Here are some suggestions on how to celebrate the Irish language and how to bring Gaeilge into your home:
1. Get stuck on Irish
Using post-it notes or some card & blu-tack, pick an object in your kitchen, bathroom, living room and write in clear letters as Gaeilge. Attach the word in a visible place on the object. For example the door into the kitchen could have the word "doras" on it.
Door – doras Window – fuinneog Plate – pláta
2. Tell your kids how good they are as Gaeilge!
Maith an cailín! Maith an buachaill!
3. Find some everyday phrases and use them often
Why not replace ‘thank you’ all week in your house with "Go raibh maith agat"
4. Language Shopping!
When you’re putting away the shopping check how many items are known as Gaeilge by anyone in the house. Aim to find five words you know; apples, flour, cereal etc. or learn an extra five (great way to increase vocabulary). Keep a chart on the fridge and add to it every day or week.
Bread – arán Cereal – calóga Milk - bainne
Carrots – cairéid Chocolate – seacláid Chicken - sicín
5. While driving in the car pass the time by translating a favourite song to Irish, or counting as far as possible as Gaeilge.
10 green bottles = Deich mbuidéal glas
For a good online English - Irish dictionary go to www.irishdictionary.ie