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How to say ‘rat’ in Irish and a continuation of the glossary for ‘An Píobaire Breac’ (an t-aistriúchán le Seán Ó Dúrois) (Cuid 3) Posted by on Sep 30, 2017

(le Róislín) Bhuel, the Christmas carol, “Dhá Lá Dhéag na Nollag” may refer to “aon phíobaire dhéag,” but I could only come up with five pipers (cúigear píobairí) so far for the graphic for this blogpost.  Nevertheless, it’s interesting to see the different styles of illustration and different approaches to his “pied-ness” — is it…

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Whose beret?  Bairéad an fhrancaigh nó bairéad an Fhrancaigh?  Nó bairéad an phúdail?  (Showing possession in Irish) Posted by on Sep 28, 2017

(le Róislín) Let’s take a short break from the actual vocabulary we’ve been working on for “An Píobaire Breac,” Seán Ó Dúrois’s translation of Robert Browning’s “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” (nasc agus eolas foilseacháin thíos). With rats as the inspiration, as you can see in the graphic above, I thought it would be fun…

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How to say ‘rat’ in Irish and a continuation of the glossary for ‘An Píobaire Breac’ (an t-aistriúchán le Seán Ó Dúrois) (Cuid 2) Posted by on Sep 25, 2017

(le Róislín) Today we’ll continue the glossary started in the previous blog (nasc thíos) to help with reading “An Píobaire Breac,” Seán Ó Dúrois’s lively translation of Robert Browning’s “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” (Eolas foilseacháin thíos). First a brief review from last time.  There are two main ways to say “rat” in Irish, one…

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How to say ‘rat’ in Irish and a preliminary glossary for reading ‘An Píobaire Breac’ (an t-aistriúchán le Seán Ó Dúrois) (Cuid 1 as 4) Posted by on Sep 23, 2017

(le Róislín) In today’s post, we’ll look at one of my favorite translations into Irish, Seán Ó Dúrois’s version of Robert Browning’s “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.”  The two words that intrigue me the most are “francach” and “luch mhór,” both of which mean “rat.”  But they each have at least one other potential meaning,…

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Creathanna Talún (Earthquakes): Some Irish Words for Discussing Their Magnitude (Méideanna) and Impact (Iarmhairtí) Posted by on Sep 20, 2017

(le Róislín) I note, with sadness, yet another tubaiste nádúrtha, the calamity in Mexico (an matalang i Meicsiceo). You might remember that we dealt with creathanna talún earlier in this series (nasc thíos), when a “crith talún” struck the island of “Háítí.”  That blogpost taught some of the relevant vocabulary for discussing creathanna talún, such…

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