Gaeil Goer na seachtaine

To mark Seachtain Na Gaeilge, the Lingo Club held a competition at Letterkenny Institute of Technology to encourage students to learn some Irish. Transition Year pupils from Coláiste Ailigh and Loretto convent volunteered to participate in the event.  Amy Nic Giolla Iontog created elementary and intermediate lesson plans for her fellow pupils.  These learning materials facilitated the mentors in their tutoring of one LyIT student and nine Erasmus students from six mainland European countries.  The intensive Irish classes lasted approximately two hours were followed by a short adjudication, carried out by Caitlin Conluain, Irish lecturer at LyIT and Áine McAteer, LyIT student of Irish.  Two winners were selected; Juliette Emery from the elementary group and Enimofe Elegbede, the only student in the intermediate group. The prizes were Shop LK vourchers, sponsored by the Students Union. Both mentors and learners were enthusiastic participants and found the experience both worthwhile and enjoyable.all-participants

Erasmus Students: Diana Gángó  – Hungary, Jakub Daněček – Czech Republic, Karl Matti and Oliver Tiks – Estonia, Arianna Treppete – Italy, Juliette Emery, Ombeline Faure Ines Nedjar – France, Carlos Tomás – Spain

LyIT student: Enimofe Elegbede  2nd year Law and German

Colaiste Ailigh pupils: Amy Nic Giolla Iontog, Cait Ní Gairbheith , Liam Kapawa,  Grace Ní Crochúir, Niamh Ni Chléirigh,

Loretto convent pupils:  Maeve Foley; Cora Flanagan.



Áine Mc Ateer (LyIT student), Caitlin Conluain (LyIT), lecturer in Irish, Amy Nic Giolla Iontóg (Colaiste Ailigh Transition Year), Úna Carthy (LyIT).

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German cooking demo

Sandra Niemeyer and Jennifer Prieske were active members of the Lingo Club during their Erasmus stay at Letterkenny Institute of Technology. 

In this recording they demonstrate how to prepare a German dish which is typical for their locality in Bremerhafen North Germany.

The recipe is explained in German below:

Frikadellen und Kartoffelgratin für 4 Personen



1 kg Hackfleisch (in Deutschland wird Schweinefleisch bevorzugt)

2 Eier

Eine Zwiebel

Gewürze, wie Pfeffer, Salz, Paprikagewürz

Öl zum Braten



  • Hackfleisch in eine Schüssel geben
  • Zwiebeln in kleine Würfel schneiden
  • Zwiebelwürfel zum Hackfleisch geben
  • 2 Eier aufschlagen und zum Hackfleisch geben
  • Den Hackfleischteig mit Pfeffer, Paprikagewürz, Salz und Knoblauch nach Geschmack würzen
  • Kneten des Hackfleischteiges mit Hand oder Rührgerät
  • Formen kleiner Hackbällchen -  dabei kann die Größe beliebig sein
  • Öl in die Pfanne geben und heiß werden lassen
  • Vorbereitete Frikadellen in die Pfanne geben und  von beiden Seiten gut anbraten





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Professor Feldmeier visits LyIT

Professor Feldmeier, vice Rector of the Hochschule Bremerhafen, gave an extremely interesting and highly entertaining lecture during his recent visit to Letterkenny Institute of Technology on 26 and 27 February 2014.

There were two main sections to the professor’s lecture; firstly, a brief overview of his college in Bremerhafen and secondly, intercultural aspects of doing business with the Germans.   The first section painted a most interesting picture for anyone considering doing an Erasmus semester in Germany, with emphasis on the cultural sights, as well as practical tips regarding accommodation, finances and student travel.  The second section highlighted the importance of intercultural communication in doing business in a global context and then went on to focus on specific aspects of conducting business with the Germans.  The professor illustrated his presentation with many interesting anecdotes, taken from his own experience of living abroad.

This was the professor’s second visit to LyIT and he is most anxious to foster the link with the institute. LyIT students are most welcome to study at Hochschule Bremerhafen, as part of the Erasmus mobility programme.

Please click on the link below for the transcript of the professor’s lecture.  His powerpoint is also available.

Letterkenny 2014 Interkulturelle Aspekte im Geschäftsbeziehungen mit Deutschland

Professor Feldmeier 27.02.14

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Lingolaf at LyIT



Lingolaf facilitators:(from left) Yuliya Svivyd, Maja Wisniewska, Marion Leloup, Alan Cunningham, Nurana Gousseinova, Marina Bethke  Yvonne nass Twerefore.

Lingolaf facilitators:(from left) Yuliya Svivyd, Maja Wisniewska, Marion Leloup, Alan Cunningham, Nurana Gousseinova, Marina Bethke Yvonne nass Twerefore.

On Friday 3 May, the Lingo Club hosted a unique event at the Institute of Technology.  Both Erasmus and LyIT students invited local second level students to engage in language learning activities.  The two hour long event was divided into two sessions: the first session introduced the visitors to tasters in lesser known languages such as Japanese, Russian and Polish; while the second session built on the students’ already existing competence in both French and German. All participants were rewarded for their efforts with cinema vouchers from Century Cinemas, while the Best Language Learners in each language were awarded vouchers for Curry’s.

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Una Carthy presenting the Japanese award to Oisin O Clerigh. This taster was facilitated by 3rd year Business student, Alan Cunningham.



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Caoimhin McLaughlin receives his award for the Best Learner in the taster for Russian, facilitated by Yuliya Svivyd and Nurana Gousseinova (Erasmus students). 

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Deirbhile Ni Chathail, receiving her award for the Best Polish Learner.   This taster was facilitated by Erasmus student, Maja Wisniewska.



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Best Learner in the French session was Odhran Mc Ginley, pictured here with facilitators, Marion Leloup (Erasmus student) and Nickolas Obrien (1st year Law student).

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Aaron O Doherty (centre)  was the Best Learner in the German session.  Also featured are Marina Bethke  Yvonne nass Twerefore (left) and Siobhan Göppert (Coláiste Ailigh).



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Estella Oncin on working in Spain

On 13 December the club welcomed guest speaker Estella Oncin, a Spanish PhD student from Queens University Belfast.

Estella Oncin holds a degree in Translation Studies from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in Spain and a MA in European Studies from the Hannover Universität in Germany. She is a UAB PhD candidate holding a scholarship from CAIAC (Centre for Ambient Intelligence in Catalonia). She has worked as a freelance translator, subtitler, surtitler, respeaker for various Spanish TV programmes and conferences. Since 2011 she has been audio describing the operas at Barcelona Liceo Opera House and providing live subtitles for events at the UAB.

Estella gave a very interesting and enjoyable presentation on Spain with much helpful advice directed at year 2 language students who will be studying and working in Spain next year as part of their course.  Club members and lecturers had the opportunity after the presentation to chat to Estella over coffee and mince pies in the coffee dock, and so ended a very successful and enjoyable semester for the Lingo Club.

A short video clip of the highlights of her presentation is now available on the Club Blog.

Please find her Presentation and Interview below.

Estella Oncins presentation

Estella’s Interview

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Derry Trip – Take Two

After the great feedback we got from our previous Derry outing, we ran to tour again in November. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t as good as last time, but the nice hot cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate at the end made up for it.

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Magda’s Polish Dumplings

Polskie ”Pierogi z kapusta i grzybami”


1 kg kapusty kwaszonej

szczypta soli

szczypta pieprzu ziołowego

20 g grzybów suszonych

1 paczka pieczarek

1 cebula


560 g mąki pszennej lub orkiszowej

1 jajo

0,5 szklanki ciepłej wody

szczypta soli

Polish dumplings with sauerkraut and mushrooms


1 kg sauerkraut

pinch of salt

pinch of herb pepper

20 g of dried mushrooms

1 package of mushrooms

1 onion
Pastry Base

560 g wheat or spelt flour

1 egg

0.5 cups of warm water

pinch of salt

Preparing the stuffing

1. Rinse the cabbage, chop finely.  Add a little water, herbs, mushrooms (previously        soaked). Boil until tender.  Drain off the cabbage with mushrooms in a colander.

2. Grind the cooked vegetables, season with herbs to taste. Fry in a pan along with         diced onion.

3. Sliced ​​mushrooms should be fried in a pan with a small amount of butter.

4. Mix cabbage with mushrooms, onions for stuffing. Season with pepper to taste.


1. Mix all the ingredients and make a smooth   elastic dough,(roll out the dough). Cut circles with a wine glass and then put the stuffing inside.

2. Boil water with salt and oil, then put the dumplings into the water and boil for 3-4 min.

3.   Melt the fat and cut bacon into cubes and fry in a pan.

4. Melt some butter on the pan and add the onion and then pour that over the dumplings.


Watch Magda’s Demonstration at Magdas Dumplings

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Lá na Gaeilge – 13 March 2012

To celebrate Lá na Gaeilge The Lingo Club organised a quick Irish Dance lesson for those in the club. A lot of fun was had by all and a big thank you to Sharon McGlinchey (4th yr. LIB) for teaching us all the Fairy Reel.

Learning the steps

All Danced Out

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Career Talk – David Broderick Export Orientation Programme (EOP)

Here is a copy of the PowerPoint presentation that David Broderick gave at LyIT in March. (Please allow a few minutes to download) David Brodericks Presentation

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Career Talk – Daphné Carthy’s Testimonial

I studied International Business and Languages with German and Spanish at DCU and was shortlisted as part of the EOP programme run by IBEC in my final year. I was called for an interview with Bord Bia, just a few weeks after my last exam and was offered a job as a Marketing Assistant in Bord Bia’s Paris office. The programme included part-time study for a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Business Development. The EOPs therefore attended a 2-week intensive course at DIT followed by a 1-week training programme at Bord Bia’s headquarters in Dublin before heading out to our respective markets.

My work at Bord Bia included assisting in the preparation to and attending trade shows, editing and distributing a newsletter on Irish food and drinks for French buyers, researching various categories within the French food and drinks market and providing Irish food and drinks companies with regular updates on that market. The projects were so varied, no two days were the same and Paris is an amazing city to live and work in! I also had the opportunity to use my German language when Bord Bia transferred me to work in their German office for three months. I participated in the largest trade fair for food and drinks in the world – Anuga – which took place in Cologne in 2011 and which proved to be one of the many memorable experiences of my 18-month work placement. I will also never forget the time I accompanied a group of 20 German buyers on a trip to Ireland to visit Bord Bia Quality assured farms as part of the new Irish Beef promotional campaign launched at the time.

Overall the programme helped me gain invaluable practical experience within Ireland’s dynamic food and drinks industry while studying for a post-graduate diploma. It is a tremendous stepping stone to my next career move and I would highly recommend it!

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