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Keith Miller (12.226.218.55 - 12.226.218.55)
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2003 - 01:28 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Alright, a friend and I are very interested in learning the language, we've got several before it and pick 'em up rather quickly, nad are wondering any sources a common bookstore might have...we're both very much against tapes, which make it a problem, but any kind of grammar resource is useful (including the one on this site!) more important for our intents and purposes though is...

...a beginner's wordlist / vocabulary list...if anyone knows of one online with basic words and such for basic conversation, and it can be in English or German, I would be very grateful

Thanks much!

Keith

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Keith Miller (12.226.218.55 - 12.226.218.55)
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2003 - 01:30 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Ah yes, and I forgot to mention, we're a bit pressed for cash at the moment, so if it's online and free, that's better, but we're open to books also, provided they could be found in your standard issue "Walden's Bookstore" ... a store with which I am not much pleased as they don't have anything for Russian...anyways, that's all, thanks again!

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Maidhc Ó G. (65.128.201.65 - 65.128.201.65)
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2003 - 07:23 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Hello Keith,
There's tons of help to be found. First go back the conversation listing titled "DUBLIN". In that thread you'll find on Antóin's listing from June, 09 - 2003. at 7:01 am a couple of really good listings for on-line book stores and other places of interest.
One suggestion I can give you as for a choice of language book and tapes would be "Learning Irish" by: Mícheál Ó Siadhail. The ISBN# on my copy is ISBN 0-300-06462-4. It comes with a book and four tapes and goes for about $39.95 US from most places.
Other places which may interest you are - "Giota Beag", which can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/blas/learners/index.shtml
It's in the Ulster dialect, but is free and has sound and covers some common conversation situations.
Another is at http://erinsweb.com/gae_index.html
These were first published in the "Irish People". There's 128 Lessons in the Munster dialect and there is also a message board. It, too, is free.
And for your listening pleasure, you can go to www.rte.ie and go into "RnaG" - Radió na Gaeltachta.
No doubt, too, others with have suggestions for things I may have missed.
Go n-éirí an t-ádh leat!
Le meas,
Maidhc.

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Keith Miller (12.226.218.55 - 12.226.218.55)
Posted on Friday, June 13, 2003 - 05:13 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Thank you much for your help, the Giota Beag program is very useful! However, I'm still looking for a website or book of somesuch with a larger vocab list and, more importantly, grammar charts!

Again, thanks much Maidhc!

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Maidhc Ó G. (65.128.200.127 - 65.128.200.127)
Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2003 - 10:32 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Keith,
Check out the grammar section here on this site. There's excellent verb charts and also prepositions as well. But to really expand your vocabulary, you're really going to need a dictionary. There are some really good and inexpensive ones out there. Have you tried going to www.litriocht.com? They've got a good selection of lots of stuff.
-Maidhc.

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Keith Miller (12.226.218.55 - 12.226.218.55)
Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2003 - 02:11 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Alright then I'll be looking for a dictionary now. I'm checking that website...you wouldn't happen to know if they carry anything in the standard "Walden's Books" chain store? I need to get my hands on something before next week or I'll have nothing to do on vacation!

Thanks so much again,

Keith

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Maidhc Ó G. (65.128.200.238 - 65.128.200.238)
Posted on Sunday, June 15, 2003 - 08:23 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Dia dhuit, a Keith,
"Learning Irish" from Mícheál Ó Siadhail is worth a try. My copy has ISBN# 0-300-06462-4. It comes with 4 tapes and genrally goes for around $40. A very inexpensive dictionary is the Collins Gem Irish Dictionary. I'm currently in the market for a newer one, but my own copy of this has done me well until now. I'm not sure of the ISBN# as to mine is an older copy. A new one should still run you less than $10.
-Maidhc.

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Phil (159.134.209.229 - 159.134.209.229)
Posted on Monday, June 16, 2003 - 01:23 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

The best dictionary I've ever seen is "Foclóir", by "An Comhlact Oideachais Ó Siochfhradha". It's colour coded, easy to read through, gives the different cases and all. It's less than €10 I'd say.

-Phil

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