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THE INFLUENCE OF THE IRISH LANGUAGE ON SPOKEN ENGLISH

Réamonn Ó Ciaráin gives examples of some of the sounds we have in Hiberno-English which come from the Irish Language
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Réamonn Ó Ciaráin gives examples of English words which have their roots in Irish

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Gráinne Gillen explains the Irish language roots of some structures we find in Hiberno English which may help you remember certain structures in Irish.
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Réamonn Ó Ciaráin explains where 'Hooligan' originates from and also what the word 'Amadán' means.

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Have you ever wondered where the expression 'having the life of Reilly' came from? Well, Réamonn has plenty of interesting anecdotes and colourful tales about the Irish origin of many well known expressions.
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Have you ever wondered where the word 'smashing' originated from? Or have you ever found yourself using the expression 'my dog died on me?' You might be surprised to lear that this stems from the Irish language and how it has carved some English phrases down through the years.

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Reamonn Ó Ciaráin continues the discussion on the influence of Irish on spoken English opening with the phrase 'how are you this weather?' He explains that weather doesn't just refer to the actual weather, but also to time… this expression stems from the Irish language, where 'aimsir' refers to both the 'weather' and 'time'. This also becomes evident in the sean focail or proverb 'Is maith an scéalaí an aimsir', which again gives reference to time and means 'time will tell.'
As always, Reamonn is full of interesting bits of information about the true relationship and impact the Irish language has on spoken English.

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