With the pre-Junior and Leaving Cert examinations fast approaching, we thought it would be a good idea to share this handy table which explains how to conjugate the 11 Irish irregular verbs into the past, present and future tenses. It also demonstrates how to ask a question in each tense and how to answer in the negative.
Since there are only 11 irregular verbs, we advise students to learn these off as best as they can. If you are not much of a memoriser (like me), then it's really important to use this table when doing your homework or practicing exam questions. That way, through constant use and re-use, the information will gradually become ingrained in your brain! In fact, putting 100% into your homework on a consistent basis is one of the best ways to achieve exam success, especially if you're not a crammer.
This table will also be really useful to those of you who have oral exams coming up this year. And remember, the oral exam is worth a whopping 40%! Having met with many examiners over the years, I can tell you that one of their biggest gripes is when students just answer 'tá' or 'níl' to their questions. For instance, if they ask you a question that begins with 'Ar thúg tú...', you are expected to either answer 'Thug mé...' or 'Níor thug mé...'. Using this table will really help you to practice answering exam questions aloud, either with a friend or in front of the mirror!
We'll be running Irish oral workshops during Easter break so stay tuned for more info. If you've any tips for acing the Irish exam, we'd love to hear them!