Using Irish with your children
This article lists a few simple ways to use more Irish with your children.
Here’s a list of 5 easy things that you can do to bring Irish into your house today:
- Use simple Irish phrases during the day; see below for some examples:
- Instead of “Goodnight”, use “Oíche Mhaith”
- Instead of “Thank you”, say “Go raibh maith agat”
- Replace “Good boy/girl” with “Maith an bhuachaill” nó “Maith an cailín”
- Use “Slán” instead of “Goodbye”
- Read a book in Irish at bedtime. There are plenty of beautiful books out there, and reading won’t leave you searching for phrases to say!
- 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 pronunciation.
- Create simple labels to put up around the house:
- “Doras”, “Bosca Bruscar”, “Fuinneog”, “Staighre”, “Ríomhaire”, “Tolg”, “Cathaoir”, “Bord”, etc – don’t stop the list! Use www.focloir.ie to translate.
- 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.
Date updated: July 2023