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Re-connecting with our native language this St Patrick's Weekend.

In celebration of St Patrick's Weekend, our friend Mairead who is a secondary school teacher has written a thought-provoking and helpful piece on re-discovering (or discovering for some!) our native tongues. Go raibh maith agat Mairead!

It's that time of the year again when we all start thinking of the 'cúpla focal' we once stored safely away in the back of our minds for those occasions we may need them! Your child is coming home daily and reminding you of words from another lifetime. Safely buried away but not forgotten....

Why not try to rediscover this safely buried treasure this weekend? Why not try a few ideas to make your home a little more Gaelach do Sheachtain na Gaeilge? Try labelling some of your necessary items - an citeal to make a 'cupán deas tae', or a 'muga caife'. You may need 'siúcra' and 'bainne'. Don't forget (ná dearmad) your 'fón póca', those elusive 'eocracha' that go missing every time you need to go on a trip 'sa char'r. Have you your 'málaí siopadóireachta' for the groceries?

There are some words you need when asking / telling your child what to do :

Faigh - get

Déan - do /make

Téigh - go

Brostaigh - hurry

Cuir - put

Ól - drink

Ith - eat

Seas suas - stand up

Suí síos - sit down

When you need your children to do some everyday jobs, why not challenge them as Gaeilge?

Cá bhfuil do mhála scoile? – Where is your School Bag?

Leag an bord - Set the table

Glan d'áit - Clean your place

Scuab d'fhiacla - Brush your teeth

Scuab do ghruaig - Brush your hair

Nigh d'aghaidh - Wash your face (pronounced i-g)

Glan do sheomra - Clean your room

Faigh do bhróga - Get your shoes

Cuir ort do chóta - Put on your coat

Cá bhfuil do chóta / léine / bhróga/ stocaí?

We all have a lot more words than we think we have....

Make a conscious effort this weekend to try them out, have some fun with your children, enjoy the sounds of the words as they roll off your tongue... Your children will love practising what they've learned in school with you....

Is Teanga álainn, ársa í an Ghaeilge atá á labhairt leis na mílte bliain in Éirinn. Is Éireannaigh sinn agus is linne í. I rith Sheachtain na Gaeilge, labhair í, úsáid í, bain taitneamh aisti. Déan do dhícheall léi , bí bródúil aisti agus bí bródúil asat féin as d'iarracht !!

Beir Bua :)