Irish Phrases For Essays Leaving Cert

Top 5 Tips

1. In the ‘Ceapadóireacht’ question, keep your sentences short and simple, this way you’ll make fewer mistakes. Ensure you have a beginning, middle and an end and make out a rough plan before you start writing.

2. Read the questions before you read the Comprehensions through. You don’t need to understand every word in the piece to be able to answer the question.

3. Prepare well for the Letter question by making sure you have words and phrases learnt off before your exam as well as appropriate addresses, dates, greetings and endings.

4. If you want to use a quote from a poem, make sure that you have explained the point in your own words first. Quotes are used to support what you have already written – not to answer a question.

5. Leave five minutes to read over your work at the end – you will save a lot of marks by checking your spelling and grammar.

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Muireann O’Connell

Muireann O’Connell is a graduate of University College Galway and University College Dublin. She is currently teaching Irish and French in Holy Faith Secondary School, Clontarf, Dublin.

Muireann is co-author of ReviseWise Junior Certificate Higher and Ordinary level Irish books.

 

I was doing up some postcard notes for a 6th class pupil I do grinds with however they would be useful for Junior cert too so thought i would put them up here! Some phrases may even be hepful with for Leaving cert so here you go!

I have more complicated sentences I can put up which would actually be more useful for HL Junior cert or leaving cert. If anyone is interested in them I can type them up for you? These are just very basic sentences that I have here as it was for a 6th class pupil doing a scholarship exam!



Cárta phoist – Postcard


Conas atá tú – how are you?


Tá mé ar fheabhas – i am great


Tá mé ar mo laethanta saoirse i _____ - i am on my holidays in _____


Conas atá do chlann? – How is your family


Tá bórn orm nach scríobh mé le fada – i am sorry i havent written in a while


Bhí áthas orm do litir a fháil – i was happy to get your letter




An Áit – The place


Tá mé i ______ - I am in _____


Is áit álainn é – it is a lovely place


Tá a lán le déanamh – there is a lot to do


Tá a lán siopaí agus bialanna – there are a lot of shops and restaurants


Tá an trá go hiontach – the beach is great

 


Cá bhfuil tú ag fanacht? – where are you staying?


Tá mé ag fanacht in óstán – I am staying in a hotel


Tá mé ag fanacht in árasán – i am staying in an apartment


Tá mé ag campáil – i am camping


Tá an seomra an deas – the room is really nice


Tá mé ag fanacht i dteach mo chara – i am staying in my friends house


Tá an óstán in aice leis an trá – the hotel is beside the beach


Tá an óstán an-mhór – the hotel is very big

 



Cé atá leat? – who is with you?


Tá mo chairde liom – I with my friends


Tá mo mham liom – I am with my mam


Tá mo theaghlach/chlann liom – i am with my family 


An Aimsir  - The weather


Bhí an ghrian ag taitneamh inné  - The sun was shining yesterday


Tá an ghrian ag taithneamh go hard sa spéir  - the sun is shining high in the sky


Tá sé te – it is hot


Tá dath gréine agam – I have a sun tan


Tá an teocht ard inniu  - the temperature is high today


Tá mé cosúil le tráta – I look like a tomato


Níl aon scamall sa spéir  - there are no clouds in the sky


Tá sé ró-the – it is too hot


Tá an aimsir go hálainn  - the weather is lovely


Tá an aimsir go dona  - the weather is bad


Tá sé ag cur báistí  - it is raining


Tá sé ag stealladh báistí – it is lashing rain


Tá sé fliuch – it is wet


Tá sé fuar – it is cold


Tá sé ag cur sneachta – it is snowing


Tá sé ceomhar  - it is foggy


Bhí mé fliuch go craiceann  - I was soaked to the skin

 



Bia – Food


Tá an bia go hálainn – the food is lovely


Tá an bia uafásach – the food is horrible


Ithim i mbialann gach oíche – i eat in a restaurant every night


Tá sé an-bhlasta – it is very tasty


Is aoibheann liom ____ – i really like _____




Ag dul abhaile? Going home?


Beidh mé ag dul abhaile i dhá seachtain – I will be going home in two weeks


Beidh mé ag filleadh abhaile amárach – I will be returning home tomorrow


Tá mé anseo ar feadh cúig lá – I am here for 5 days


Feichfidh mé thú an seachtain seo chuigeann – i will see you next week



Cad atá tú ag déanamh? What are you doing?


Chuaigh mé ag siopadóireacht inné – i went shopping inné


Cheannaigh mé bronnantas duit - i bought you a present


Rachaidh mé go dtí an trá amárach – i will go to the beach tomorrow


Thug mé cuairt ar ____ - i visited _____


Bíonn mé ag snámh gach lá – i swim everyday


Is maith liom an linn snámha – i like the swimming pool 



Na daoine – The people


Tá na daoine an-chairdiúl – the people are very friendly


Tá a lán cairde nua agam – I have a lot of new friends


____ is ainm di - ____ is her name.


Tá sí ina cónaí i _______ - she lives in ______




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