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TeangachaCuir in Eagar
I live near Paris much of the time, and I used to write a lot in French. I have some elementary Deutsch and Espanol too.
I would like to help editors write much better as Gaeilge.
The level of many Vicipéid articles needs to be a lot higher if the Vicipéid is to win more respect from the community of good Irish speakers ... and potential readers.
To help write clearly, while avoid wooden translations (let alone errors), try this one simple technique with your writing
If you have doubts over any expression, do an advanced Google Search containing " siteː.ie " (without the quotes).
If your expression does not appear in the results, there is likely an error or an anglicism.
In that case, continue trying out alternative expressions on focloir.ie, potafocal.com, " siteː.tuairisc.ie " etc until you find a natural way of expressing the idea.
Also bear in mind that shorter sentences are not only easier to read but easier to write, and with less risk of messing up syntax. Articles in English on Wikipedia do not need to be translated word for word. Select what can be usefully and safely translated. Anyway editors are likely to get far better results by using sources as Gaeilge for their articles, not Wikipedia, where possible.
There is a surprising amount of encyclpaedic information already avaialble as Gaeilge. To find it, again do an advanced Google Search containing " siteː.ie " and this time add " filetypeːpdf "(without the quotes). You can sometimes add too "agus" in the search to make sure the results are in Irish (include the quotes in the Google searchif no other search term as Gaeilge)
For example, try this search for "Eolaíocht". The filetypeːpdf gives you Acrobat files. Many schoolbooks, including Ardteist, are avaialable. Some good sources include cogg.ie curriculumonline.ie St Mary's Belfast and nicurriculum.org.uk
If you are looking for articles or books on a particular set of topics and can't find them, cuir an cheist ormsa.
Many key Vicipéid articles in the past have been written by Matt Hussey (from the Fréamh an Eolais encyclopaedia) and Panu Hoglund (who also publsihed two novels). There have been veiled references in Tuairisc.ie over the past years to the need for decent editing by some publishers (in some cases there may have been no editing or next to none). So a lot more work on the Vicipeid needs to be done to improve the readability of many of our articles. I stress "readability", to make it attractive to read articles on the Vicipeid (I am not a grammar zealot I hope). Readability is not just decent syntax, but also lots of images, paragraphs, headings, bullet points and shorter sentences.
... and a special prize for those that use Firefox and install Kevin Scannell's fantastic litreoir here (unfortunately I can't as I just use a basic Google ChromeBook at present ǃ).
Lastlly the website tearma.ie from Fiontar / DCU / Foras is the reference for me for all terms (so it also sets name sorting).
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