Using Irish with your Children
5 simple things you can do to introduce Irish into your home
- Add simple phrases into your daily routine. Substitute goodnight for Oíche Mhaith, thank you for Go Raibh Maith Agat, good boy/girl for Maith an Bhuachaill/Chailín, goodbye for Slán etc.
- Try reading a bedtime story ‘as Gaeilge’. There are so many beautiful Irish books out there and reading won’t leave you struggling for phrases.
- Listen to Irish language radio such as Raidió na Gaeltachta, Raidió na Life or Raidió Rí Rá and watch TG4. This will help with language acquisition and phonetics.
- Make simple labels to stick on items around the home. Doras, Bosca Bruscar, Fuinneog, Staighre, Ríomhaire, Tolg, Cathaoir and Bord are all good examples www.focloir.ie is a handy online dictionary to help with this.
- Think about taking one part of the daily routine (bathtime, breakfast, dinner, car journeys – whichever is least stressful!), learning the phrases/vocabulary needed and incorporating an ‘Irish-time’ into your day.
Compiled by Comhluadar.
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