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Next day off = April 2
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When we last talked about activities, a few clear preferences emerged:
I had a couple of related seanfhocail:
Ná bíodh do theanga faoi do chrios - Don't let your tongue be under your belt, that is, spit it out! Speak your mind!
Ní dheachaigh sé ar scáth ann toir leis - He didn't go in the shadow of the bush with it, that is, he spoke bluntly, he didn't pussyfoot about.
And while we were beating around the bushes, we learned that an unexpected free day, like our recent snow day, is a lá faoin tor, a day under a bush.
I continue to be delighted with the extended conversation that starts each class, especially when there are follow up questions. Conversation is, of course, why we're doing all this stuff in the first place.
We also had a voice from afar, as I shared a note I got from Johana!
We went over the homework changing verbs with subjects into autonomous forms, and the results were excellent. This activity was highly mechanical, but fortunately I'm blessed with students who know that some mechanical activities are valuable. Without this kind of exercise, we just don't get enough natural exposure to autonomous forms, especially in some tenses.
We did some listening, as there were lots of reports on RnaG about the recent blizzard that shut down many parts of Ireland. We'll continue with these excerpts in the next class, as it gives us a chance to hear several different speakers talking about the same things, with overlapping vocabulary.
Continuing our work with autonomous forms, we take a look at most of the irregular verbs.
Is breitheamh mall Dia
Nach ndearna riamh ach an chóir;
Chuir sé Cormac amach sa tsliabh,
Agus lig sé an diabhal lena thóin.
I won't translate the whole thing, the vocabulary is easy. It says that God may be slow to judge, but he catches up with evil-doers eventually. This little ditty would be said of someone who is always getting away with bad stuff, and who finally has their "come-uppance", as they say. Cormac is just a kind of placeholder in this saying, no particular significance.
A lot of the conversation was driven by the weather, either caught driving in it or coping with snow piles everywhere. Also reports of a science fiction convention, and a preview of highway construction season. Good job!
We had a handout with two animal stories, a Fable from Aesop about two cats and a monkey, and another spider story. The spider bit was challenging because it was one of those manuscripts from the Duchas.ie collection, but the gang did an excellent job of deciphering both the handwriting and the old spelling. The Fable was fairly easy, but a fun story.
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