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What food can hamsters eat? (plé i nGaeilge – a discussion in Irish) Posted by on Apr 30, 2019

(le Róislín) Cúpla bliain ó shin scríobh mé blagmhír faoi sheirbil agus hamstar, iad ag cur síos ar a gcásanna agus ag rá an raibh ámóg nó caochóg nó tigín nó rudaí eile mar sin acu.  Ar ndóigh, beagán antrapamorfachais a bhí ann.  (Nasc thíos) A few years ago, I wrote an Irish blogpost about…

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A ‘Seanfhocail’ (Irish Proverbs) Fill-in-the Blank Challenge  Posted by on Apr 20, 2019

(le Róislín) A few years ago, we did a few blog posts on Irish proverbs (seanfhocail, lit. “old words”; naisc thíos / links below), which are always a popular language learning tool. The seanfhocail not only teach vocabulary and sentence structure, but they’re often also fun (Ní hé lá na gaoithe lá na scolb), pithy…

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How to say ‘port’ and ‘starboard’ in Irish and a few other nautical terms Posted by on Mar 31, 2019

(le Róislín)   Nautical terms have always intrigued me, including such colorful ones as “scuttlebutt” and “three sheets to the wind.”  So today I thought I’d cover a few of the most basic terms pertaining to parts of a boat or ship.  If there’s interest, perhaps we can cover more such terms in the future…

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How to say “steep slope” and “switchback” in Irish Posted by on Mar 21, 2019

(le Róislín) Cá bhfuil an tsráid seo?  Where is this street?  Perhaps you recognized it, Lombard Street in San Francisco.  Not quite the steepest residential street in the word — that honor belongs to Baldwin Street, Dunedin, NZ — but certainly one of the steepest  (ar cheann de na sráideanna cónaithe is géire ar domhan)…

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Ten Irish Phrases for Snowflake and Whether They Use ‘Sneachta’ or ‘Shneachta’ Posted by on Feb 28, 2019

(le Róislín) I have to admit that I was surprised at how many Irish words for “snowflake” I found as I researched the previous blog (nasc thíos).  Before we move on to some other topics, I thought it would be good to review them one more time, looking specifically at how to say “a snowflake”…

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The Irish Words for ‘Snowflake’ — Calóga and More! (with ‘sneachta,’ of course) Posted by on Feb 20, 2019

(le Róislín) Irish may not have as many different words for “snow” as the Inuit (estimated at between four and a hundred, depending on how we define “different”), but it does have a healthy range of words for “snowflake.” The Irish word for ‘snow,’ as many of you may already know, is “sneachta,” a nice…

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Where the ‘fianna’ and the ‘antalóip’ play? Irish words for some quadrupeds! Posted by on Jan 31, 2019

(le Róislín) Remember the Irish for “unicorn” and “rhinoceros” from the last blog?  If not, freagraí thíos.  Last time we also included the Irish word “biorbheannach,” which refers to another horned quadruped (ceathairchosach).  Remember what that one was?  If not, freagra also thíos and a picture of it is thuas. Having looked at those animals…

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