Irish

Accidents

The revision bite will give you practice in listening to and understanding Irish about accidents.

Listening questions: Accidents

Here is a typical Listening exam multiple-choice question. Print this page or write the questions on a piece of paper. Read the questions carefully, then listen to the audio and fill in or jot down your answers.

1a) Cén t-am ar tharla an taisme?

a naoi a chlog   a trí a chlog   a sé a chlog 

1b) Bhuail carr in éadan:

1c) Tharla sé:

ar imeall an bhaile   i lár an bhaile   faoin tuath 

1d) Cad é mar a bhí an aimsir ag an am?

Bhí sé ag cur seaca.   Bhí sé ag cur báistí.   Bhí sé ag cur sneachta. 

2a) What did the police say about the roads?

.....................................................................

2b) Who was badly injured?

.....................................................................

2c) Describe his injuries.

.....................................................................

2d) How did he go to the hospital?

.....................................................................

Sample answers with teacher's comments

1a) Cén t-am ar tharla an taisme?

a naoi a chlog   a trí a chlog   a sé a chlog 

Listen out for:

ar a trí a chlog (at three o'clock).

  • Remember you are listening for a time. There is usually an easy question at the beginning. Be sure that you get the correct answer.

1b) Bhuail carr in éadan:

Listen out for:

Bhuail dhá charr in éadan a chéile (Two cars hit each other).

  • Remember all of the words above are on the recording. You will have to work out the phrase 'another car' as it answers the question. Sometimes the exact words will not be on the recording and you will have to work out the answer.

1c) Tharla sé:

ar imeall an bhaile   i lár an bhaile   faoin tuath 

1d) Cad é mar a bhí an aimsir ag an am?

Bhí sé ag cur seaca.   Bhí sé ag cur báistí.   Bhí sé ag cur sneachta 

Listen out for:

a) i lár an bhaile (in the town centre);

b) bhí sé ag cur fearthainne (it was raining).

  • Remember sometimes words with similar meanings will be used in the question and in the recording. On this occasion you will need to know that ag cur báistí = ag cur fearthainne. On the other hand you could work it out by means of elimination.

2a) What did the police say about the roads?

They were dangerous.

Listen out for:

dúirt na gardaí go raibh na bóithre contúirteach (the police said that the roads were dangerous).

  • Remember you should listen out for the Irish for police and the answer will be just before or after this on the recording. You will need to learn vocabulary associated with accidents before doing the listening exercises. The Irish word for dangerous is used quite frequently at GCSE level.

2b) Who was badly injured?

A driver.

Listen out for:

Bhí tiománaí amháin gortaithe go dona (One of the drivers was badly injured).

  • Remember you should revise the vocabulary associated with accidents. If you know the word for injured in Irish this will obviously help you locate the answer.

2c) Describe his injuries.

His foot/leg was broken and his head was bleeding.

Listen out for:

Bhí a chos briste agus bhí a chloigeann ag cur fola. (His foot was broken and his head was bleeding).

  • Remember you should familiarise yourself with the terms for various injuries before you do the listening exercises. Be careful to give two answers as the question clearly states describe his injuries.

2d) How did he go to the hospital?

He went to the hospital in the ambulance.

Listen out for:

san otharcharr (in the ambulance).

  • Remember you are looking for a certain type of transport.

Transcript and translation

Uimhir a haon agus a dó

Tharla taisme inné ar a trí a chlog i lár an bhaile. Bhuail dhá charr in éadan a chéile ag na soilse tráchta. Bhí carr amháin acu ag taisteal go gasta. Bhí sé ag cur fearthainne ag an am fosta agus dúirt na gardaí go raibh na bóithre contúirteach. Bhí tiománaí amháin gortaithe go dona. Bhí a chos briste agus bhí a chloigeann ag cur fola. Chuaigh sé chuig an ospidéal san otharcharr.

There was an accident yesterday at three o'clock in the town centre. Two cars hit each other at the traffic lights. One of the cars was travelling fast. It was raining at the time as well and the police said that the roads were dangerous. One driver was badly hurt. His foot/leg was broken and his head was bleeding. He went to the hospital in the ambulance.

Exam tips

  • It is important to read the questions carefully before you begin to listen to the audio so that you will know what to listen out for.
  • Make sure you understand exactly what the question is asking so you will choose the correct answer.
  • Don't forget to answer all parts of the question.
  • Make sure you answer in the right language - some answers must be given in English while others must be given in Irish in order to earn the marks.

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