All Blog Posts Tagged 'Irish Language' (31)

Learning Gaeilge: Staying Motivated

Whether you’re studying Gaeilge as a native Irish person or as part of the Irish diaspora, the most important aspect to consider is staying motivated. It is true that there're several ways to achieve this goal,…

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Added by David Joyce on March 4, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments


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How To Write Your Valentine's Day Cards 'As Gaeilge'

Can you hear that?  Ah yes ... That's the annual stampede of…

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Added by Meabh Ann on February 7, 2015 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Etymology of the Name Ireland, Éire, Erin

In Gaelic myth, Ériu, Banbha and Fódla were three goddesses who greeted the Milesians upon their arrival in Ireland, and who granted them custody of the island.

Ériu is generally believed to have been the matron…

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Added by Dee Notaro on January 31, 2015 at 5:00am — 3 Comments


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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Eámonn Ceannt

Éamonn Ceannt is a little-known leader of the 1916 Easter Rising. Born in Ballymoe in County Galway, he was one of nine children. His father was an RIC Officer…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on January 26, 2015 at 12:30pm — 17 Comments

Surnames: Caledonia and Hibernia - 'Mac' or 'Mc'

Mac, Gaelic for "son", is the most common element of Scottish and Irish surnames. In both countries, Mc is always an…

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Added by Dee Notaro on January 10, 2015 at 4:30am — 3 Comments

Cognitive Advantages for Speakers of Irish and Gaeligeoiri of Irish-Medium Schools

Irish is considered to be the first uttered literary language of Europe. The ancient Gaeilge of Ireland served as the seed language for Scottish Gaelic and Manx, just as the venerable Irish gene pool originally spread…

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Added by Jeanne D'Brant on December 14, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Free Printable Irish Christmas Cards

Fancy sending an Irish greeting this Christmas?  Simply click on the image you like to open a PDF file, and then print the card on your home printer!

"Nollaig Shona" translates to "Happy Christmas" in the Irish language.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 3, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Studying Gaeilge: Thinking Like a Native Speaker

Let’s face it, studying any language gets boring after a while even if the language itself is fun. To resolve this problem, we need to examine the nature of language and how to use that to our advantage. The most…

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Added by David Joyce on September 26, 2014 at 4:30pm — 8 Comments

American University to Study Irish Tongue ... Literally

“Although we all have tongues, we are surprisingly bad at knowing precisely what they're doing or conveying that to others,” says UC Santa Cruz professor of linguistics Jaye Padgett.

Tongue motion, it turns…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on September 23, 2014 at 1:14pm — 3 Comments

Building a Specialized Vocabulary in Gaeilge

If you've studied Gaeilge for any amount of time in the United States than you probably have experienced the problem of expanding beyond the basic vocabulary. However, if you live in Ireland you might have a different experience. For those who want to learn advanced vocab there is a studying method which is always helpful to those…

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Added by David Joyce on September 17, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Learning How to Speak Like a Native Irish Speaker

Like any other language, the goal is to constantly aim for a higher level of written and spoken understanding. The path to this enlightenment can be achieved by taking the next step of predicting what native speaks…

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Added by David Joyce on September 9, 2014 at 9:00pm — 9 Comments

Fíbín Set to Bring Exciting Irish Language Show to NYC

We bring you exciting news as our friends and Wild Geese Irish Heritage Partners Fíbín Teo,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 22, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

Building a Foundation for Understanding Irish Gaelic

Without a doubt, one of the most challenging parts of learning Irish is understanding Irish speakers in person, on TV, or on radio. This can be especially hard for those who live outside of Ireland. However, there…

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Added by David Joyce on August 21, 2014 at 2:30pm — 9 Comments

Learning Gaeilge: The First Steps

It is often said that learning Irish Gaelic is difficult, and there is some truth to this. However, I’m a strong advocate in the belief that it can be simplified with the proper study methods. 10 years ago I began…

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Added by David Joyce on August 19, 2014 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

Éilís Crean: Passing on 'The Irish Gift'

The  following is a transcript from the LIVE Community Chat held here at TheWildGeese.com on Friday, June 20, 2014 with with Éilís…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 20, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Queen Elizabeth's Irish Phrasebook

In the 1560s, Queen Elizabeth I began to see the value in becoming familiar with the Irish language.  The Queen was already well versed in the French, Italian, Latin and Greek languages.  There can be little doubt that her…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on June 4, 2014 at 3:00am — 5 Comments

Catching Up on Cúirt with Festival Director Dani Gill

I recently sat down with the Director of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Dani Gill (picture above).  The Cúirt festival is in its 29th year here in Galway, and they have gone from strength to strength as one…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on April 8, 2014 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Irish Family Trees

How I am Finding (and Strengthening) My Irish Roots

by Kristin Waggoner, for The Irish Gift…

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Added by The Irish Gift on February 27, 2014 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

How I Learn Irish Gaelic Online

A Life-Long Fascination with Gaeilge

by Crystailín Narayana, for The Irish Gift…

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Added by The Irish Gift on February 27, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

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