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All Things Nature in Irish Q&A

Niall and Siobhán discussed Irish language words, phrases, and customs related to fauna, flora, and the weather. I imagine there are some very poetic names for flowers and plants in Irish. Could you give some examples? [01:42] There are many plant names beginning with the word lus (plant, herb) that have very evocative meanings. lus …

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How to say Mo Ghile Mear in Irish

Let’s learn the chorus and first two verses of the famous Irish song Mo Ghile Mear. The modern form of the song was composed in the early 1970s by Dónal Ó Liatháin using a traditional air collected in Cúil Aodha, County Cork, and lyrics selected from Irish language poems of the 18th century Cork poet Seán “Clárach” Mac …

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How to say Nativity Scene in Irish

Let’s learn how to say nativity scene in Irish and also the names for figurines commonly found in a nativity scene. The Irish for nativity scene, or a crib as it’s also known as, is mainséar /mawn-shayr/. Another term for it is beithilín /beh-hel-een/ which comes from Beithil /Beh-hel/, the Irish for Bethlehem. A figurine …

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How to say Winter in Irish

Let’s learn how to say winter and some winter-related vocabulary.  Winter in Irish is geimhreadh (Connacht: /geev-ra/ Munster: /gee-ra/ Ulster: /gev-roo/). It’s often referred to as an geimhreadh /on gev-ra/, literally “the winter”. It’s winter in Irish is tá an geimhreadh ann /taw an gev-ra awn/. Winter weather is aimsir gheimhridh /am-shir ghiv-ree/ .Aimsir /am-shir/ …

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How to say Exercise in Irish

Let’s learn some common words associated with fitness as Gaeilge. Watch the video above to hear the words listed below. Exercise/fitness aclaíocht /ok-lee-ukht/ I exercise. Déanaim aclaíocht. /jay-num ok-lee-ukht/ I exercise every day. Déanaim aclaíocht gach lá. /jay-num ok-lee-ukht gokh law/  I am fit. Tá mé aclaí. /Taw may ok-lee/ I am unfit. Tá mé …

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