People contact us every day about Irish language curiosities, travel questions, and about Irish culture. Here’s a selection of questions we’ve received in the past few weeks. The answers might lead you to learn something new.
How do I say “I wish” in Irish Gaelic?
Asked by Lori.
There are many ways of saying “I wish” in Irish, depending on the context.
One way of saying it is “Is mian liom.” This can also mean “I desire.” Pronunciation here on forvo.com.
Here is a full dictionary entry on “wish” on focloir.ie. Pronunciations included.
Counting in Irish
Dia dhuit! (I know very little irish)
I would like to learn how to count in Irish, mainly the first one hundred
To count from one to ten, there are lots of YouTube videos on that.
People love the nursery rhyme that we have in Bitesize Lesson: Count from 1 to 10 (for members) that helps you remember the numbers. If you’re not a member, you could take our free trial that lasts for 21 days.
Children’s books in Irish
Hi there, I have a three month old grandson, his name is Cormac! We live in Australia and Cormac’s grandparents and aunties live in Galway. Cormac’s parents have bought a house in Galway and might go and live there when Cormac starts school. I would like to learn Irish so I can read books to him from an early age and teach him the basics. I speak Dutch English, French and German and think I can handle one more language. Could you advise me where I can get children’s books in Irish? Joyce.
We would like to recommend litriocht.com for buying children’s books.
It is a best place for buying these books because of their extensive range.
Are you familiar with Bewley’s 1840 Gold Blend Tea “Dublins Finest Tea? Darnell.
For sure! We’re tea lovers. Other big brands in Ireland are Barry’s and Lyons (owned by Unilever). It’s hard to find a very bad black tea in Ireland. I buy a store-brand variety, and its good.
That reminds me of a phrase I like:
Marbh le tae, agus marbh gan é.
/Morv leh tay, ogg-us morv gon ay./
“Dead with tea, dead without it.”
To finish off, Darnell also sent us a link to this Hot House Flowers song that he likes:
Do you have more questions? Ask below this blog post by leaving a reply, or contact us. If you’re a member of Bitesize Irish Gaelic, you can also start up a conversation with us on our private members-only Facebook group.