Aodhán O'Dea, Stiúrthóir Forbartha/ Director of Development with Conradh na Gaeilge, Glór na nGael and Comhluadar, is passionate about the Irish language.
He's come up with an interesting challenge for those who think they've not a word of the language that's he's kindly given us permission to share. Do you know the meaning of these 101 words as Gaeilge?
“Ah sure I don’t have a word of Irish” is one of those throwaway phrases we hear regularly about an Ghaeilge. My response to this is to challenge them to think about it and they normally have lots of Irish; hundreds of words in fact, and can put basic sentences together.
If you studied Irish through school and think you have forgotten it all you might just surprise yourself by having a read of the list below. I bet you will know most of them if not all:
Conas atá tú?
Go raibh maith agat
So how did you get on? Find out what each word meant in our answer list here.
Now all you need to do is start making sentences with them and you will be back speaking Irish in no time! Be positive about the language, try out your “cúpla focal” – you would be surprised how fast it comes back to you!
Find the answers here.
For more Irish language information visit www.cnag.ie.
*Originally published in March 2014.