The how-to tag features blog posts that give detailed and practical advice on particular topics such as how to say hello in Irish and technical matters.


How to Write like an Architect

How to Write like an Architect, Set Square Required

If you’re a fan of fonts and design, you’ll like this short video.

It’s a bit of fun, but interesting to see the process of how this designer writes like an architect.

We found this video interesting from a few different aspects. Firstly, it’s a nice font and it shows how you can write in a neat manner; something we can all use on our next signs / posters on the office noticeboard. Secondly, it’s also showing a technical process and how you can use your T-square and set square to draft the lines to draw a super neat font, an impressive technical skill.

Doug Patt who put this together is a mechanical design engineer and it’s a smart way to advertise his business.

Finally, it’s a good instructional video – short and to the point.

The STAR Team

How do you create a good web page?

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Writing for the Web: How do you create a good web page?

This is a great question, and we got some great advice from Maryrose Lyons.

“Writing for the Web” was the title of the presentation given as part of the Innovation Dublin lunchtime talk. With over 13 years of experience in this field, Maryrose gave some really great advice.

Top Five Tips

Maryrose covered five main points on “how to write to be read online.”

  1. All about me, me, me
  2. Make text scannable
  3. Make it “skimmable
  4. Lovely links
  5. Social network style

Let’s get down to business…

All about me, me, me

Your web page should be all about the client. Clients don’t want to read that you have the best technology in the world, they just want to solve their problems. Don’t sell drills, sell the perfect hole.

Make Text Scannable

Your page should be easily scannable by the reader. Use graphics to show the key actions such as “Get our best quote” or “Get a quote here!”

Get our best quote.

Make it easy for your customers to understand what you want them to do on each page. It should have a clear headline: simple and to the point. “Drill the perfect hole” instead of “the most cost-effective drill, durable and great for getting the job done.”

In others words, readers should be able to scan your web page quickly when they arrive on it by using title, subheadings etc., so they know what you can do for them.

Make it “skimmable

Similarly, the text has to be skimmed. To help readers, use bold keywords and short words; get to the point. Write 50% less text. For example, it’s better to write ‘so’ than ‘consequently.’

Lovely Links

Make sure your links are clear and simple. Never type “click here.” It’s better to have the link on the important keywords, but not the focus keyword. To read more about style download the presentation.

Social Network Style

If you want people to share your content on social media remember text is short. Twitter is only 140 characters or less, therefore make sure your content can be shared in this space. Keep it short and simple.

See her entire presentation on Slideshare.

Maryrose Lyons is managing director of Brightspark Consulting, a social media marketing company. Brightspark helps clients define and build online strategies.

The STAR Team

How to say mobile phone in Irish

What is mobile phone in irish?
What’s Irish for mobile phone?

How to say mobile phone in Irish?

We’re often asked about certain words in Irish and one which we frequently have a debate about is the Irish word for mobile phone.

There are actually two legitimate translations: fón póca and guthán póca. Which is the most common one?

We tend to prefer guthán póca as it’s older in form and it sounds more natural to us.

Fón póca is a very literal translation meaning pocket phone, and sounds like it has just been literally copied from English.

That’s our opinion; though we would love to hear yours. Which translation is more meaningful?

The STAR Team

How to Say Can I have a pint of beer please, in Irish?

Irish Word of the Day Series, Can I have a pint of beer please, in Irish?
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Learn to Say Can I have a pint of beer please, in Irish

It’s Irish Week (Seachtain na Gaeilge). Learn how to say ‘can I have a pint of beer please’, in Irish.

Saint Patrick’s Day is also coming soon, so this question may be useful to some of you.

In this series, we will teach you common Irish words and phrases. Each day, spread your love of the language: learn and use a few irish words. It’s always nice to hear, even if you can only say ‘hello’ or ‘goodbye’.

Have a look at our other Irish Word of the Day videos on YouTube.

The STAR Team

How to Learn Irish

How to learn Irish (and other languages)
How to Learn Irish / Abair Leat website

How to Learn Irish (and other languages)

As part of Seachtain na Gaeilge, you might want to revise your Irish. Here are a few good tips to learn Irish and any other language.

  1. Become Familiar with the language and its pronunciation
    • The best way is to listen to the radio and watch TV. You will find good TV channels to support you when learning. Watching the news or series and listening to radio shows while you are doing your daily work is also a time saving way to practice if you don’t have much time. We recommend:
      • Bernard Dunne’s Bród Club on RTE 1, Monday at 19:00 *This programme is no longer available
      • Radio Rí Rá is an online radio Station for young people that uses Irish. It’s also available as a free app on your smartphone
      • Radio WDAR 96FM with Cá bhfuil an obair? radio program *This programme is no longer available
  2. Learn the vocabulary
    • The average number of necessary words we speak in everyday life is about 400 to 1,000. You will have to take a while to learn them so that you will be able to use them to talk with anyone. When you become fluent you should be able to use the idioms of a language. To make it easier, use mnemonics to link words.
    • Use your imagination; when you learn a new word the best way to memorize it is to have visualized it or even to create a short story with it
    • The word serendipity, which can’t really be translated into French is heureux hasard. This word can be related to Newton discovering the law of gravity. This example of discovery is, in fact, serendipitous
  3. Practice the language
    • Join or create a conversation group to talk with on a regular basis. Learning a language is easier when using it every day. You will be surprised to see how fast you learn without even noticing the effort
    • As suggested by Eoin, it is also a good idea to search YouTube for Irish language covers of pop songs. Try to find the Irish versions of your favourite songs
  4. Using the Internet
    • The Internet is a wonderful source of content to find tools that can help when learning a language. So here is a useful list of indispensable websites that can help you to practice and improve your Irish
      • The website is in Irish and you can learn and chat in Irish with the other website users. Good way to practice and to find support
      • Easy Irish on RTE: learn by listening to MP3 audio file and studying conversations
      • BBC’s Irish language courses: this website is in Irish and provides various content to help you improve your level of Irish, no matter what that may be
      • Learn Irish with Liam O Maonlai on the Irish Independent website: learn Irish with Liam O Maonlai thanks to its MP3 file and written content
      • Bitesize Irish Gaelic: this website offers content to learn and improve your irish
      • You can also listen to our Irish Word of the day videos on YouTube

Share this article if you know someone interested in learning Irish or any other language.

The STAR Team

How to say, in Irish: You Are Welcome

Irish Word of the Day Series, How to say, in Irish: You are welcome

Irish Word of the Day Series

Irish Word of the Day series for Irish Language Week; learn how to say ‘you are welcome’ in Irish for Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Spread your love of Irish this week by using a few words every day. We translate both from and into Irish.

The STAR Team

How to say Thank You in Irish?

Irish Word of the Day Series, how to say thank you in Irish

How to Say Thank You in Irish

As part of our Irish Word of the Day Series, learn how to say thank you in Irish for Irish Language Week (Seachtain na Gaeilge).

Share our videos to help spread the Irish language.

The STAR Team

How to Say Please in Irish?

Irish Word of the Day Series, how to say please in Irish

How to Say Please in Irish

As part of our Irish Word of the Day series for Irish Language Week (Seachtain Na Gaeilge), learn how to say please in Irish.

Spread your love of the language for Irish Week by using a few words every day.

The STAR Team

Tell Someone You Love Them This Valentine’s

Tell Someone You Love Them in Multiple Languages

Learn how to say ‘I love you’ in many languages this Valentine’s Day.

To help you tell someone you love them this Valentine’s day, we have produced a video to help you say ‘I love you’ in multiple languages. Share, learn and enjoy…

Now you can say ‘I love you’ in French, German, Italian, Irish, Japanese and Chinese.

Learn to say I love you.

We provide translation services in over 70 languages. We are passionate about helping people communicate around the world.

The STAR Team

How do you say I Love You in French?

Learn to Say I Love You in French this Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day approaches, most translation companies around the world get asked at some time or another to translate ‘I love you’ or ‘will you marry me?’

To help you on your way to that special day, we’ve translated the most popular phrases into over 28 languages. We have even recorded the voices for you. So you’ll be able to pronounce them an impress that someone special!

Visit our ‘I love you’ page and learn how to say I love you in French in no time.

We’ve even included some advice and contact information for getting married around the globe.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all the team at STAR.