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It’s Lá na Meán Sóisialta (Social Media Day) and Irish speakers worldwide will be joining in the craic online with their cúpla focal. Here’s are a few great phrases to get you started:

For most, March 1 marks the official start to the countdown to Saint Patrick’s Day and the beginning of Irish-American heritage month but for Irish speakers and Irish-language lovers, it also marks the start of a 17-day celebration of our native language and all the things that are great about it.

While Irish should be feted for the beautiful language it is the whole way through the year, Seachtain na Gaeilge (“The Week of Irish,” that actually lasts much longer than a week) is the time in March when we can take advantage of the increased passion and interest in Irish culture to encourage people to extend that interest in Irish, in particular, into other times of the year as well.

Read more: 2018 is officially the year of the Irish language

There have been plenty of great Seachtain na Gaeilge events so far, including Pop-Up Gaeltachtaí taking place all over the world, but today, in particular, is Lá na Meán Sóisialta (Social Media Day). We’ll take to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and all the rest of the online platforms to show the world not just how many people speak the language but the many ways that you can learn it, practice it, and actively use Irish in your day-to-day life.

While IrishCentral has previously put together a guide on how to learn Irish for free online, for the day that’s in it the video below has some new phrases that will get you started off on Lá na Meán Sóisialta.

If you want to take part, simply post in Irish/with as much Irish as you can muster, on social media using the hashtag #LNMS18. Make sure to tag IrishCentral as well so we can see just how many of our readers are Irish speakers and learners.

You can also use the hashtags #Gaeilge2018 for Bliain na Gaeilge (the Year of Irish), which is running throughout 2018 to mark the 125th anniversary of the start of the Irish-language revival movement, or the hashtag #SnaG18 for Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Read more: Swearing and cursing in Irish, funny phrases ‘as Gaelige’

You can find some more great phrases here. Bain triail aisti! (Try it out!)

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