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25 Ways to Say ‘Family’ in Irish, Cuid a Trí (Pt. 3) Posted by on Feb 29, 2016

(le Róislín) So far, in this mionsraith within this blog, we’ve looked at seven out of the 25 ways to say “family” in Irish that I have identified.  In today’s post, we’ll look further at words that have to do with the extended family or relatives.  And just as a little review, let’s try a…

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25 Ways to Say ‘Family’ in Irish, Cuid a Dó (Pt. 2) Posted by on Feb 27, 2016

(le Róislín) In the last blog, we looked at the first four in our list of 25 ways to say “family” in Irish: teaghlach, clann, líon tí and comhluadar.   Today we’ll continue with some words pertaining to the family as responsibility.  We’ll use the same format, the basic term, the definitions, additional forms of the…

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25 Ways to Say ‘Family’ in Irish, Cuid a hAon (Pt. 1) Posted by on Feb 25, 2016

(le Róislín)   In a recent blog (nasc thíos), we examined the word ‘muirín,’ one of many Irish words for ‘family.’  As you may recall, we looked at “muirín” in comparison to a homograph (muirín as “a scallop,” of all things!) and also in comparison to the similarly-spelled múirín, which has two distinct meanings, 1)…

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An Dá Mhuirín agus an Dá Mhúirín (families, scallops, and leaf-mould, oh my! — plus ‘showers’ but that would break ‘an mhéim’) Posted by on Feb 22, 2016

(le Róislín) Sometimes it seems that no sooner do you learn one Irish word, than you find another one spelled in almost the same way.   In some cases, these are, in fact, dialect variations of the same word (raibh/rabh nó madra/madadh, mar shampla).   But often they are completely different words, sometimes with just a “fada” of…

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Ten Ways to Say “Bravo” in Irish (using Ceol, Gairm, Beannacht, Fáinne, etc.) Posted by on Feb 18, 2016

(le Róislín) Music lovers at a classical music concert will probably wait politely until the very end to call out “Bravo!” or “Brava!” during the applause.  But in the realm of Irish folk music, short phrases of encouragement are often used during the song or tune, offering encouragement to the performer.  They can all be…

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Céard a déarfá dá mba thusa … Posted by on Feb 15, 2016

www(le Róislín) Seo deich n-abairt le líonadh isteach le mianta agus le manaí agus le hathfhriotail. Is féidir dhá fhreagra nó níos mó a úsáid le cuid acu seo. Agus amanna téann freagra amháin le cúpla frása. Ar ndóigh, ní raibh Gaeilge ag na daoine atá luaite sna habairtí seo (fad m’eolais) ach cuir i…

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Saying “I Love You” in Irish Posted by on Feb 11, 2016

(le Róislín)   Around Valentine’s Day (Lá Vailintín), we see lots of cards, candies, and decorative items saying “I love you” in English.  Irish has many ways to say this as well, although the actual verb “to love” isn’t usually part of the phrase.  Most of the expressions rely on terms of endearment (téarmaí ceana)…

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