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Irish reading practice + quiz (translation + answers) Posted by on Sep 24, 2021 in Literature


Here is the translation as well as the answers to the quiz from our last blog post.


I’m Maria. I am Spanish but I have lived in Ireland for a few years. I work in a restaurant in Dublin. I love this country and the Irish but everyday life is very different. I come from a small village in the countryside. Dublin is very big and very busy. Where I lived, the Spaniards get up around eight o’clock and start working between nine and a half after nine. In Dublin, I get up at half past six in the morning. I enter the city on the Luas and start work in the restaurant at eight o’clock. I drink a cup of coffee quickly and make the breakfast for the customers. I don’t have my own breakfast until half past ten.

I start work again at eleven and work until half past two. I eat my lunch in the restaurant and then go out for a walk or look at the shops, or have a cup of coffee with a friend. I then start working at four and work until eight o’clock.

If I get tired, I just go home and watch TV or read a book. Often, I meet my friends in the city and go to a movie. Now and then we go to the pub and listen to a music group play. I love traditional music – I often listen to it on the radio and go to sessions in the pub near my house. In the summer, I go for a walk by the sea and sometimes I go swimming. I am usually free on Sundays and Mondays. I love those days!

1.She doesn’t eat breakfast.

 B False

2. She drinks coffee in the office at 9 o’clock.

 B False

3. If she is tired, she goes home and goes to bed.

B False

4. She often goes to a movie with friends.

A True

5. She doesn’t like traditional music.

A True B False C Not stated

6. In the summer, she goes home to Spain.

A True B False C Not stated

7. She is off work two days a week.

A True B False C Not stated


Since we just focused on some reading practice, I wanted to point out that this month it is Library Card Sign-up Month in the US! In celebration, I just wanted to give a shout-out to your local library. Your library is the hub of your community, offering audio-books, games, access to technology, events, book clubs, etc. Your local library will even offer subscriptions or materials specific to language learning.Check out here to see whether or not your local library offers Transparent Language Online so you can get started practicing your Irish online for free.

If you’re located in Ireland – you’re in luck, because every public library in the country offers Transparent Language Online to their community for free.

One of my favorite Irish sayings is: “Is fearr Gaeilge briste, ná Béarla cliste“, which translates to “Broken Irish is better than clever English.” It’s never too late to start learning a language and reclaiming the Irish language, especially if you have Irish roots, is a great place to start.

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Just your average Irish-American Italo-Francophone. Client Engagement for Transparent Language.

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