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Archive for April, 2010

Clásail Choibhneasta Arís: An Briathar “Beir” (Give birth, bring, take, grab, etc.) Posted by on Apr 29, 2010

After some recent digressions, ranging from the “sobhlasta” (coiníní seacláide) to the “éigeantach” (Uncail Sam) or the “dosheachanta” (an bolcán / an Mháthair Dúlra), let’s return to na clásail choibhneasta le briathra neamhrialta.  Today’s blog will show the irregular verb “beir” in the three tenses (láithreach, caite, fáistineach) and in a declarative sentence, a question…

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Poist: Ó “A” go “V,” Cuid a Dó: “J” go “V” Posted by on Apr 28, 2010

(le Róislín) The previous blog listed some occupations from “a” to “i.”  Now we’ll continue with “j” to “v.”  As one might suspect, there are few (if any) occupational terms in Irish that begin with, or even contain, q, w, x, y, or z.  Curiously, though, there are at least a few for “j,” a…

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Poist: Ó ‘A’ go ‘V,’ Cuid a hAon: ‘A’ go ‘I’ Posted by on Apr 27, 2010

(le Róislín) As promised, here’s a selection of occupations and a selection of short statements to go with them.  If you’ve been studying “an chopail” in Irish, you’ll recognize the structures that link the subject (mé, tú, é, í, etc.) to the “predicate subject” (which here would be the occupational term itself): Is dochtúir mé…

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Cén Post Atá Agat? (What’s Your Job?) Posted by on Apr 24, 2010

Many older Irish language textbooks list jobs and occupations that pertain to the time that they were written, naturally enough.  Often these don’t correspond to the types of jobs people have today – at least not to the jobs that adult students in my classes seem to have and ask me to translate, like “refrigeration…

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Lá Gairmithe Riaracháin: 21 Aibreán 2010 Posted by on Apr 21, 2010

I Meiriceá bíonn Lá Gairmithe Riaracháin ar an gCéadaoin i lár Sheachtain Gairmithe Riaracháin.  Is í seachtain deireanach Aibreáin Seachtain Gairmithe Riaracháin (Administrative Professionals’ Week).  Bunaíodh é sa bhliain 1952 (abair: naoi déag caoga a dó). Sin ráite agam, caithfidh mé a admháil nach bhfuil mórán iomrá cloiste agam ar an ábhar seo (i nGaeilge)!…

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Oileánsléibhteoighearshruth (an Ghaeilge ar “Eyjafjallajökull,” mar dhea) Posted by on Apr 19, 2010

Or, how to say Eyjafjallajökull in Irish, as it were (sort of).  In addition to the more pressing issues raised by the cloud of luaith bholcánach, including two of my students being stranded in Belfast for a week, I was immediately curious about what exactly the Icelandic name of this volcano means.  My curiosity was…

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Cén Chuma Atá ar “Uncail Sam?” Posted by on Apr 15, 2010

An 15ú lá de mhí Aibreáin.  Lá na gCánacha sna Stáit Aontaithe.  Every year, during tax season, one sees some íocóin Mheiriceánacha coming to life.  I recently saw two people dressed up as “Dealbh na Saoirse,” dancing outside a tax preparation office, to attract custaiméirí.  Tuineacha (gúnaí) fada pléatacha uaine orthu agus ceannbhearta ar nós…

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