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Food and meals – breakfast

Breakfast An bricfeasta breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you say. And in Ireland they agree. There is nothing better than to start a day with a Full Irish Breakfast, or a “fry” as its shorter name rightfully suggests. Asking for an item on the table From that you can say: That …

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Video: Plural of Nouns

This video lesson is related to Plural of nouns which is the next lesson. After this lesson, you will be able to recognise and find out the plural of Irish words.  Online dictionaries www.teanglann.ie  www.focloir.ie

Plural of nouns

You’ll use the plural form of a noun when you’re talking about more than one. As an easy example, “apples” in English is the plural of “apple”. In Irish there are a lot of ways to put nouns into a plural form. In this lesson we break the most common plural forms into seven groups. …

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Are you married?

Seán, Aogán, and Tadhg continue their conversation by talking about their families. Step 1: Listen & Repeat: Slow Listen to the conversation below, repeating each line after the speaker. Do this as often as you like, until you are comfortable repeating the lines and can say them smoothly. AOGÁN: TADHG: AOGÁN: TADHG: AOGÁN: TADHG:  SEÁN: TADHG: SEÁN: …

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Food and meals – dinner

Dinner can be a sociable evening event or a family occasion, a big meal or a small snack. Dinner in Ireland normally refers to the main and biggest meal of the day, usually eaten in the late afternoon or evening, when parents come back from work and children are finished with their homework. On Saturday …

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Initial mutations: Eclipsis

This lesson is grammar-heavy. We use grammatical terms that may certainly not make sense to you. But go through it to familiarize yourself with the terms. Later you’ll be able to come back to this lesson and it will help explain some patterns you begin to hear in the Irish language. Ready? Let’s dive in. …

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Introducing people

In this conversation, Tadhg introduces his new friend, Seán, to his old friend Aogán. This is your chance to see in action what you may have already been learning. Step 1: Listen & Repeat: Slow Listen to the conversation below, repeating each line after the speaker. Do this as often as you like, until you are comfortable …

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Video: Conversational Connectors

This video lesson is related to Conversational Connectors which is the next lesson. After this lesson, you will be able to spice up your Irish sentences with phrases that will make your Irish sound more natural. 

Video: Polite Phrases

This video lesson is related to Excuse Me, Please, Thank you which is the next lesson. After this lesson, you will be able to thank others, excuse yourself and be mannerly when

Excuse Me, Please, Thank you

Of all the useful phrases you can learn in a language, perhaps the polite phrases — please, thank you, pardon/excuse me, you’re welcome, and I’m sorry — are the most useful of all.  From a cultural standpoint, much will be forgiven, if you come across as polite! In this lesson, you’ll learn some basic polite …

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Video: Asking questions

This video lesson is related to Bitesize Lesson:How to ask a question which is the next lesson. After this lesson, you will be able to ask if someone is home and understand the reply. 

Say It With Emphasis: Nouns

Introduction  “Hey, that’s my car!” “Put it in my car, not in the house!” “That bush is taller than my tree!” As you’ve guessed by now, there are many ways in which Irish and English differ. In this lesson you’ll learn one of the most fundamental differences: How to express emphasis. No Stress In English, we can stress, …

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Initial mutations: Prothesis

This lesson is grammar-heavy. We use grammatical terms that may certainly not make sense to you. But go through it to familiarize yourself with the terms. Later you’ll be able to come back to this lesson and it will help explain some patterns you begin to hear in the Irish language. (For our method to …

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Video: Seasons and months

This video lesson is related to Lesson: Seasons and months which is the next lesson. After this lesson, you will know the seasons and months in Irish Gaelic.

Seasons and months

In this lesson you are going to learn the names for months. The Irish word for a month is mí (and the plural míonna means months). Cultural background The Irish calendar doesn’t follow the seasons normal for the Northern Hemisphere (astronomical – beginnings of seasons on equinoxes and solstices; nor meteorological – beginning of seasons March 1st, …

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Pronouncing Irish First Names

Introduction In this lesson, you’ll learn how to pronounce some of the more common Irish given (“first”) names, as well as names you may encounter in Irish literature. While many Irish people have either English names or Anglicized forms of Irish names (for example “Shawn” instead of “Seán,” or “Owen” instead of “Eoin”), a great …

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Sports and activities

Start by learning these examples Let’s start by speaking about peil football. Which sport do you like? Now it’s your turn! Pick another sport from the lists below, and insert that into the senteces below while you are saying it outloud. Common sports Traditional Irish sports Hurling – a traditional sport with wooden sticks and a small …

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Professions, occupations

In this lesson, you will: Go from familiarizing yourself with the names of professions, To being able to say what’s your profession, And finishing that by asking someone else what they work at. Occupations, professions Saying what your profession is That’s the general pattern for saying what your profession is: Is + [your occupation] + …

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The workplace

In Lesson: Professions, occupations, you can learn a bit about the various jobs and professions one can have. On top of that, you practiced how to say what your own profession is. In this lesson, you’ll learn something about the places where people might work, and the things that might be found there. I work …

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Talking about pastimes

Before starting this lesson, you may want to check out or re-visit Lesson: Hobbies. Here, Seán and Aogán continue to get to know each other over dinner by talking about their hobbies and pastimes. Step 1: Listen & Repeat: Slow Listen to the conversation below, repeating each line after the speaker. Do this as often …

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