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Archive for August, 2011

Using Your Head: Counting in Irish with the Word “Ceann” Posted by on Aug 31, 2011

(le Róislín) Bhuel, it’s not really your head.  Just a generalized application of the word “ceann” (head) in Irish.  So far, in all of the counting practice in recent blogs, we’ve been practicing na huimhreacha with the actual items being counted (móideim amháin, deich mbliana, srl.).  But there’s a convenient way to use the word…

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An Uimhir Is Uaigní a Dhéanfaidh Tú Choíche (… the Loneliest Number …) Posted by on Aug 28, 2011

(le Róislín) “An uimhir is uaigní a ‘dhéanfaidh’ tú choíche.”  Cén uimhir í sin?  Uimhir a haon, ar ndóigh, de réir Harry Nilsson, ar a laghad.  Speaking of the number “one,” this might be a good time to discuss the two forms of the number “one” in Irish: a haon and amháin. Of all the…

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Counting Crows and Cows, i nGaeilge (Ag Comhaireamh Préachán agus Bó) Posted by on Aug 25, 2011

(le Róislín) Last time we practiced counting, it was mostly ways to say “zero,” and we finished with a quick view of counting cows (bó amháin, dhá bhó, seacht mbó, deich mbó, míle bó).  So let’s count some more cows (why not?) and, for good measure, let’s count some crows too.  Of course, to do…

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Ó 0 go 10 (0 agus 10 agus na hUimhreacha Eatarthu) Posted by on Aug 22, 2011

(le Róislín) Recently we’ve looked at how to count a “couple” of things and how to count “two” of something (cúpla caife Gaelach, dhá chaife Ghaelacha).  So you might be wondering about the numbers in between, and also zero (variously represented in Irish as “nialas,” “náid,” and, by implication, in the phrase “ar bith”).    …

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Cúpla Caife Gaelach, Dhá Chaife Ghaelacha (A Couple of Irish Coffees vs. Two Irish Coffees) Posted by on Aug 20, 2011

(le Róislín) Lenition, another lenition, and a plural ending.  That’s the difference that happens when we say “two Irish coffees” as opposed to “a couple of Irish coffees.” So how does that work? As we discussed in the last blog, the Irish word “cúpla” is followed by the singular form of the noun (unlike English,…

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