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Archive for November, 2012

Cailíní — firinscneach? Staileanna — baininscneach? Go figure! Posted by on Nov 30, 2012

(le Róislín) Very early on in learning Irish, most people see phrases like “an capall” (the horse) and “an bhó” (the cow).  Or “an seomra” (the room) and “an chistin” (the kitchen).  Then, somewhere along the way, we learn that the basic form of “cow” is “bó” (not “bhó“) and that the basic form of…

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Saying “Thank You,” “Thanks” and “Thanksgiving” in Irish Posted by on Nov 25, 2012

(le Róislín) Some of you might remember previous discussions of Irish terms for “thanking” and “giving thanks” (URLanna thíos).  As we’ve discussed before, Googling the term “Thanksgiving Day” in Irish is not likely to bring up a huge number of hits, since it’s not an Irish holiday.  Nevertheless, it’s widely celebrated in the United States…

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Comhaireamh Síos Lá an Altaithe Posted by on Nov 18, 2012

(le Róislín) In previous Thanksgiving blogs, we’ve counted turcaithe and puimcíní.  This time, let’s count some favorite foods eaten on Lá an Altaithe i Meiriceá and some of the accessories used to cook or serve them.  True, a multitude of turkey basters and lacers in one place might sound rather, well, awesome, but it’s all…

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An tAonú hUair Déag, An tAonú Lá Déag, an tAonú Mí Déag (11th Hour, 11th Day, 11th Month) Posted by on Nov 11, 2012

(le Róislín) We recently saw a video giving the pronunciation for counting from 1 to 20 in Irish (https://blogs.transparent.com/irish/irish-numbers-1-20-with-video/ OR http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-t5NzoxdfE).  In November, many countries recognize an t-aonú lá déag (the 11th day) as a day to remember iarbhaill na bhfórsaí armtha (veterans of the armed forces). Even more specifically, a nóiméad ciúnais or some other…

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Irish Numbers 1 – 20 with video Posted by on Nov 7, 2012

numbers image by Irargerich via flickr

We’ve put together this table of Irish numbers from 1 to 20 for all students just getting started in the Irish language. We’ve also included a video with voice pronunciation below.  One of the most important – and difficult – things a self-guided learner needs to do is practice speaking your target language out loud.  Do it anyway;…

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