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Aim: Break the bricks, score points
Use your mouse or arrow keys to move the paddle to bounce the ball up the screen.

Answer questions by breaking the white bricks.

Your final score is based on correct answers, bricks broken and time taken.
People - portraits
People - portraits

Pong game to learn Irish : People - portraits

This is our version of the classic early computer game "Breakout" ( itself a development of the even earlier "Pong" game - we prefer that name ) where a player controls a bar that knocks a ball or puck around the screen.

Play Pong to learn Irish at learn-irish.net

In our version of Pong/Breakout, there are 3 types of bricks for you to break: green bricks are worth 2 points; yellow bricks are worth 50 points; white bricks which are worth 10 points and result in a Irish language question for the topic you have chosen.

With our Pong game for "Describe faces" you will be learning the Irish vocabulary for the topic Describe faces. The language you will learn is in the vocabulary list below, and consists of 10 Sentences that describe people's heads and faces.

1Tá súile donna aici agus gruaig rua uirthi.She has brown eyes and red hair.
2Tá súile gorma aici agus gruaig fhionn uirthi.She has blue eyes and blond hair.
3Tá súile liatha aige agus gruaig liath air.He has grey eyes and grey hair.
4Tá súile glasa aige. Tá sé maol.He has green eyes. He is bald.
5Tá súile donna aige agus gruaig ghearr air.He has brown eyes and short hair.
6Tá súile donna aici agus gruaig dhonn uirthi.She has brown eyes and brown hair.
7Tá súile gorma aige agus gruaig ghorm air.He has blue eyes and blue hair.
8Tá súile donna aici agus gruaig fhada uirthi.She has brown eyes and long hair.
9Tá súile dorcha donna aige. Tá féasóg air.He has dark brown eyes. He has a beard.
10Tá súile donna aige. Tá croiméal air.He has brown eyes. He has a moustache.

You start with 5 lives. If the ball goes below the paddle, a life is lost and you lose 200 points.

The game ends if you you answer all 10 questions or lose all your lives.


  • This version of Pong is a one player game to learn or revise Irish vocabulary
  • Our Pong for Irish is a scoring game - play a few times and set a personal best score!
  • Addictive! You may end up trying to avoid the white bricks so that you can play for longer…
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How to play Pong to learn
Describe faces in Irish

Screenshot of Pong to learn Irish at learn-irish.net

  1. Select the Pong game from the games selection page.
  2. On the settings page there are brief instructions on how to play.
  3. Click on PLAY to enter the game screen.
  4. The clock starts when the bell rings.
  5. Move your mouse (or finger drag in the white bar for touch screens) to move your paddle left and right.
  6. Knock the ball back up the screen to break the bricks.
  7. You start with 1000 points.
  8. You lose 1 point every 2 seconds.
  9. 200 points are deducted from your score for each life lost
  10. Green bricks score 2 points, yellow bricks score 50 points, white bricks score 10 points and open the question screen.
  11. For each question click/tap on the picture that matches the Irish audio you have heard.
  12. Wrong answers lose you 25 points but correct answers win you 50 points.
  13. Continue breaking bricks and answering questions until you have cleared all the question bricks.
  14. The game also ends if you lose all 5 of your lives.
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