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Uirlisí Ceoil: Musical Instruments (18 Irish Words or Phrases) Posted by on Apr 7, 2018

(le Róislín) Recently we’ve been looking at the Irish words for various musical instruments, particularly those used for playing ceol traidisiúnta (naisc thíos). Today we’ll review the ten terms previously introduced and add eight more.  Additional suggestions are welcome, especially if anyone can think of some non-traditional instruments (uirlisí neamhthraidisiúnta) for playing ceol traidisiúnta. Today, we’ll…

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Ag Seinm Ceol Gaelach?  Irish Words for Musical Instruments and How to Use Them in Phrases (Pt./Cuid 1) Posted by on Mar 22, 2018

(le Róislín) It’s always fun to talk about music (ceol) and I’m sure many readers on this list are musicians (ceoltóirí, singular: ceoltóir).  Some of the names of Irish instruments are quite recognizable from an English-language perspective, and, to some extent, other languages as well.  One good example is “fliúit” as seen in the graphic…

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Ten Ways to Say “Bravo” in Irish (using Ceol, Gairm, Beannacht, Fáinne, etc.) Posted by on Feb 18, 2016

(le Róislín) Music lovers at a classical music concert will probably wait politely until the very end to call out “Bravo!” or “Brava!” during the applause.  But in the realm of Irish folk music, short phrases of encouragement are often used during the song or tune, offering encouragement to the performer.  They can all be…

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Ag seinm uirlisí ceoil, ó alpchorn go xileafón (Alpenhorn to Xylophone in Irish): Pt. 3: Pianó go siotar AGUS siotár Posted by on Mar 25, 2015

(le Róislín) Time for cuid a trí of our musical instrument series.  And yes, it will eventually end with “x,” not “z,” since I don’t see any musical instruments that start with a “z” in Irish.  No, not even the “zither.” There is an Irish word for “zither” (buíochas le Dia, a déarfadh Anton Karas…

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Ag seinm uirlisí ceoil, ó alpchorn go xileafón (Alpenhorn to Xylophone in Irish, pt. 1) Posted by on Mar 19, 2015

(le Róislín) Uirlisí ceoil ón alpchorn go dtí an xileafón.  And, just for good, ermm, measure (“líne“) here, we’ll nudge them into the “tuiseal ginideach,” so we can say “playing the alpenhorn” or “playing the xylophone.”  And why do we need “an tuiseal ginideach“?  And what is it, anyway? We saw a bit of it…

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An Bhfuil Ceol Agat? An Seinneann Tú an tAltsacsafón … an Xileafón? Posted by on Jun 17, 2009

 (le Róislín) There are several ways to ask in Irish if someone plays music.  Probably the most general is “An bhfuil ceol agat?”  This literally means “Is there music at you” and refers to playing or singing.  The construction where an activity is “at you” is widely used to ask about skills or abilities.  Some more…

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