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Nature Words: the Irish for ‘almond’ and a baker’s dozen of related terms Posted by on Sep 18, 2019

(le Róislín)   Recently, we’ve been looking at the nature words stricken from the Oxford Junior Dictionary [English] about 10 years ago.  As you may recall, words like “acorn” and “almond” were removed from the dictionary and replaced by tech terms like “analog” and “MP3 player.”  I’ve posed the question several times now in this…

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The Taste of the Food (from a hamster’s viewpoint): Blas an Bhia (ó radharc hamstair) agus Cleachtadh leis an Tuiseal Ginideach Posted by on May 18, 2019

(le Róislín) Last time we looked at different foods (bianna éagsúla) that hamsters can and can’t eat and practiced the Irish vocabulary for 35 different edible items (nasc thíos/link below). This time we’ll look at those same foods and determine if they are “Neam-neam!” or “Uch!” Of course, there could be a third category, foods…

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Irish Words ending with ‘-íceach’ and sometimes ‘-ícigh’ or ‘-ící’ – dosaen fada díobh Posted by on Aug 29, 2018

(le Róislín) From “-icí” [IK-ee] to “-ící” [EEK-ee]!  In the last blogpost (nasc thíos) we looked at some Irish words ending in “-icí,” either in their basic structure, like “dicí” or “soinicí”  or in an inflected form, like “picnicí,” “gúsnaicí,” or “ceimicí.”  Today we’ll look at a few Irish words ending in “-íceach,” which in…

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An Caisearbhán (The Dandelion), Cuid 2: Other Names for ‘Dandelion’ in Irish Posted by on May 27, 2016

(le Róislín)   Last time we looked at the word most typically taught for “dandelion” (caisearbhán [kah-SHAR-uh-vawn]) and checked out its interesting etymology (cos, foot, or maybe gas, stem + searbh, bitter + -án).  Today we’ll look at the different ways this word can be used in sentences or phrases, and then we’ll move on to…

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Nite, Bruite, is Ite — Na Prátaí (aka Fataí), That Is! Posted by on Nov 5, 2013

(le Róislín) While potatoes are a popular food year round and worldwide, they are especially popular at this time of year in the U.S. with Lá Altaithe approaching.   This is one of few times, at least i mo thaithí féin, when more than one kind of práta is typically served with a meal. In Ireland…

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Na Ceithre Shéasúr (The Four Seasons, in Gaeilge) Posted by on Sep 30, 2012

(le Róislín) Before completely leaving an féilire, the subject of the last four blogs, let’s take a look at the Irish words for the four seasons.  In addition, we’ll look at the adjectives pertaining to winter, spring, summer, and autumn/fall, both in their classy Latinate versions, like “(a)estival,” and in the more everyday tone, like…

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Na Focail “Beoir” agus “Leann” i nGaeilge (Beer and Ale) Posted by on Mar 16, 2012

(le Róislín) I’m sure lots of people have lots of thoughts about beer and ale at this festive time of year.  Probably most folks aren’t “declining” those nouns at the moment.  That’s “declining” as a grammatical term, of course, not literally turning down or rejecting.  But if you’re reading this blog, that’s what we’re in…

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