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Saying “I Love You” in Irish (without the verb “to love”) Posted by on Oct 6, 2011

le Róislín How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways, but, at least for Irish, not the verbs. No verbs, hunh?  What’s all that about? One of the first steps for learning Latin, at least when I was in school, was learning to conjugate the verb “to love” – amo, amas (I love…

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Laethe Madrúla an tSamhraidh (ca. 3 Iúil go ca. 11 Lúnasa) Posted by on Jul 8, 2011

(le Róislín)           Before we return to our discussion of 5th-declension nouns, let’s talk about one more ábhar tráthúil: laethe madrúla an tsamhraidh. Three basic words, somewhat disguised by plural endings, a t-prefix, and a genitive-case ending.  Laethe [LAY-huh], pl., from “lá,” day; sometimes this plural form is given as “laethanta.”…

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Cá Bhfuil Tú i do Chónaí? I “mBratach Mheiriceá,” AZ (!) Posted by on Jul 4, 2011

(le Róislín) Bhí mé réidh le níos mó a scríobh faoi na trídhathaigh a bhfuil ceithre dhath orthu, ach tháinig mé ar bheagán eolais faoin scáilbhaile, Bratach Mheiriceá, in Arizona agus shíl mé go mbeadh sé suimiúil blaigín a scríobh faoi.  Ciallaíonn ainm an bhaile “American Flag.”  Go teoiriciúil, d’fhéadfadh duine “Tá mé i mo…

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Agus Arís Eile (Ag Comhaireamh Linn) Posted by on Jun 30, 2011

(le Róislín) One last fling perhaps at counting réaltaí agus riabha before we move on to ábhair eile.  Can you match the following descriptions with the specific state that was added to create the new design? All of the descriptions concern the cúinneán, since the machaire stays the same, always with trí riabh déag, siombail…

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Whither “Nathair”? Mar “Athair” nó Mar “Chathair”? Posted by on Jun 6, 2011

(le Róislín) So, you’re staring at the Irish word “nathair” and wondering which way to go for its tuiseal ginideach and its foirmeacha iolra.   Is it going to be like “cathair” or is it going to be like “athair”? Before we actually answer that (why cut to the chase when we can prevaricate and still…

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Declensions, Generally Speaking Posted by on May 30, 2011

(le Róislín) Next time the gnáthmhionchaint grows tedious at some required but understimulating social event, maybe you’d like to liven up the chat by mentioning declensions.  The conversation could have far-reaching implications, like “When is a category a category?” and “When is a category a sub-category?”  If it’s anything like “adamhach” and “fo-adamhach,” sin scéal…

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Practice with “Piontaí” Posted by on May 24, 2011

(le Róislín) To wrap up this Guinnessian interlude, and before we return to díochlaontaí, how about some hands-on practice with ordering pints, or otherwise discussing them?  This will foreshadow an upcoming unit on “uimhreacha” in general.  Some of you will have done this before, but I hope you’ll find that “sraith” interesting and perhaps a…

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