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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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An Pionta Beo Posted by on May 21, 2011

(le Róislín) You might have been thinking it would be time to catch up on some of the other topics that have been hinted at during the course of the blog – the donkey sanctuaries (agus sibhse ag fanacht leis sin le fada, tá a fhios agam, a léitheoirí dílse), vigesimal counting (once traditional and…

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Muine Gall (Moneygall) agus Muineacha Eile Posted by on May 15, 2011

 (le Róislín) President Obama’s visit to one of his ancestral homelands, Moneygall, Co. Offaly, Ireland, provides us with an ideal segue from 4th-declension nouns (discussed in our most recent blogs) to international news events.  And this is one angle of his trip that I think has been overlooked by the majority, perhaps all, of the…

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Itsy, Bitsy, “-ín” is “-íní” (AINMFHOCAL + “-ín” = M4, de Ghnáth) Posted by on May 12, 2011

(le Róislín) We’ve recently seen various examples of 4th-declension nouns, both masculine and feminine.  A key feature for an ceathrú díochlaonadh is that its possessive forms are the same as the subject forms, so, fewer endings (hurá)!  It isn’t always possible to tell which gender a word is by looking at it, but there are some…

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An Ceathrú Díochlaonadh (4th-declension): Bealtaine, Duine, Domhainlascaine, srl., srl., srl. Posted by on May 4, 2011

(le Róislín) Why so many “srl.-anna” sa teideal?  Because there are so many different word-endings that fit this category, besides “-aine” and “-uine,” including a lot of the most recent borrowings, or adaptations, like “móideim” and “ríomhaire.”  Other major groups include most (but not absolutely all) “-ín” nouns, like “cailín” and “bóithrín,” and most nouns…

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Common, Commoner, -er/-est, -alty, -ality, -wealth (Coitianta, srl.) Posted by on Apr 29, 2011

(le Róislín) Sos eile ó na díochlaontaí! There’s lots of terminology connected to weddings, “ríoga” or not, and maybe we’ll do some of that in June, the traditional wedding month.  But, while nodding to “bainis ríoga William agus Kate,” I’ll just take a more pragmatic look at it, and focus on the word “commoner,” which…

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Gloine Beorach nó Oigiséad? Posted by on Mar 17, 2011

le Róislín To enjoy your liquid refreshment of choice on Lá Fhéile Pádraig, here are some units of measurement from which it might be consumed or in which it might be stored.  The list is in approximate size order, but specific sizes would be way too much detail for aon bhlag amháin. Tá an Béarla…

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