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From ‘Multilingual Madness’ to the ‘Siege Perilous’ via a Discussion of ‘Ord na bhFocal’ in Irish Posted by on Apr 14, 2014

 (le Róislín) Lately we’ve looked at the possibilities for saying “multilingual” and “madness” in Irish (ilteangach, buile, among other choices).  The next question is how do we put the two words together.   We’ll follow the typical word order in Irish, first noun, then adjective.   This is the reverse of the normal word order in English…

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An tUile-Chuimhneoir sa Leabhar Harry Potter agus an Órchloch Posted by on Jun 9, 2010

(le Róislín)  Since we’ve talked so much about memory lately … An cuimhin leat an tUile-Chuimhneoir [un TIL-eh-KHIV-nyorzh] a sheol seanmháthair Neville Longbottom chuige?  An féidir leat cur síos air?  (Cén chuma atá air?)  Dath?  Cruth?  Méid, srl.? An bhfuil a fhios agat cén Béarla atá air? An bhfuil a fhios agat cén sórt focail…

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An Chéad Lá den Earrach (The First Day of Spring) – Not! Posted by on Mar 21, 2009

(le Róislín)  Shortly after St. Patrick’s Day, we welcome in an tEarrach (the Spring).  Or do we? We may be accustomed to thinking of March 20th or 21st as the beginning of Spring, but there is actually a lot of controversy in English as to whether Spring starts on the first of the month or…

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As Easy as “a hAon, a Dó, a Trí” – Na Maoluimhreacha i nGaeilge Posted by on Mar 19, 2009

(le Róislín) Quite a few of the basic Irish numbers from one to ten are recognizable if you know at least one other European language.  In each case, the actual number is preceded by the single letter “a,” which here is the numerical particle.  It has no actual meaning.  It simply indicates that a “maoluimhir”…

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