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José CALVETE ( -
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2000 - 05:43 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

A Chara,

I have learnt some Irish with Conradh na Gaeilge when I stayed in Paris and now I am looking for Irish courses by correspondence. Could you give addresses of Irish courses by correspondence ?
I have learnt Cornish by correspondence and I have attained fluency in it and I have even been made Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd. I would like to do the same with the Irish language that is why I am looking for Irish courses by correspondence. I really want to learn good Irish.
Is mise, le meas,


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Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2000 - 12:59 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

A chara,

mo leithsceal, ach níl eolas agam faoi chúrsa litir maith. Táim féin tar éis mo chuid Gaeilge a fhoghlaim sa ghaeltacht Chorca Dhuibhne, agus is maith liom na cúrsaí ann go mór. Is easca an teanga a fhoghalim nuair atá gach duine á labhairt. Dár ndóigh, ní féidir Kernowek a fhoghlaim mar sin, agus is mór an trua nach bhfuil ceantar fíor-Chernowek i gKernow.

I'm sorry. but I don't know about any good correspondence course. I have learned Irish in the west Kerry Gaeltacht, and I like their courses a lot. It is easy to learn the language when everyone is speaking it. Of course, Cornish cannot be learnt the same, and it is a shame that there isn't any area where Cornish is the first spoken language.

May I ask whether your Cornish is Kemmyn, Unified or Modern? I think the Cornish language is interesting, but find the controversy between the groups somewhat off-putting. I have visited various Internet-sites, some claiming that Kemmyn is a bogus form, some claiming that Unified is totaly wrong. Most claiming that Modern Cornish is corrupted, and some claiming that all three forms are purely artificial. Could you be so nice as to provide some expert information about this subject, either on this site or to me by e-mail?

Is mise, le meas
Jonas Holmqvist

P.S. Would you be the same person as Markonatrix?

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Mary ( -
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2000 - 06:16 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

I've emailed around myself and am still waiting to hear back from some organizations/agencies; Bord Na Gaeilge for one. I'll post again if I hear of anything noteworthy.
However, I did find the following website. If anyone is familiar with this group, please post opinions.

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Posted on Monday, March 20, 2000 - 04:27 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

I don't know anyone who has taken Eo Feasa's lessons, but the person who runs it posts to the Gaelic A or L list and he seems very competent in Irish, experienced in teaching and friendly.

Does Linguaphone still have correspondence lessons as an add-on to their nicely put together but very expensive language courses? I knew some one in New Jersey who arranged to go through their Irish course while corresponding with a university instructor in Ireland. That was in the early 80s. She seemed to find it worthwhile. The instructor was surprised how well she did -- it being by correspondence and she 'being a Yank' and all.

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