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Giveaway: Bitesize Irish Gaelic

Anyone else adding “learn some Irish” to their list of New Year’s resolutions?

Bitesize Irish Gaelic‘s online language lessons teach Irish from the perspective of a beginner, and Eoin from Bitesize Irish Gaelic has offered year-long memberships to FIVE Irish Firesiders!

To enter, you’ll have to post a message in Irish below. Include the Irish and English versions, and PLEASE, let’s save the naughty words and phrases for another time ;)

Need some help learning a bit of Irish? Get some inspiration from this article from their blog or these Irish Fireside articles. Winners will be announced Tuesday, December 20, 2011.

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  1. Go raibh mille maith agat, agus slainte!
    Thank you, and good luck!

    • Beannachtaí na Nollag do gach ó Boston.
      Siobhán Maire O Leanncháin

  2. Dia duit! Conas ata tu? Ta an la go maith inniu.
    God to you! How are you? It’s a good day today.

    Go raibh mille maith agat! Slan agat.
    Thank you very much! Good-bye.

  3. OOh this is a great prize!! I have been wanting to learn Irish for quite some time! This would go a long way to that goal.
    tá sé seo le duais iontach!! Bhí mé ag ar mian leo Gaeilge a fhoghlaim le tamall maith! Bheadh ​​sé seo dul bealach fada chun an sprioc sin. Go raibh maith agat!

  4. Sinne Fianna Fáil
    A tá fé gheall ag Éirinn,
    buion dár slua
    Thar toinn do ráinig chugainn,
    Fé mhóid bheith saor.

    Nollaig shona dhuit Corcaigh!

    Soldiers are we
    whose lives are pledged to Ireland;
    Some have come
    from a land beyond the wave.
    Sworn to be free

    Merry Christmas Cork!

  5. Is é Íosa an Tiarna = Jesus is the Lord!!!

    I had to google this, but if I win I won’t have to google it next time!!! hint hint!;)

  6. Pionta Guinness, le do thoil!

    Cool giveaway, thanks for the chance!

    Slainte ♣

  7. Ooh! I’ve got to learn the Irish if I’m going to spend some extended time in Dingle on my Dream Trip!

    níl aon teinteán mar do thinteán féin:
    There is no fireside like your own fireside.

    On one of my two plaques from Wild Goose Studio. Its mate says Fáilte.

  8. Is deas liom an Ghaeilge

  9. Athbhliain faoi mhaise duit!

    A prosperous New Year to you.

  10. Long dom go hÉirinn!

    Ship me to Ireland!

  11. Once I get to Ireland, I might never come home. :)

    Nuair a liom a fháil go hÉirinn, ní fhéadfadh a bheith agam teacht abhaile.

  12. Slainte!

  13. Ia breá liom an teanga Ghaeilge.
    I love the Irish language.

    • (I hit the “A” key instead of the “S”)

      Is breá liom an teanga Ghaeilge.
      I love the Irish language.

  14. Tá súil agam someday féidir liom labhairt agus scríobh Gaeilge gan gá le foclóir.

    (I hope someday I can speak and write Irish without needing a dictionary.)

  15. Tir gan teanga, tir gan anam.

    A country without a language, a country without a soul.

    Erin go bragh!

    Ireland forever!

  16. May you live as long as you want,
    And never want as long as you live.

    Is féidir leat beo chomh fada agus is mian leat,
    riamh Agus ba mhaith chomh fada agus a gcónaíonn tú.

  17. De reir a cheile a thogtar na caisleain.
    It takes time to build castles.

    a ghra mo chroi
    Love of my heart!

  18. Is é seo giveaway iontach! Tá súil agam mé bua :)

    Go raibh maith agat,

    This is a great giveaway! I hope I win :)


  19. Ba mhaith liom an teanga a fhoghlaim de mo shinsir. Raibh maith agat as an deis seo a bhuachan. Bíodh na Nollag Merry.

    I want to learn the language of my ancestors. Thank you for this chance to win. Have a Merry Christmas.

  20. An síocháin Dé a bheith in éineacht leat

    The peace of God be with you

    Tá súil agam go raibh sé seo aistriúchán cruinn a

    I hope this was an accurate translation

  21. Go n eiri an bothar leat :)

    May the road rise before you.

  22. Is minic a bhris beal duine a shron

    It is often a person’s mouth broke his nose!



  23. Is buaine port ná glór na n-éan,
    Is buaine focal ná toice an tsaoil.

    A tune is more lasting than the song of the birds,
    And a word more lasting than the wealth of the world.

  24. Ta me i mo chonai in Eire ach ni thig liom labhair Gaelige go maith. Is mian liom a labhairt Gaelige easca. Ta me ag foghlaim Gaelige anois agus suil me lean orm ag caint as seo amach. Is brea liom an teanga agus ta fail orm an suimuiul a fhoghlaim. Ba mhaith liom teacht Bitesize a bhaint mar cuidigh bisigh mo eolach.

    I live in Ireland but I can’t speak Irish well. I wish to speak fluently. I am learning ~~Irish now and I hope to continue it. I love the language and find it interesting. I would love to win access to Bitesize to help improve my knowledge. Go raibh maith agat.

  25. Nollaig shona dhuit!

    Merry Christmas!

  26. Chuaigh go hÉirinn i mí Dheireadh Fómhair, ní raibh ag iarraidh teacht abhaile! Go raibh maith agat as do nuachtlitir agus roghnaigh ME! Merry na Nollag agus Bliain Nua Happy!

    Went to Ireland in October, did not want to come home! Thanks for your newsletter and pick ME! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  27. These are my closing remarks from my German oral exam Monday:

    “Ja, Deutsch gefällt mir gut aber… is fearr liom Gaeilge!”

    “[German] Yes, I like German, but… [Irish] I prefer Irish!”

    Needless to say, my German professor gave me a confused look!

    Go raibh míle maith agat!

  28. Bliain úr faoi shéan is faoi mhaise duit

    (Happy New Year to you)

    Please, please, please let me win!

  29. Ó labhair an teanga Ghaeilge liom,
    Is bain dem’chroí an brón.

    Speak the Irish language with me,
    and take the sorrow from my heart.

    -This is a poem I found online, on two websites both times no author was given. I’m using it in my novel.

    • Dear Kathleen,

      Thank you for posting such a wonderful and profound poem. Hundreds of years of oppression can’t kill the spirit and language of Ireland.

      Good luck with your novel, and have a Merry Christmas.

      Paul Curley

  30. Nollaig shona dhuit!

    Merry Christmas!

  31. buíochas a ghabháil leat go mór le haghaidh an deis a labhairt na héireann.

    thank you very much for for the chance to speak irish.

  32. Tá mé ag staidéar in Éirinn seimeastar seo amach romhainn agus bhí mé ag súil a fhoghlaim roinnt Gaeilge, ba mhaith liom a chur ina luí ar roinnt muintir na háite:) Nollaig Shona!! Go raibh maith agat

    I’m studying in Ireland this coming semester and I was hoping to learn some Irish, I’d like to impress some locals :) Merry Christmas!! Thank You

  33. Dia duit ar maidin!! Is é seo an giveaway is fearr riamh! Ádh mór do gach duine. Go raibh maith agat.

    Good Morning!! This is the best giveaway ever! Good luck to all. Thank you.

  34. Is fearr an tsláinte ná na táinte.

    “Health is better than wealth.”

    My grandmother was born in Gort, Galway. Being able to speak and understand basic Irish/Gaelic would have a much deeper meaning to me than attending a South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade.

    Thank you for giving me the chance to help keep the language of my ancestors alive.

  35. Ta’ se’ Nollaig!

    Nollaig shona dhaoibh!
    Athbhliain faoi mhaise dhaoibh!

    It is Christmas!

    Happy Christmas to you!
    Happy New Year to you!

  36. Bhí mé arbís amhlaidg chun foglam faoi na ceachtanna Gaeilge Bitesitz Gaelic. Tá mé i gcónaí go raibh spé is acu i mo chúlra na hÉireann agus mé ag iarraidh abheith ina ehomhalta ach a bheith ann. Ba mhaith liom a bheith excited má bhuaigh mé an deis seobdo na ceachtanna.

    I was so excited to learn about the Bitesize Irish Gaelic lessons. I have always had an interest in my Irish background and I have wanted to become a member but I have been unable to. I would be so excited if I won this opportunity for these lessons.

    • I also hope to go to Ireland someday!

  37. Nollaig shona duit agus ahbhliain faoi mhaise duit!
    Happy Christmas and a happy new year to you!
    At least, I think that’s what I’m saying….would love to learn Irish as I want to work as a teacher in Kerry, bu tmy lack of Irish is stopping me :) (Hint, hint!!)

  38. Go n-éirí an bóthar leat
    Go raibh an ghaoth go brách ag do chúl
    Go lonraí an ghrian go te ar d’aghaidh
    Go dtite an bháisteach go mín ar do pháirceanna
    Agus go mbuailimid le chéile arís,
    Go gcoinní Dia i mbos A láimhe thú

    May you prosper on your journey (or more traditionally…May the road rise to meet you)
    May the wind be always at your back,
    May the sun shine warmly on your face,
    May the rain fall gently on your fields,
    And until we meet each other again
    May God keep you in the palm of His hand.

    This is one of the first things I had wanted to learn when I first started my Irish classes!

  39. Rath Dé Ort.

    The Grace of God be with you.

    I am a seminarian and one day I would love to be able to do an entire mass in Gaelic as well as hold a conversation.

  40. Choose me so I can talk to my boyfriend in his native language!

    Roghnaigh dom ionas gur féidir liom labhairt le mo bhuachaill ina theanga dhúchais!

    (that was most definitely googled)

  41. Nollaig Shona Duit
    -Happy Christmas!!
    Adh mor ort
    -Good luck!

  42. Dia duit! Conas ata tu? Ta an la go maith inniu.
    God to you! How are you? It’s a good day today.

    Go raibh mille maith agat! Slan agat.
    Thank you very much! Good-bye.

    Ta’ se’ Nollaig!

    Nollaig shona dhaoibh!
    Athbhliain faoi mhaise dhaoibh!

    It is Christmas!

    Happy Christmas to you!
    Happy New Year to you!

  43. Is breá liom an teanga Ghaeilge.
    I love the Irish language.
    If I could go to Ireland and live at Dromoland Castle in County Clare, I believe I would be in heaven.

  44. Is minic a bhris béal duine a shrón
    It is often a person’s mouth that broke their nose.

  45. Dia Dhuit ! Hello !

    Táim ag lorg this Christmas present. Le do thoil…Le do thoil. Please !

  46. Cùm do chù ri leigeadh. (Hold back your dog till the deer falls.)
    Eiridh tonn air uisge balbh. (A wave will rise on quiet water.)
    Na trí cairde is fearr agus na trí naimhde is measa: tine, gaoth, is uisce. (The three best friends and the three worst enemies:
    fire, wind, and water.)
    Nollaig Shona Duit! (Merry Christmas to you!)

  47. Is mise Brandy. Tá dúil m’anama agam i seacláid. Oíche mhaith duit!

    I am Brandy. I love chocolate. Good night!

    Thank you for this opportunity! I need all the help I can get learning!

  48. Nollaig Shona Duit go uile

    Merry Christmas to all

  49. Tá an teanga ar mo shinsir is ceol le mo chroí.
    The language of my ancestors is music to my heart <3

  50. Nollaig shona dhaoibh agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise dhaoibh

    (Happy Christmas and Happy New Year)

  51. Go raibh séan, rath agus gach uile shuáilce dhaoibh an Nollaig seo agus iomad go deosan fháistineacht.

    May you have happiness, prosperity, and every joy this Christmas and much more in the future.

  52. Brilliant competition guys. :)

    “Ba mhaith liom an Ghaeilge a fhoghlaim i dtreo go mbeinn in ann labhairt le mo bhuachaill cheana ina theanga dúchais”

    “I would like to learn Gaelic to be able to speak to my boyfriend in his native language.”

  53. go mbuaimid

    i hope we will win…

    le do thoil


    If i got the translation wrong, it will only demonstrate how much i need help!

  54. Dia dhuit,
    Nollaig shona dhuit, agus slainte!

    Merry Christmas, good luck!

  55. Rachaidh me go hGrinn an bhliain seo chugainn.

    I will go to Ireland next year.

  56. Patrick is ainm dom. Is breá liom caife. Ní maith liom Tae. Éirinn go Brách.
    P.S. Ba mhaith liom buíochas seo, aon duine eile

    My name is patrick. I like coffee. I dislike tea. Ireland forever.
    P.S. I want this like no one else

  57. Love do láithreán gréasáin agus ba mhaith liom I ndáiríre níos mó a ghosh lain gealic agus tá mé ag gaeilge mar sin bheadhc seo a dhéanamh áthas orm mar sin buíochas a ghabnáil leat agus beannacht

    I love your website and I really want to learn more gealic and I am Irish so this would make me so happy thank you and bye

  58. Conas is féidir le go leor aingeal léi ar an ceann a bioráin?
    How many angels can fit on the head of a pin?

  59. Bíodh an lá go deas!
    Have a nice day!

  60. Gardai! Ta se prainneach, nil Gaeilge maith agam!
    Police! It’s an emergency, I can’t speak irish very well!

    Thanks for the oportunity. Regards from Mexico!

    Eireann go Brach!

  61. Raibh mile maith Agatagus MERRY NOLLAG

    Thank you very much and Merry Christmas!

    This would be a wonderful Christmas gift

  62. Is fearr Gaeilge briste, na Bearla cliste!
    Broken Irish is better than clever English!

  63. Nollaig Shona (MERRY CHRISTMAS)

  64. Tráthnóna maith. Joanna is ainm dom. Níl mé na hÉireann, ach ba mhaith liom a bhí mé. Tá sé mo bhrionglóid cuairt a thabhairt ar Éirinn someday agus ba mhaith liom a bheith in ann comhrá a dhéanamh le duine a labhrann Gaeilge.

    Good afternoon. My name is Joanna. I’m not Irish, but I wish I was. It is my dream to visit Ireland someday and I want to be able to hold a conversation with someone who speaks Irish.

    (I hope that’s right…) :)

    Nollaig shona duit!

    Happy Christmas to you!

  65. Éire, grá mo chroí .

    Ireland, love of my heart.

  66. Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam

    A country without a language, a country without a soul

    Happy Christmas
    Nollaig shona duit!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  67. English:’Say what you mean and mean what you say’
    Irish:’Ra cad is ciall agat agus cialloidh bhfuil le ra agat’

  68. Airteagal den scoth, ach rud amháin – please stop calling Irish “Gaelic”. Irish speakers and Irish people in general HATE the language being called that word ;) Otherwise, thank you for promoting the language and doing such wonderful work. Gaeilge go deo :)

    Slán agus Beannacht

    John, Co. Chill Dara.

  69. Dear all,

    May i know what this means? I am betting a turkey with all my work mates.


    Bíodh na Nollag álainn agus bliain nua properous


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