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Leabhar Eile le Gwyneth Wynn: Micí agus an Rí (Another Mini Irish Glossary) Posted by on Apr 19, 2017

(le Róislín) In the most recent blog (nasc thíos), we looked at Gwyneth Wynn’s charming Micí ar an bPortach (1998) and provided a glossary of some of the interesting Irish vocabulary words contained in the book.  Most of the entries had to do with digging, drying and “footing” turf.  Today, we’ll look at another book…

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An Irish Vocabulary Guide for Gwyneth Wynn’s ‘Micí ar an bPortach’ Posted by on Apr 16, 2017

(le Róislín) One of my favorite Irish children’s books is Micí ar an bPortach by Gwyneth Wynn (An Gúm, 1998, ISBN 1-85791-226-8).  Since some of you might also enjoy reading it, I thought I supply a little glossary to go with the story.  While most of the vocabulary is pretty basic, there are some words…

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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!

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