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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Your St. Patrick's Day to-do list

With St. Patrick's Day fast approaching, I hope you have gotten your plans in order for celebration.

Checked these off your list yet?
  • Something green to wear
  • Recipes and ingredients ready for a meal with Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage, etc. (or plans to eat out at your favorite Irish pub)
  • Info and directions to get to your nearest St. Patrick's Day parades and celebrations
  • A few Irish Gaelic phrases - practiced and ready

What was that? You haven't been practicing your Irish Gaelic?

If you need a little help with pronunciations of a few quick phrases for St. Patrick's Day, here's just the thing. Rosetta Stone, maker of language-learning software for many native tongues the world over, is trying their hand at Irish Gaelic. As part of a promo for their new program they sent an Irish linguist out to teach everyday people on the street how to say some basic Irish phrases. The takers included a few cowboys who learned to introduce themselves in their new language. View the videos and try your hand at saying "Cheers!" in Gaelic and learning other useful phrases.

If you're really pressed for time, just start with this one-minute video below. Everyone with Irish blood runnin' through their veins should at least know how to say Happy Saint Patrick's Day in the language of their ancestors!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am a massive football fan and decided to go to the world cup back in 2006 which was held in Germany so I decided to help me when there and to simply broaden my horizons I would learn German I decided instead of going to classes or getting a tutor I would take a learning language online course. It was great I did it in my own time at my own speed and learnt a lot! Shame England are useless at footie!!

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