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How to say ‘water-lily’ in Irish, without using the word ‘uisce’ (water) Posted by on Jun 17, 2019

(le Róislín) Intriguingly, Irish has quite a few words for water-lily.  For water-lilies in general, we have bual-lile, bior-rós, duilleog bháite, and póicín locha.  More specifically, for distinct types, we have bacán bán or duilleog bháite bhán, for the white, and cabhán abhann, duilleog bháite bhuí, and liach-loghar, for the yellow. With compound words like…

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There’s No Place Like Home: Irish Vocabulary for Describing a Hamster’s Cage Posted by on May 31, 2019

(le Róislín)  Lately we’ve been writing about hamstair (hamsters) and specifically the Irish words for different foods that they eat.  Now we’ll check out their digs — a “cás hamstair” and its typical “troscán.” This will also be some practice with matching up Irish nouns and adjectives and using numbers to say how many of…

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Oiriúintí Rothair – Irish Terms for Some Bicycle Accessories Posted by on May 29, 2018

(le Róislín) From the decorative (tassels or streamers) to the practical (puncture repair kit), let’s look at some Irish words for bicycle accessories, continuing the téama rothaíochta we’ve been working on for the last few posts (naisc thíos).  As you can see, the words are presented as a little matching game. Seo na téarmaí, le…

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Irish Vocabulary Round-up for ‘Comhrá idir Hamstar agus Seirbil’ Posted by on Feb 6, 2016

(le Róislín)   Our most recent post introduced some vocabulary specific to hamster and gerbil cages, as Hamaltún an Hamstar and Searbhán an tSeirbil compared their accommodations (nasc thíos). Let’s take a closer look and check out some more general vocabulary as well. A. Céard Atá sna Cásanna? ámóg [AWM-ohg], hammock ardán codlata [AWRD-awn KUL-uh-tuh…

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Which Celtic Language Has 5 Words for ‘Hamster’ (Leid: Ní hí an Ghaeilge í!)? Posted by on Jan 28, 2016

(le Róislín) Bhuel, as the title of this blog post suggests, Irish isn’t the Celtic language that has five words for ‘hamster.’   Or as “an leid” in the title said, “Ní hí an Ghaeilge í.” In fact, we can take care of the Irish word for ‘hamster’ quite tidily: hamstar, a hamster.  Note that the…

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Cineálacha Rothaí – Including the “Scottie Pinwheel” Posted by on Jan 26, 2013

le Róislín When I first heard about the Scottie Pinwheel (‘sea, sé bhrocaire Albanacha ag siúl timpeall ar mhol, agus cad é atá sa mhol sin ach “babhla bainne gabhair,” a bowl of goat’s milk), I thought “Now there’s a great phrase to translate.”   Perhaps you’ve seen the video? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDa0z0gEvI4 But, of course, there are lots of…

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Ag Meaitseáil na bhFocal leis na Seanfhocail Posted by on Nov 13, 2009

Hopefully this will prove an entertaining but useful review of the seanfhocail we just learned.  Below we’ll have a few more proverbs to fill in that will be new for this blog (old, of course, mar eolas traidisiúnta).  The choices are given first in a word bank, since columns may not work out in the…

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