Monthly Archives: June 2006

Crosscultural (mis)communication

I’m currently reading some very interesting information about language, culture and particularly crosscultural communication. The ability to speak a foreign language fluenty doesn’t necessarily make for smooth and trouble-free communication with native speakers of that language. There are many differences in the way people use language, such as in volume, intonation, pitch and tone, and […]

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Language 15 Comments

Ar ais arís anois (back again now)

Tháinig mé ar ais chuig Brighton areir i ndhiaidh turas fada go maith – d’fhág mé Gleann Cholm Cille ag a haon déag ar maidin agus chuaigh mé ar a bus go Baile Dún na nGall, cá bhualadh mé le ceann de na scoláire a bhí ar an cúrsa in Oideas Gael, agus rinne mé […]

Irish, Travel 1 Comment

Galway (again)

This morning I returned to Galway after three enjoyable and relaxing days on Inis Mór. While I was there I didn’t have internet access, so it’s taken me a while to delete all the spam – both emails and comments – that’ve been flooding in. Of the 220 messages in my email inbox, only about […]

Travel 8 Comments

Gaillimh (Galway)

I’ve just arrived in Galway and will be saying here one night before sailing off to Inishmor (Inis mór) tomorrow. I’ll probably spend this afternoon just relaxing and doing a bit of juggling in Eyre Square. The weather has been glorious so far – warm or hot and sunny every day. Quite a contrast to […]

Travel 1 Comment

Lachain bui (Yellow ducks)

Plastic yellow ducks have colonised the River Liffey and people have been spotted risking life and limb to retrive a few of them. Well I did see one lad jumb into to river to colllect a few of the ducks, and others have been climbing down the ladders attached to the side of the river. […]

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Baile Átha Clitha / Dublin

Well I’ve arrived in Dublin and am staying in a hostel in Lower Gardiner Street – it’s just outside the city centre so is handy for everywhere. Have just been for a wander around the city centre and St Stephen’s Green Park. There was even Japanese lad playing the harp on Grafton Street. Have yet to […]

Travel 3 Comments

Laethanta saoire

Tá mé ag dul go hÉirinn ar laethanta saoire amárach. Caithidh mé cupla lá i mBaile Átha Clitha, Gaillimh agus Inis Mór, agus ansin beidh mé a foghlaim níos mó Gaeilge i nGleann Cholm Cille. I’m off on my holidays to Ireland tomorrow. I’ll be spending a couple of days in Dublin, Galway and Inismor, […]

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Acronyms and abbreviations

At the online sales conference I attended today, we were bombared with a bewildering multitude of acronyms and abbreviations. There was much talk of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and SEM (Search Engine Marketing) – even knowing what these abbreviations stand for doesn’t necessarily help you to understand them, in some cases. An acronym is a […]

English, Language, Words and phrases 6 Comments