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Brian Carroll
Posted on Tuesday, January 25, 2000 - 09:08 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Hello All:
I am not an Irish speaker. But my mom is from Mayo, and she grew up among some older neighbors who had the irish, so as a girl she spoke some with the neigbors and had it in the schools as well. Now that I have young children, I think it would be wonderful for mom to pass some of what she knows along to the kids (and to me, for that matter). She has always been trying to get them to count in irish etc. Anyway, I purchased a BBC language tape (the Muzzy tape). The kids like it, and mom loves it.
Can any of you recommend other childrens' tapes like this? The tapes help mom remember more of the language and the kids are interested.
Any help would be appreciated

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Máire Ní Ógáin (netcache2.mot.com - 129.188.33.222)
Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2000 - 04:44 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Padraigín Ní Uallacháin and Garry Ó Briain brought out a CD a couple of years ago called A Stór is a Stóirín, the second half of which is Irish songs for children, with the lyrics (with translation and explanation) and music in the accompanying booklet - it's well worth getting hold of. The also brought out another album of songs for children alone, When I Was Young, but I don't know if all the songs are in Irish or not - I think they are. I've seen both of them listed in online music stores, but they should be available in Irish music shops anywhre, too.

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Aonghus ( - 212.185.252.5)
Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2000 - 01:55 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

There is a wonderful CD & Book of children's rhymes "Rabhlaí Rabhlaí."

It is published by Oidhreacht Chorca Duibhne, and has a variety of Gaeltacht people saying the rhymes.
The ISBN is 0 906 096 09 X

I am bringing up my two sons (3 & 4) in Germany and the CD was a great help.

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Seosamh (1cust16.tnt14.nyc3.da.uu.net - 63.23.142.16)
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2000 - 06:26 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

There are also the Bouli videotapes ('Bouli agus a Chairde' and 'Bouli Arís' are the titles, I think). It's a popular cartoon show from France dubbed into Irish about a snowman.

They're not instructional. The characters talk at normal speed for native speakers -- may even faster. But if your 'maimeo' watches it with them, she can teach them as they see stories on the screen.

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brian carroll
Posted on Thursday, February 03, 2000 - 12:44 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Thank you all for these wonderful responses. I'll look for the childrens' stories in some local Irish stores. I've found the Bouli tapes on the RTE web site, and will order them. I will also try to hunt down the Rabhlaí CD as well.

Again, thanks

Slán (gosh I hope I did that right:) )

Brian

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