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The Irish Language Blog Top Ten for 2015: Grandparents, Greetings, and Grá (and more, cait, mar shampla)   Posted by on Dec 31, 2015

(le Róislín) Over five years a-blogging and now it’s time to look back over the blianta (we started in 2009) and see what the most popular topics were. And we start with … <tormáil drumaí> … grandparents. Mór? Críonna? or Sean? — Grandparents By Any Other Name! https://blogs.transparent.com/irish/mor-crionna-or-s…y-any-other-name/, Posted on 09. Apr, 2009 byróislínin Irish Language So what’s…

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Some Irish Words Starting with the Letter ‘X’ (Part 1 of 2) Posted by on Sep 14, 2015

(le Róislín) As you might suspect, there are relatively few words in Irish that start with the letter ‘x,’ since it wasn’t part of the traditional original Irish alphabet (which was a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, l, m, n, o, p, r, s, t, and u). We’ve seen something similar for…

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Love (Grá) and the Art of Applying Initial Consonant Mutations in Irish Posted by on Feb 14, 2015

(le Róislín) In recent blogs and a few others from previous years, we’ve looked at ways to say “I love you,” in Irish.  Often these phrases include initial consonant mutation, so what better way to practice the mutations than with variations on a theme of “grá“? In this blog, I’ll use some of the phrases…

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Abair ‘I Love You’ i nDeich dTeanga (and Irish as the 11th) Posted by on Feb 11, 2015

(le Róislín) ‘Tis the season to speak of “amour,” and the more ways, plus on rit, n’est-ce pas?   So let’s briefly review the most traditional Irish phrase for “I love you,” and then we’ll look at the same phrase in 10 other languages.  So how much more Irish will you learn from that?  Well, the matching…

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An bhfuil do ghlas crochta crochta agat fós? Posted by on Feb 14, 2014

 (le Róislín) No, that’s not an overlooked duplication of words.  “Glas crochta” is a padlock (hmm, guess why that topic came up in today’s blog!) and “crochta” means “hung” or “hanging,” from the verb “croch” (hang). First let’s discuss the word “glas,” since it’s a triple homonym in Irish.  One “glas” means “green.”   A second…

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Deich nDóigh (10 Ways) le ‘I Love You’ a Rá i nGaeilge Posted by on Feb 8, 2013

(le Róislín) So, Irish has lots of ways to say “I love you,” but most of them don’t involve the verb “to love.”  How is that supposed to work?  Bhuel, with lots of téarmaí ceana (terms of endearment)!  In other words, you mostly use nouns to say that someone is your sweetheart, your darling, your…

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Saying “I love you” in Irish and Minding Your Velar Fricatives Posted by on Oct 9, 2011

(le Róislín) We’ve recently been looking at different ways to say “I love you” in Irish.  Some of you might have been wondering how to pronounce them, especially the phrases where the straightforward “grá” [graw] changes to “ghrá” [γraw, to be explained below, note the IPA gamma symbol for the “gh”] and the straightforward “croí” changes…

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