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Commentary on pictures for the Oral Irish
in the Leaving Certificate Examination 2018

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THE PICTURES
Commentary on the Leaving Cert Pictures 2018
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Pictures
Twenty Picture Sequences will be used during the  Leaving Certificate Oral Irish Examination (Higher and Ordinary Levels).

Commentary

During the Oral exam you will be asked to talk for a few minutes about one sequence of pictures picked at random by the examiner.  To help you we have written a commentary on each sequence which will supplement your own vocabulary with the most commonly used words and phrases associated with each topic. 

Each commentary begins with a Summary of the whole sequence of pictures taken together.  Each picture is then described separately.  The commentary begins with a simple sentence aimed at Ordinary Level students especially.  That is followed by a more discursive description intended to include such vocabulary as would enable Higher Level students to mention and describe everything that appears in the picture.

In preparing these commentaries we consulted www.focloir.ie and www.tearma.ie

Questions
Having spoken for a little while about the sequence you  are then asked some questions based on the pictures,  Finally you are invited to pose some questions of your own.  To help you we provide numerous questions based on each picture so that it is very easy for you to get a session of cleachtadh comhrá, or conversational practice, going in the classroom or at home.  All you need is someone to talk to.  Someone who will listen.

Translations
Less familiar words and expressions occurring in the commentaries are explained on this page where notes and translations to English are provided.

Audio

You can listen to a reading of the text while attempting the quiz which follows. Note the pronunciation of such words as “nuair” and “chuaigh”.  You need a good ear to pick up the sound of “~ua~” and the slender ‘r’ and the aspirated 'c'.  You should listen to Irish and imitate what you hear as often as possible.

Quizzes
These consist of cloze tests based on the commentary and can be filled in while listening to the recording.  Press “submit” to see if you got them right.  Correct answers appear in green.  Those in red can be done again.  You have probably just misspelled a word. When all are marked correct you can add another 100% to your recorded overall score.  Well done!  Irish is not so difficult after all.    
     

 
THE PICTURES
 
SAMPLE PICS
 

 
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS BASED ON PICTURES
 
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SAMPLE TEXT AND EXPLANATIONS IN ENGLISH

Suggestions to help you learn:

Decide to fill a small notebook with good phrases, abairtí deasa, idioms, cora cainte, proverbs, wise sayings, seanfhocail. Collect them. Keep it near. Revise often.

Listen to the audio recordings. Use the stop and start buttons on your media player to listen to sentences again and again.

Concentrate on pronouncing the Irish correctly, espcially words such as "chuir" and "nuair" which contain distinctively Irish sounds not found in English.

Make your own of the sentences and phrases you learn here. Be proud of them. Find a friend who will listen to your Irish, and talk to you.

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