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A Glossary for the Irish in ‘Neacha Neamhshaolta’  (Tríshúileach / Three-eyed, or Otherwise), Part / Cuid 3 Posted by on Feb 28, 2017

(le Róislín)                           Lately we’ve been looking at some vocabulary from the recent blogposts on the theme of “neacha neamhshaolta” (aliens from outer space).  We’ve looked at how many eyes a creature might have (trí shúil, mar shampla) and how to say “antennae” for…

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A Glossary for the Irish in ‘Neacha Neamhshaolta’ (Tríshúileach / Three-eyed, or Otherwise), Part / Cuid 2 Posted by on Feb 26, 2017

(le Róislín) Continuing with our “neacha neamhshaolta” vocabulary, here are some more words from the recent blogposts (naisc thíos), together with some synonyms: aintéine: antenna, pl: aintéiní, for animals, but for radio or television reception, there is a different word, “aeróg” (more like “aerial”).  Both aintéiní and aeróga can be “inghiorraithe” (retractable). lonrach: luminescent, also…

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A Glossary for the Irish in ‘Neacha Neamhshaolta’ (Tríshúileach / Three-eyed, or Otherwise), Cuid / Part 1 Posted by on Feb 24, 2017

(le Róislín) The last few blogs may have introduced some new vocabulary, so let’s take a closer look at some of the words and phrases, starting with: A..  “neach” (creature, being, person, spirit). Note that all these definitions match up with other Irish words as well, often more primary: 1.. creature: créatúr (implying “poor creature”…

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Design Your Own ‘Neach Neamhshaolta’ and Describe It in Irish, or, What’s the Gaeilge for ‘I Have Two Antennae, or Three Eyes or Four Opposable Thumbs’? Posted by on Feb 22, 2017

(le Róislín) One of our recent blogposts (nasc thíos) had a fun segue between “neacha neamhshaolta” and “clocha sneachta,” normally a rather unlikely combination.   Why so “neamhghnách” (unlikely)? Bhuel, “neacha neamhshaolta” means “aliens” (in the outer-space sense) and “clocha sneachta” means “hailstones,” normally unconnected.  You may remember the photo (an nasc céanna, thíos) of the…

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Gluais don alt faoi fhrasaíocht (precipitation vocab in Irish, plus some pronunciation tips) Posted by on Feb 20, 2017

(le Róislín) Our most recent blogpost (nasc thios) discussed four types of precipitation (ceithre chineál frasaíochta) and today’s post will focus on some of the less common words in that article, and, in some cases, pronunciation.  So, seo dosaen focal ón bhlagmhír sin, an pictiúr agus an téacs leis san áireamh: bunlíne, bottom line, an bhunlíne…

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Cineálacha Frasaíochta (Irish Terms for Types of Precipitation: Rain, Snow, Sleet, Hail) Posted by on Feb 16, 2017

(le Róislín) Cén sórt cloiche í sin sa phictiúr?  Cloch shneachta.  Sin ceann de na cineálacha frasaíochta a mbeidh muid ag caint fúthu sa bhlagmhír seo. Leis an fhírinne a dhéanamh, oighear atá ann (sa chloch shneachta), in ionad sneachta, ach sin an t-ainm atá ar an gcineál frasaíochta seo.   Ós ag caint ar chlocha…

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Cé Mhéad Sneachta? Asking “How Much Snow” in Irish Posted by on Feb 11, 2017

(le Róislín) Depending on where you live, this may be the time of year for talking about how much snow (sneachta) has fallen in your area.  Or how much is on the ground.  Or how much will fall, according to the weather forecast (de réir réamhaisnéis na haimsire). So we’ll try a few sentences and…

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