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Archive for January, 2015

Lig dó a bheith ag cur sneachta (wintry weather words in Irish) Posted by on Jan 10, 2015

(le Róislín)   So how’s winter treating you?   A lán sneachta?  Beagáinín sneachta?  Síobthaí sneachta?  Ceathanna sneachta? The key word for today’s blog, as you might have observed, is “sneachta” [SHNAKH-tuh], snow. So we’ll look at the basic forms of the word and then some related terms. sneachta, snow an sneachta, the snow dlús an tsneachta…

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Cén t-ainm atá agat ar an 6ú lá d mhí Eanáir?  6 ways to say it in Irish Posted by on Jan 6, 2015

(le Róislín) How many ways are there to refer to the “last” day of Christmas (January 6th) in Irish? A solid leathdhosaen, at any rate, maybe a few more in folk tradition.  Can you fill in the blanks to complete the phrases?  The number of blanks corresponds to the number of letters to be filled…

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How to say ‘How are you?” in Irish — not quite 100 ways but maybe 50-ish.  And which are the top 5(-ish)? Posted by on Jan 4, 2015

(le Róislín) Some of you may have seen the recent article “Did you know there are 100 ways to say ‘How are you?’ as Gaeilge?” in The Daily Edge, based on a dialect map posted on Twitter (naisc thíos).  As comments to the Daily Edge article pointed out, about half of the examples are from Scotland,…

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