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How many roads?

Last week I learned that there are quite a few words for roads in Irish. These include: bóthar [ˈbˠoːhəɾˠ] = road; way, manner. From the Proto-Celtic *bow-itros (cow path). Related words in other Celtic languages: – bóthar [boː.ər] = alley, lane (Scottish Gaelic) – bayr [bajr] = avenue, drive, lane, pad, roadway (Manx) – beidr […]

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Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?

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Difficult Irish

Following on from my last post, I decided to look at words for difficult, and related words, in Irish today. There are a number of different words for difficult in Irish: – deacair = hard, difficult; difficulty; hardship, distress; (used in Connacht) – doiligh = hard, difficult; hard to bear, distressing; hard to deal with; […]

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A difficult language?

Quite a few people I’ve talked to here in Glencolmcille have told me that Irish is a difficult language. This got me thinking about what makes a language difficult to learn. Here are some aspects of Irish that learners may find difficult: Spelling and Pronunciation Irish spelling takes quite a while to get used to. […]

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Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?

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Linguistic adventures

This week I have been speaking quite a bit of Irish. Even though I rarely speak it at home, it is usually there when I need it. When trying to understand songs or poems in Irish, I realise that there are plenty of gaps in my vocabulary, but I can at least get the gist […]

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Turrys foddey / Turas fada / A Long Journey

Last night I arrived safely in Glencolmcille in Donegal in the northwest of Ireland. I left Peel at 8am, went by bus to Ronaldsway airport, flew to Dublin, then took buses all the way to Glencolmcille, arriving just before 8pm, so it took nearly 12 hours. I met people I know from previous visits to […]

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Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?

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Celtic conversations

This week I’ve had quite a few conversations in Manx. I only speak it when I come to the Isle of Man, and when I meet Manx learners at polyglot events. At the beginning of the week my Manx was decidedly rusty, but it’s starting to flow now. When I don’t know a word or […]

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Who are the Celts?

This week I am in the Isle of Man for the CeltFest, a festival of Manx and Celtic music and culture. There are lunchtime concerts every day at the Noa bakehouse in Douglas, and concerts and other events every night in Peel. Last night I went to a fascinating talk by Alice Roberts, an anatomist, […]

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