One mistake language learners sometimes make is focusing on the tangibles instead of the emotionally descriptive aspects. It’s good to learn the things you can touch, but what about words to describe your inner state? That’s why today we’re doing personality vocabulary in Irish.
First, some basics: Angry Feargach, Kind Cineál, Honest Macánta.
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Personality Vocabulary In Irish – The Basics
More Complicated Personality Vocabulary In Irish
As the old saying goes, people are as layered as onions. Words like happy and quiet are perhaps a little reductive when fully encapsulating a person’s personality. That’s why we’re diving a little deeper now into personality vocabulary in Irish.
What Are Some Irish Personality Traits?
With articles like this, it’s often easy to stray into stereotypes, and from stereotypes, you’re not that far removed from xenophobia. With that being said, Irish people tend not to get hung up on how people perceive them. So what are some Irish stereotypes?
Irish People Like To Drink Alcohol
This has become so famous there is now a worldwide day celebrating the fact, St Patrick’s day. But just how much do the Irish drink compared to other nations? Ireland ranks number 6 in the global survey of alcohol intake per year. Interestingly the top 5 are Czechia, Latvia, Moldova, Germany, and Latvia.
Irish People Like To Fight
No doubt this image has been spurred on by the success of the notorious Conor McGregor, an Irishman and also the most famous combat fighter in the world. So is it true? If we take homicide statistics as a measure of the amount of violence in a society, Ireland doesn’t even come in the top 20 in Europe! On the list, it sits between Greece and Spain, which are regarded as very peaceful countries.
Irish People Eat Bad Food
A good meal is often in the eye of the beholder, or rather the taste buds. Irish food is regarded as being almost as bad as English food. It’s hard to judge just how good a culture’s cuisine is by taste, but we can judge it by health if we look at obesity rates. Ireland does quite well on this metric coming in at 36th on the global obesity scale, which is better than the U.K.
Ireland Is Green, And Its People Love Leprechauns
We can categorically say this is wrong on both accounts. Ireland is definitely green in some aspects, and this is largely spurned on by the gulf stream. However, other parts of central Europe are far more forested than Ireland, which has largely been stripped of its woodlands.
Regarding leprechauns, perhaps this is the biggest misnomer related to Irish people. The leprechaun was an invention by Irish writers living in America who wanted a none threatening mascot to represent Irish immigrants in the States. If you see a shop selling leprechaun toys in Dublin, it’ll purely be for tourists to buy.
Phrases To Talk About Personality Traits In Irish
|Are Irish people happy?||An bhfuil Éireannaigh sásta?|
|Are they an optimist or a pessimist?||An dóchasach nó pessimist iad?|
|Coffee makes people more alert||Déanann caife daoine níos airdeallaí|
|Does that person have mental health problems?||An bhfuil fadhbanna meabhairshláinte ag an duine sin?|
|Generally speaking, women experience more negative emotion than men||Go ginearálta, bíonn mothúcháin níos diúltaí ag mná ná ag fir|
|Going to museums makes you more intelligent||Má théann tú chuig músaeim beidh tú níos cliste|
|How would you describe that person?||Conas a chuirfeá síos ar an duine sin?|
|When should I see a psychologist if I’m depressed?||Cathain ar cheart dom síceolaí a fheiceáil má tá dúlagar orm?|
|Who is the most relaxed person you know?||Cé hé an duine is suaimhní a bhfuil aithne agat air?|
|Would you like to do a personality test?||Ar mhaith leat triail phearsantachta a dhéanamh?|
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