It seems we are after more than just a ‘cúpla focal’ with figures showing a doubling in the number of visitors to focloir.ie, the English-Irish dictionary translation site.
The site is run by Foras na Gaeilge which provided data on its operations to tuairisc.ie — including the most-searched-for words that visitors want translated.
From September 15 last year to October 14 this year, the word ‘love’ was the most searched for on the site, sought on 2,661 separate occasions.
Next up was ‘hello’, popping into the online translation site 2,528 times, while ‘for’ was the subject of 2,416 searches, with ‘shower’, somewhat surprisingly, the fourth most popular, searched for on 1,656 occasions. It’s ‘cithfholcadán’ since you ask.
Over the year, focloir.ie had 95,050 visitors, more than double the numbers for the previous 12 months, with 314,288 individual word searches which was also more than double that for the previous year.
There has also been an increase in the number of people who use the site on mobile devices, while 6,300 new word entries were added in the past 12 months.
Almost three quarters of all searches were made by Irish visitors to the website, but 12% came from the US, with around half that amount from the UK.
The figures for the past year were revealed on Irish language news site tuairisc.ie, and will also be referenced in two presentations due to take place in Killarney, Co Kerry, this week as part of the Oireachtas na Samhna event.
At 2pm tomorrow there will be a practical session showing how to get the most out of Foras na Gaeilge’s dictionary websites and an hour later there will be an information session on the latest developments in Foras na Gaeilge’s dictionary projects, including a computer-based grammar assistant.
Both sessions will take place in the Munster Suite in the Brehon Hotel in Killarney.
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