Doors of Ireland (501 Piece Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle)

Doors of Ireland (501 Piece Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle)

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Irish people call the language Irish. In Ireland, you may also hear it called Gaeilge, which is the name of...
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Irish people call the language Irish. In Ireland, you may also hear it called Gaeilge, which is the name of the language in Irish, and sometimes you will hear it called Irish Gaelic to differentiate it from its Scottish cousin.

There are no specific words for "Yes" and "No" in Irish or in many other Celtic languages. The Irish dislike those two words anyway, as they are way too simple and to the point and don't leave any room for friendly conversation. A plain "no" would give the impression that the barman is not interested in a good old chat when good conversation is always on the cards in Ireland.

There are, however, ways to answer a question. "Yes or "No" is communicated in verb form. The answer to the question "Did they sell the house?" would be "They sold" or "They didn't sell." So in Irish Gaelic - 

Ar dhíol sian an teach?

Dhíol.

Níor dhíol.

Irish uses the word order - Verb, Subject, Object, which is quite rare. Only 9 percent of the world's languages (and Yoda) use it. For example: "I always speak Irish" would be "Speak I Irish always."

Irish also has several sets of numbers in use, depending on what you are counting. For example, there is one set of numbers for arithmetic or referring to dates and times, a second set for counting humans, and a third set for counting non-humans. 

Ireland has a strong tradition of orally passing on tales and folklore. Go to any pub in Ireland, and the old guy in the corner will be happy to regale you with a story and maybe a song if you buy him a pint of beer.

The Irish actually have a name for their storytellers. In Irish Gaelic, they are called Seanchaí and were revered members of Irish society. Every Irish person aspires to be thought of as one (and after a few drinks is convinced they are one). Originally, the Seanchaí were servants to the chief of the tribe and kept important information for their clan in the form of stories.

Even one of the national landmarks, The Blarney Stone, is supposed to imbue the gift of the gab when you kiss it.

Gaelic Irish is still spoken in schools, and there is an Irish News program every day in Ireland, but it is no longer active in day-to-day use unless you visit one of the Gaelic speaking areas in Ireland called "Gaeltachts. 

Some years ago, an Irish filmmaker made a documentary in which he traveled through Ireland only speaking Irish, even when people demanded he switch to English. Shopkeepers couldn't understand him, officials refused to help him, and people on the street told him to get lost, but here and there, he found pockets of folks who understood and were willing to chat, often over an open half door.

The perfect gift for wooden jigsaw puzzlers, and travel puzzle fans, this traditional adult wooden jigsaw puzzle can be done time and again. Our puzzle artists have included many shaped whimsy pieces that match the subject of the image, and we have integrated them in ways that will delight and surprise you as you put the wooden jigsaw puzzle together.
 
  • Includes a bonus poster to guide assembly
  • irregular edge for a little more challenge
  • Number of Puzzle Pieces: 501
  • Artist: © Nautilus Puzzles
  • Completed Puzzle Size: 18” X 13”
  • Serial #: NP22-501-471
  • Wood Thickness: 4mm
  • Cut Style: Modern
  • Difficulty: Level 3
  • Made in the USA