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Jennifer (bg-tc-ppp818.monmouth.com - 209.191.53.194)
Posted on Friday, September 24, 1999 - 07:49 pm:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

To whom it may concern,
My name is Jennifer and I'm american,although I come from an Irish
backround.My family has never really placed a big improtance on their
history,however,even being 16,I am curious to learn about it.In my
school,classes such as Spanish are taught,quite common.It crossed my mind
over this past summer,that it would be great if I could learn the Irish
language and be able to,sort of keep our backround alive;in other words.I
would be thrilled to learn it,the only problem is that I dont know where I
would learn it,or how!No one seems to be able to answer my questions,and I'm
sorta feelign lost.My goal is to slowly learn a second language,and I'd be
honored for it to be Irish!My family does not have much money,so I wouldnt be
able to pay for lessons,or many books,etc.that may end up being required for
learning.Is there anyway that I coudl learn this language online,free of
cost?I woudl be SO happy if it were possibly,not to mention grateful :) I'm
really not sure what else to say,I just REALLY want to learn the Irish
language,and I'm willign to spend a lot of tiem studying it,etc.....because
I'ms erious about learnign it.If you or anyoen you know coudl help me
out,please post a reply.(I would
also liek to mention that I want to be a writer when I grow up and this would
be greta if I could write my poems or stories in Irish,too! :) The
possibilities are almost endless when you know a second language...especially
when your'e tryign to save one that isnt' as known)!
Sincerely,
Jennifer

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Jennifer
Posted on Friday, September 24, 1999 - 10:58 pm:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

p.s.(sorry about the typos,it was late at night when I typed that :)

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Caoimhín O'Cléirigh
Posted on Friday, September 24, 1999 - 11:19 pm:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

Jennifer,

Check out our Classes page at:

http://www.daltai.com/classes.htm

Good luck!

Kevin

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Kay
Posted on Saturday, September 25, 1999 - 04:49 am:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

Dia duit, Jennifer,

There is a lot of helpful information on the following site.
http://www.wpunj.edu/cohss/language/ihde/

Also you are welcome to visit my site
http://www.iol.ie/~sefton/

Go n-éirí leat! (wishing you success)

Kay

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wm.fuller (199.80.100.23 - 199.80.100.23)
Posted on Saturday, September 25, 1999 - 09:55 am:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

Jennifer: An t-adh leat! (Literally, Luck with you)

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ariel
Posted on Thursday, September 30, 1999 - 01:58 am:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

a Jennifer, a chara,

I finished my australian leaving certificate and spent the following summer doing nothing else but studying irish. Six months later i did the irish papers for the irish leaving cert, a year later published a page in gaelic in an irish paper over here and a year later wrote a book of short stories. There's a billion more people and resources etc in the us than in sydney, so if i can do it you can too. Just search around as hard as you can for a couple of friendly native speakers and get your hands on some tapes of Raidio na Gaeltachta (national irish radio)to get that lovely blas happening. My family had no bucks either, so i packed crumpets in a bread factory for hours on end till i could afford the fees for a summer school here.

All you need to do is work really hard and you'll get what you want. I really know where you're coming from.

best of luck, (Adh Mor)


Ariel.

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c.h.i.p. (vp201-75.worldonline.nl - 195.241.201.75)
Posted on Sunday, April 16, 2000 - 02:54 pm:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

Look at this site. I'm only 14 years old and come from Holland, i dont know why i want to learn Irish while i can't speak English....

http://inac.irishpeople/gealic/index.html

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c.h.l.p. (vp201-75.worldonline.nl - 195.241.201.75)
Posted on Sunday, April 16, 2000 - 02:55 pm:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

Sorry, i can't speak GOOD English

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