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Clare Lunney ( -
Posted on Thursday, February 06, 2003 - 09:28 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Hi everyone,

I have been learning from Teach Yourself Irish (O se) and have noticed the criticism of the pack which I own...I think it's pretty good, though I do envy the fluency of many speakers on this board and sure hope to be half as fluent one day!
Basically, I have heard that Munster Irish is the softest of the Irish dialects, so that is the dialect I am most interested in learning.
If any of you could recommend a good course in this with (preferably) a strong grammatical approach, please let me know.

Go raibh maith agat!


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Seosamh ( -
Posted on Friday, February 07, 2003 - 03:24 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

I don't know what you mean by soft, but by all means learn Munster if you wish. It's a wonderful dialect.

For anyone learning Munster Irish, the perfect supplement to the new Teach Yourself Irish would be the old Teach Yourself Irish. It's pure, old-fashioned wonderful Munster Irish.

Some books have a Munster bias. I think that Beginning Irish, published by Hippocrene here in New York, fits this category.

Try to get as much contact as you can with people who speak Munster Irish. When you get reasonably literate in Irish, there are many written texts in Munster and a few of them have been put on tape. Old classics include the old novel Se´adna, the classic memoirs An tOileanach, Peig, and Fiche Bliain ag Fás. A very contemporary and lively writer is Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé. His books include a couple written for young people, so they won't be overwhelming.

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