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Samhain – Hallowe’en in Ireland Posted by on Oct 31, 2020

Dia duit gach duine — Hi everyone! Did you know that the origins of Halloween are actually Irish? Samhain is a Celtic pagan festival that originated thousand of years ago. It marks the end of the harvest season and the ‘light season’ and the beginning of winter, the ‘dark season.’ Oíche Shamhna is the Irish word…

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An Teaghlach – The Family Posted by on Sep 30, 2020

Dia duit a chairdre! Today I wanted to share with you some an teaghlach (family) vocabulary, some grammar, as well as some resources to help with your Irish language journey. An chlann – family (children) Athair – Father Máthair – Mother Deartháir – Brother Deirfiúr – Sister Tuismitheoir(í) – Parent(s) Mac – Son Iníon – Daughter Seanathair/ Daideo – Grandfather/ Grandad Seanmháthair/ Mamó – Grandmother/ Granny An…

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Riverdance – Traditional Irish Dance and Music Posted by on Aug 20, 2020

Haigh a chairde! Hi friends! Bridgette is ainm dom, and I am the new Irish blogger. Deas bualadh leat go léir, it is nice to meet you all even if it is just virtually. I wanted to start off our time together with a cultural blog, especially since it is something I hold dear to my heart…

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The Irish for ‘I have a fever’ and, in passing, ‘I have the flu/hiccups/pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism’ Posted by on Feb 29, 2020

(le Róislín) Given that a fever is one of the indicators of the novel coronavirus, let’s look at some vocabulary connected to fevers.  The basic structure, like other illnesses or symptoms, is to say that the fever is “on you.”  You may already know sentences like “Tá an fliú orm” or “Tá snag orm”, or…

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Irish Words for Sneezing and Coughing — Sraothartach agus Casachtach (COVID-19 terms) Posted by on Feb 18, 2020

(le Róislín)  In keeping with the novel coronavirus terms introduced in the previous blog (nasc thíos), we add a few more terms here: sneezing and coughing, and related terms like “droplets” and “salivary.” Let’s start with “sneeze” and some of its various forms.  The most basic, in my experience, is “sraoth a ligean” (lit. to…

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Coronavirus Terms in Irish:  A-Z  (aisdúichiú go zónóiseach) Posted by on Jan 31, 2020

(le Róislín) There are, of course, many ways to look at and discuss the ongoing coróinvíreas, but, since this is a language-learning site, how about the tried and true method of ord na haibítre (alphabetical order)?  Irish to English — and that may be a bit of a challenge since the Irish alphabet doesn’t typically…

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Saying ‘The First of the Month’ in Irish and Other Special Names for ‘First Days’ (pt. 2: April, May, June) Posted by on Jan 18, 2020

(le Róislín) Cén lá a dtarlaíonn damhsa mar seo? Cén bhliain a ndearna na cailíní sa phictiúr an damhsa seo, i do bharúil: sna 1930í? sna 1940í? sna 1950í? sna 1960í? sna 1970í? sna 1980í? sna 1990í? Ar ndóigh, is féidir linn a bheith cinnte nach raibh sé san aois seo. Freagra thíos, bunoscionn. Grafaic…

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