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oneill05 (24.70.95.206 - 24.70.95.206)
Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2003 - 06:41 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

I really don't know any Irish but I would really like to learn gaelic. Does anyone know any good ways to learn???

That would be appreciated

Thanks

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Pádraig Mac Gafraidh (63.175.172.105 - 63.175.172.105)
Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2003 - 07:30 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

A Chara,

http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/blas/learners/index.shtml

If you follow this link, you'll discover a program called "giota beag" which will take you through some very basic, beginners; material. You'll need a sound card, speakers, and a connection through RealOne or RealTime. This is a lot of fun as well. One thing of note is that the dialect is Ulster, and might sound a bit strange if you've been exposed to the South.

In America you might try http://www.erinsweb.com. The lessons here are all bookwork, and designed to teach persons who are learning on their own without benefit of other Irish speakers.

Bain sult as! Have fun with it!
Pádraig

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James (209.48.182.219 - 209.48.182.219)
Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2003 - 07:43 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

I would recommend Learning Irish by Michéal Ó Síadhail if you are really into the grammar side of things. The opposite end of that spectrum is Buntús Cainte which can be purchased from the shop on this site. It is purely rote memorization but it's alot of fun and suprisingly effective. In between these two is Gaeilge Agus Faílte with some grammar, some culture and some otherwise just plain interesting reading. There seems to be a problem getting it in the U.S. though--everyone I know with it has had to call Ireland. Do a search using the search item to the left and you'll find phone numbers, address, web site etc, for this really unique resource.

In either case get the tapes that accompany the book. You'll NEVER make sense of Irish just by reading it. If you don't believe me now, you will within your first hour of trying :)!!

Ádh mór ort. (Good Luck!)
Le meas,

James

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Michael Noonan (64.154.73.79 - 64.154.73.79)
Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2003 - 09:12 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Find a class, group, or even one or two people that you can speak with on a regular basis.
Learn how to have a conversation.
Buntas Cainte is a good book to start with. Focloir Poca is a mini-dictionary but has far more words than you'll find in the back of Irish books.
I would echo James': "You'll never make sense of Irish by just reading it."
Listen to it and speak it.

Slan go foill (Bye for now)
Michil

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