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A Lesson in Irish (Gaeilge)
Cambria Hotel Philadelphia Downtown Center City
Philadelphia, PA
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A Lesson in Irish (Gaeilge)
Profs and Pints presents: A Lesson in Irish (Gaeilge), with Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew, lecturer in Irish Gaelic at the University of Pennsylvania.  

Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day with an introduction to the Irish language and culture.  We'll cover basic pronunciation and phrases, including some about our favorite activities for 17 Mí an Mhárta, like ceol (music) and craic (a good time). And we'll see how An Ghaeilge differs from its neighboring languages.

What makes Celtic languages distinctively Celtic?  We'll unravel the linguistic mysteries of séimhiú and urú, the latter also being used for an eclipse of the sun or moon.  And how does that relate to language?  Bí linn (join us) to find out.  

You'll learn how some Irish words are very recognizable for an English speaker, like pionta for pint. Others are much less transparent, like ollúna for professors, or, as we say here, profs. And when we put ollúna in actual phrases, it may end up like hollúna or n-ollúna, or in the older spelling system ollamhna. Confused? Don't worry. The only requirement is that all have fun.  

Of course, we'll also acknowledge the life and accomplishments of Naomh Pádraig himself (although the snakes bit is a little iffy, considering the geology of Ireland.)

We'll close the session with your new-found language skills and try a couple of Irish language singalong songs with simple choruses.  You'll leave ready to go out and paint the town green. (Advance tickets: $12. Doors: $15, save $2 with a student ID. Listed time is for doors. Talk starts 30 minutes later. Please allow yourself time to place any orders and get seated and settled in.)


Cambria Hotel Philadelphia Downtown Center City (View)
219 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States


Arts > Literary
Education > Classes
Other > Holiday

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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