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St. Bridget and St. Valentine in Irish (1 Feabhra agus 14 Feabhra) Posted by on Jan 31, 2015

Naomh Bríd, fuinneog dhaite, Séipéal San Non, St. David's, An Bhreatain Bheag  (grafaic: By Wolfgang Sauber (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

(le Róislín)   While, yes, there is at least one saint for every day of the year, February is remarkable in celebrating two saints quite prominently.  This is especially true in Ireland. February 1st is celebrated as “Lá Fhéile Bríde” in Ireland, and to some extent, in other Celtic areas or diasporas.  Anciently, it was…

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Cé Hé Uimhir a Sé? — Practicing Some Numbers in Irish Posted by on Jan 28, 2015

uimhir a haon (http://www.clker.com/cliparts/i/t/3/Z/g/J/number-1-grey-flat-icon-md.png)

(le Róislín) ‘Cé hé Uimhir a Sé?’  That might seem like an odd question at first, but, remember the number that was in the graphic for the last blog (nasc thíos)?  There was a reason for picking that number to illustrate the theme from The Prisoner.  In this blog, we’ll look a little closer at uimhreacha and…

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‘I am not an ‘uimhir’ ‘ and Other Indefinite Predicate Nominatives — Let’s Say Them in Irish Posted by on Jan 23, 2015

uimhir a sé (grafaic: 
http://www.clker.com/clipart-number-6-1.html)

(le Róislín) Whenever I see or hear the phrase “Doctor Who,” I always end up thinking of the typical Irish question, “An dochtúir thú?” (Are you a doctor?).  Remember, the “t” of “thú” is silent, so “thú” sounds like “who.”   I’ve actually tried putting together questions in Irish that would have the phrase “Doctor Who…

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Chocolate Redux (well, not really re: ducks, but re: eggs and such): Chocolate Terms in Irish Posted by on Jan 18, 2015

An bhfuil teideal ar bith de dhíth ar an bpictiúr seo? (Attribution: By André Karwath aka Aka (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons)

(le Róislín) I see that the chocolate blog in this series just popped up again on our Facebook site (https://www.facebook.com/learn.irish; bun-nasc thíos).  So I thought it would fun to try some more phrases involving many people’s favorite “bia compoird” — seacláid.                            …

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‘Owl’ About It? Cineálacha Ulchabhán i nGaeilge (Types of Owls in Irish)  Posted by on Jan 14, 2015

Ulchabhán ag méanfach (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SpottedEagleOwl2483MGYawn.jpg)

(le Róislín)                                     Since I just happened to mention the term “ulchabhán sneachtúil” in the most recent blog, I thought it would be fun to look into some other types of owls and what they’re called in Irish. …

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