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Pronunciation Guide for “25 Chulaith Oíche Shamhna” (25 Halloween Costumes, in Irish) Posted by on Oct 27, 2015

 (le Róislín) We recently looked at the Irish for 25 different types of cultacha Oíche Shamhna (nasc thíos), some fairly traidisiúnta (vaimpír, taibhse) and some fairly far-fetched (héilics dúbailte d’aigéad dí-ocsairibeanúicléasach).  This post will give some pronunciation tips for them. But first, let’s look at the word “culaith” [KUL-uh OR KUL-ee] itself.  “The suit” is…

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25 Chulaith Oíche Shamhna and how to say them in Irish Posted by on Oct 24, 2015

(le Róislín) The variety of Halloween costumes seems to grow greater and greater every year.  Here are 25 possibilities and a handful of phrases for questions like: 1) Will you be a werewolf this year?  An mbeidh tú i do chonriocht  i mbliana? 2) Were you ever a werewolf? (for Halloween, or otherwise)? An raibh…

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Irish language glossary for ‘Comhrá idir an dá iora ghlasa’ (Diarmaid agus Dearbháil), pt. 2 Posted by on Oct 20, 2015

(le Róislín) It occurred to me that there might be a few more words worthy of definition or pronunciation deconstruction from the “Diarmaid agus Dearbháil” story (nasc thíos).  So here’s beagáinín eile: Taighde, research.  The “gh” is silent in the “taigh-” part of this word, so the vowel sound is as in the verb “faigh”…

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Irish language glossary for ‘Comhrá idir an dá iora ghlasa’ (Diarmaid agus Dearbháil) Posted by on Oct 15, 2015

(le Róislín) You may have recently read the dialóg bheag I wrote for practicing the slender “dh” sound (as in “a Dhiarmaid,” “a Dhearbháil,” “trí dhearcán,” “ar dheis,” srl.).  In that post, I explained the names I created for the baby squirrels (Dealrúilín, Deannóidín, Deidimín, Dreochlóigín, Drithleóigín), but I didn’t have space to do additional…

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Comhrá: Diarmaid agus Dearbháil agus Na Dearcáin Posted by on Oct 10, 2015

(le Róislín) Here’s a little conversation to practice some of the sounds we saw in the blog post for 6 October 2015 (When Is ‘dh’ pronounced like ‘y’ in Irish words?  Think ‘a Dhia’ and ‘a Dhiarmaid’ Posted by róislín in Irish Language; http://blogs.transparent.com/irish/when-is-dh-pronounced-like-y-in-irish-words-think-a-dhia-and-a-dhiarmaid/).  As you can see, I’ve gone a bit out of my way to…

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