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Céard (Cad é / Cad) atá ort?  … air sin?  srl.  (some uses of the word ‘ar’ in Irish) Posted by on Jun 15, 2015

(le Róislín) Lately we’ve been looking at how to say you have red hair or a black beard (and/or mustache and sideburns), using the word “ar” (on).  In previous blog posts, we’ve looked at using “ar” to say you’re ill (“I have a cold”) or how you feel about something, either emotionally (I’m happy) or as…

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Speaking of ‘Féasóga’ — What Color Is His ‘Féasóg’ in Irish? Posted by on Jun 12, 2015

(le Róislín) Lately we’ve been talking a lot about dath gruaige in Irish, including the following: rua, fionnrua, órdhonn, donn, dubh, fionn, liath, and even, as in bréagfholt Phyllis Diller, gorm). We also practiced saying someone “has” a certain color hair in Irish.  Remember, to say the person “has” that color hair, we don’t use…

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What else comes in ‘ribí’ besides ‘gruaig’? Posted by on Jun 8, 2015

(le Róislín) ‘ ‘In the last blagmhír, we saw a picture of an eachtardhomhandach without so much as a ‘ribe gruaige‘ on his head. “Ribe gruaige‘ means “a strand of hair.”  “Gruaig” changes to “gruaige” because we’re saying “of hair.”  For the pronunciation of “ribe,” see the tip below.  The plural, as you probably figured…

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What Color Hair Do They Have? Talking about ‘Dath Gruaige’ in Irish Posted by on Jun 5, 2015

(le Róislín) Recently we’ve been looking at “dath gruaige” (hair color) in Irish, emphasizing “fionnrua” (“strawberry” or “Venetian” blond) and, because of the emoji issue, “rua” (red).  We also practiced some of the other typical colors: donn, dubh, and liath. With phrases like “fear donn” or “bean fhionnrua” [ban IN-ROO-uh, silent “fh”], we’re using the…

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When Is ‘Strawberry Blonde’ Not ‘Strawberry’?  When It’s ‘Fionnrua’ (An Introduction to Hair Color in Irish) Posted by on May 31, 2015

(le Róislín)   In the last blog post, we looked at the issue of redhead emojis, or the lack thereof.  In the past, when we just had simple hand-typed emoticons or basic yellow smileys, hair color wasn’t so much of an issue.  But now that we have a wide variety of choices for hair color and…

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