  The two types…

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Comhrá (samhlaitheach) le Nola, an Srónbheannach: An Imaginary Conversation in Irish with Nola, The Rhinoceros Posted by on Nov 23, 2015

Angalifu, an srónbheannach bán tuaisceartach fireann a bhí ina cónaí sa Pháirc Safari de chuid Zú San Diego  (grafaic: By Sheep81 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

(le Róislín)   Amidst the many catastróif that seem to be happening lately, I was also saddened to learn of the death of Nola, an srónbheannach bán tuaisceartach a bhí ina cónaí i San Diego Zoo Safari Park ó 1989. Of course, she probably lived longer in captivity than she would have in the wild,…

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Tuilleadh Cainte ar Thurcaithe (Some Irish Vocabulary for ‘Talking Turkey’) Posted by on Nov 20, 2015

Turcaí fireann agus turcaí baineann,  http://www.public-domain-ge.com/free-images/fauna-animals/birds/turkey-birds-pictures/pair-of-wild-turkey-birds-male-and-female-in-breeding-plumage-meleagris-gallopavo

(le Róislín) In a recent blog post, I referred to a short article on turkeys written in the Irish-language online newsletter, Líon an Dúlra (Eagrán 6, Geimhreadh 2013).   Here, I thought we could look at a bit more “turkey” vocabulary, based on the article, and do a short Q & A.  I’ll also add some…

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