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 Aonad 27 Unit 27


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There will be some variety in this week’s online lesson as we will ask and briefly answer two questions about hobbies. 

The first is a two-parter – 

Have you a pet – An bhfuil peata agat?

An bhfuil peata agat?

and

Describe your pet – Cuir síos ar do pheata.

Cuir síos ar do pheata. 

Answers of course don’t have to be long and if you don’t have a pet you could simply say:

Níl peata ar bith agam 

I don’t have a pet 

Níl peata ar bith agam 

 

You might wish to elaborate –

Níl peata ar bith agam anois ach bhíodh peata agam nuair a bhí mé óg. Bhí madadh agam. Bran an 

t-ainm a bhí air.

I don’t have a pet now but I did have one when I was young. I had a dog. It’s name was Bran. 

Níl peata ar bith agam anois ach bhíodh peata agam nuair a bhí mé óg. Bhí madadh agam. Bran an 

t-ainm a bhí air.

 

If you wish to describe Bran – Cuir síos ar Bhran – you might just use three adjectives:

Bhí Bran dílis, beoga agus donn.

Bran was loyal, lively and brown. 

Bhí Bran dílis, beoga agus donn.

 

Or 

Bhí Bran cairdiúil. Bhí ruball fada air.

Bran was friendly. He had a long tail.

Bhí Bran cairdiúil. Bhí ruball fada air

 

Other pets might be:

Bhí pónaí agam – I had a pony 

Bhí iasc órga agam – I had a goldfish 

Bhí hamstar agam – I had a hamstar 

Bhí canáraí agam – I had a canary 

Bhí cat agam – I had a cat 

Bhí luchóg agam – I had a mouse 

 

Any of the above of course can be said in the present tense – tá iasc órga agam, tá hamstar agam etc.

 

And a list of adjectives you might dip into when asked – cuir síos ar do pheata – describe your pet, could include:

 

Tá sé/sí :

  • dalba – mischieveous 
  • ard – tall
  • beag – small
  • clúmhach – furry 
  • ceolmhar – musical 
  • costasach – expensive 
  • glic – clever, in the cute “sense”
  • crosta – cross

 

The second quickie-type question in this unit inquires about your reading of newspapers and/or magazines. It asks you-

Cén nuachtán/iris a léann tú?

What newspaper/magazine do you read?

Cén nuachtán/iris a léann tú?

 

Short answers will suffice, like those below:

Léim an “Irish News” gach lá

I read the “Irish News” every day

Léim an “Irish News” gach lá

Léim an “Irish Times” gach Satharn 

I read the “Irish Times” every Saturday 

Léim an “Irish Times” gach Satharn

 

Léim an “Sunday World” anois is arís 

I read the “Sunday World” now and again 

Léim an “Sunday World” anois is arís 

 

Léim an nuachtán áitiúil gach seachtain – is fearr liom an “Newry Reporter/Newry Democrat”

I read the local paper every week – I prefer the “Newry Reporter/Newry Democrat” 

Léim an nuachtán áitiúil gach seachtain – is fearr liom an “Newry Reporter/Newry Democrat”

 

As for irisí/magazines you can say:

Ní léim irisí ach go hannamh – má tá mé san aerfort nó ag fanacht ar an dochtúir mar shampla

I only seldom read magazines – if I am in the airport or waiting for the doctor for example

Ní léim irisí ach go hannamh – má tá mé san aerfort nó ag fanacht ar an dochtúir mar shampla

 

Léim “What Car?” go rialta 

I read “What Car?” regularly 

Léim “What Car?” go rialta 

 

Léim “Good Housekeeping” nó “Amateur Photographer” gach mí

I read “Good Housekeeping” or “Amateur Photographer” every month 

Léim “Good Housekeeping” nó “Amateur Photographer” gach mí

 

You could also answer:

Ní léim irisí ar chor ar bith. Níl iontu ach fógraí agus tá siad ró-dhaor 

I don’t read magazines at all. They only have advertisments and they’re too dear

Ní léim irisí ar chor ar bith. Níl iontu ach fógraí agus tá siad ró-dhaor

 

Ní léim irisí nó nuachtáin. Léim stuif atá ar-líne na laethanta seo 

I don’t read magazines or newspapers. I read online material these days

Ní léim irisí nó nuachtáin. Léim stuif atá ar-líne na laethanta seo 

 

Go dtí an chéad Aonad eile, coinnigh leat ag léamh.

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