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To be in Irish Posted by on Nov 30, 2021

Expressing the verb to be in Irish isn’t as straightforward as English – since there are two ways that are completely different and non-interchangeable. The two Irish forms are bí, known traditionally as the ” substantive verb”, and the copula, is. Bí Bí is also frequently referred to as tá (its present tense form). It…

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Féile an Altaithe – Thanksgiving Posted by on Nov 24, 2021

Haigh, a chairde! We all know Thanksgiving is an American holiday and thus not celebrated in Ireland, but did you know the influence Ireland might of had on the first Thanksgiving? Apparently in February of 1631, after a hard winter, the pilgrims were ecstatic to find that some hope and sustenance had arrived in a…

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Texting in Irish Posted by on Oct 22, 2021

Texting in Irish Love it or hate it, modern technology and texting has given rise to a new sort of language, and that is language of texts and emojis to quickly communicate your thoughts, needs, and emotions. In Irish it’s no different – and it’s especially exciting because it means that the language is really…

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Giant’s Causeway – Clochán an Aifir Posted by on Oct 15, 2021

Giant’s Causeway – Clochán an Aifir Giant’s Causeway, or Clochán an Aifir in Irish, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in County Antrim of Northern Ireland. It consists of around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, forming about 4 miles along the coast. They look like jutting hexagonal stepping stones extending from the cliff to underneath the…

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Irish reading practice + quiz (translation + answers) Posted by on Sep 24, 2021

Haigh!  Here is the translation as well as the answers to the quiz from our last blog post. _______________________________________________________________________ I’m Maria. I am Spanish but I have lived in Ireland for a few years. I work in a restaurant in Dublin. I love this country and the Irish but everyday life is very different. I…

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Irish reading practice + quiz Posted by on Aug 31, 2021

Haigh, a chairde! Here’s some Irish read practicing + a quiz, try it out in the comments below! ________________________________________________________________________________ Spáinneach in Éirinn – Spaniard in Ireland    Léigh an sliocht seo thíos agus ansin léigh na ráitis. Cuir tic le A (Fíor), B (Bréagach), nó C (Ní deirtear) i ngach cás. Read this passage below…

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An Irish translator in Brussels Posted by on Aug 13, 2021

Haigh, a chairde! In 2007 Irish was made an official working language of the European Union and so since then numerous translators have taken up residence in Brussels to work for the EU. In the three videos below from 2016 one of those translators, PJ Mac Gabhann, describes life in Brussels and his job as…

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