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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About the Author
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 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 ______