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Leaving Cert Irish Oral - Mo Theach

Talking about your home ("Mo Theach") is a common part of the Leaving Cert Irish Oral exam. Feel confident discussing where you live, the type of house, rooms, and even your favorite parts! In this post, we'll give you essential vocabulary and practice tips to make this section shine.

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Want an even deeper dive into describing your home in Irish? Check out our "Mo Theach" video guide. You'll get walk-through examples, pronunciation help, and practice questions to prepare like a pro!

Understanding "Mo Theach"

"Mo Theach" invites students to describe their home, family, and daily routines, emphasizing not just language fluency but also the ability to convey personal narratives within a cultural context. This segment tests students' descriptive abilities, their use of language to evoke imagery, and their capacity to connect personal experiences with broader cultural themes.

Key Vocabulary for "Mo Theach"


"Tá mé i mo chónaí i..." (I live in...)

"bruachbhaile" (suburb), "baile mór" (town), "sráidbhaile" (village), "tuath" (countryside)

House Types:

"teach scoite" (detached house), "teach leathscoite" (semi-detached house), "teach sraithe" (terraced house), "árasán" (apartment)


"seomra leapa" (bedroom), "seomra suí" (living room), "cistin" (kitchen), "seomra folctha" (bathroom)


"garáiste" (garage), "gairdín" (garden), "dhoras tosaigh/cúil" (front/back door)

Example Phrases

"Tá mé i mo chónaí i bruachbhaile i mBaile Átha Cliath." (I live in a suburb of Dublin.)

"Is teach scoite é agus tá dhá urlár ann." (It's a detached house and has two floors.)

"Tá ceithre seomra leapa sa teach." (There are four bedrooms in the house.)

"Is é mo sheomra leapa an seomra is fearr liom mar tá sé go deas." (My bedroom is my favorite room because it's nice.)

Practice Tips

1. Start with Storytelling

Begin by crafting a narrative about your home. Include descriptions of the physical space, the people who live there, and the daily activities that define your home life. Storytelling can transform simple descriptions into engaging and memorable narratives.

2. Emphasize Unique Aspects

Highlight what makes your home uniquely Irish or personally significant. This could be family traditions, local dialects used, or cultural artifacts present in your home. These details add depth and authenticity to your narrative.

3. Practice, Practice, Practice

Rehearse your "Mo Theach" segment aloud to gain fluency and confidence. Practice with peers, family members, or teachers who can provide feedback on your pronunciation, language use, and narrative flow.

You Can Do This!

Remember, the Leaving Cert Irish Oral is a chance to showcase all you've learned. You've studied vocabulary, practiced phrases, and honed your pronunciation. Don't let nerves get in the way of demonstrating your skills. Take a deep breath, channel your inner Irish speaker, and go for it!

"Go n-éirí leat!" (Good luck!)

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