IRISH LANGUAGE Q&A

Q&A Le Siobhán Agus Aisling – Thursday January 21st 2021

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Watch back January’s Live Q&A with Aisling and Siobhán above!

Here are some notes and links from the Q&A:

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  • “Best piece of advice you have received during your Irish language learning journey”:
    • Aisling:
      • My friend who is a native speaker said to see what sounds better when trying to figure out the genitive. For example, bun + cathaoir = bun na cathaoireach (bottom of the chair), bun + sráid = bun na sráide (bottom of the street).
      • Also, a lecturer once said to us you are either learning a language or losing it. And at first I thought it was very daunting but it reframes how we view fluency. We are always learning, we aren’t racing to an end point. 
    • Siobhán:
      • Listening a ton and reading a ton.
      • Forcing yourself to find the correct phrase or word for something instead of using the English term when speaking is a great way to improve your Irish if you have someone to practice your Irish with, be that in person or online, in spoken or written form.
      • There’s never any shame in looking up the dictionary which is now a thousand times easier with the online dictionaries teanglann.ie and focloir.ie.
  • Cuid
    • You use cuid when the noun is in the plural e.g.: mo chuid leabhar = my books
    • Also used when the noun is in its singular form or when talking of things that are quantifiable: e.g.: do chuid Gaeilge = your Irish, ár gcuid airgid = your money, mo chuid bainne = my milk
    • the noun that follows cuid is in the genitive: airgead = money/silver, but ár gcuid airgid = your money
    • though cuid is not necessarily supposed to be used for a solid, inherent quality/property (e.g. body parts).(mo chosa = my feet) you will still often see and hear it used like this.
    • Cuid is also used to mean a share of something so do chuid Gaeilge could be translated as “your share of Irish“.
  • ag cur + noun
    • ag cur fearthainne / ag cur báistí – raining
    • ag cur sneachta – snowing
    • ag cur fola – bleeding
    • ceobhrán – drizzle
      • Tá ceobhrán ann – It’s drizzly
    • Ceobháisteach – heavy drizzle
      • ceobháisteach ann / Tá sé ag cur ceobháistí (possibly)- it’s drizzling heavily
    • ag cur cloichshneachta – “hailstoning”
    • ag cur flichshneachta – sleeting
    • ag cur seaca – freezing (frost forming)
      • sioc – frost (seaca is the genitive form)

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