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Speaking Irish to Your Grandchildren

This information below has been put together by Comhluadar. For further information visit their website at comhluadar.ie

When you speak in Irish with a child, you give them a valuable advantage which could help them to:

  • Learn how to read and count
  • Learn other new languages
  • Develop communication skills
  • Get a job in the future
  • Make new friends
  • Become part of the new generation of Irish speakers
  • Strengthen their identity

Four simple things you can do to pass on Irish to your grandchildren:

  1. Use simple Irish phrases during the day: ‘Oíche Mhaith’ instead of ‘Goodnight’, ‘Go raibh maith agat’ instead of ‘Thank You’, ‘Maith an Buachaill/Cailín’ instead of ‘Good Boy/Girl”, Slán’ instead of ‘Goodbye’ etc.
  2. Read them bedtime stories in Irish. There are many beautiful Irish books for children and you will pass on plenty of useful phrases.
  3. Listen to Irish language radio like Raidió na Gaeltachta, Raidió na Life or Raidió Rí Rá, and watch TG4. This will really help them to acquire the language and pronunciation.
  4. Create simple labels to hang around the house (doras, bosca bruscar, fuinneog, staighre, ríomhaire, tolg, cathaoir, bord, etc.). You can use www.focloir.ie to find translations. 

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