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Irish ‘Fill in the Blanks’ for ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ (Dhá Lá Dhéag na Nollag) (cuid/part 1 of 2) Posted by on Dec 28, 2017

(le Róislín) What kind of bird (cén sórt éin) is that in the tree?  And what kind of tree (cén sórt crainn) is it?  How would you fill in the phrase “sé __ __ __ ag breith“?  And what are those píobairí and drumadóirí doing ar an 11ú lá agus an 12ú lá den Nollaig? …

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Twenty Ways to Say ‘Happy’ in Irish and Which Ones to Use for ‘Christmas’ and ‘New Year’ Posted by on Dec 25, 2017

(le Róislín) In various previous blogposts (naisc thíos) we’ve looked at how to say “happy” in Irish.  Like many times when we go from one language to another, it seems like the more you look, the more possibilities you find.  So right now, the count for “happy” is at twenty, and I’m sure a few…

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Puzal Fuascailte agus Litreacha Doiléire Doléite Léite: A Puzzle Solved and Fuzzy Unreadable Letters Read, Plus Some Irish Cooking Vocabulary Posted by on Dec 22, 2017

(le Róislín) First, let me say that as far as cooking vocabulary goes, this blogpost is very specific to discussing “craiceann criostalaithe,” so general cooking vocabulary (like “bruith,” meaning “cook,” “bake,” “boil,” and “grill”) will have to wait for another blogpost.  If that’s a topic you’d like to see discussed further, please do write in…

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A Partial Glossary for “Silent Night” in Irish (Oíche Chiúin) and in Welsh (Tawel/Dawel Nos), plus a nod toward the German (Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht) Posted by on Dec 17, 2017

(le Róislín) As you might guess from looking at the graphic above, today’s blogpost will deal with some vocabulary for the Christmas carol, “Silent Night.”  We’ll mostly focus on the Irish text, of course, but I thought I’d include a few notes on the Welsh, particularly because almost every version of it that I’ve seen…

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How many ‘happys’ are there in Irish for the various seasonal greetings? Posted by on Dec 14, 2017

(le Róislín) How many ways are there to say ‘happy’ in Irish? Quite a few, but for right now we’ll concentrate on two seasonal variations. One will be for saying ‘Happy Christmas,’ which in US English would be ‘Merry Christmas,’ and the other will be for ‘Happy New Year. The bottom line is that neither…

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