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The Daltaí Boards » Archive: 1999-2004 » 2004 (October-December) » Archive through December 12, 2004 » Today is a big day for me... « Previous Next »

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Aoghagán_mccoy
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Username: Aoghagán_mccoy

Post Number: 1
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, November 26, 2004 - 03:54 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Today I understood a few Irish phrases while listening to RnG!

I have been trying to learn Irish for about a year but I admit that I have been lazy. I will listen to my Pimsleur CDs for a few days then get busy doing other things and not make the time to continue. Within a week, I had to begin again. I really started getting serious about a month ago, and I am into the second of the four Pimsleur CDs. I have also been attending an Irish Language Meetup, which so far only has me and one other person (he is quite fluent in my estimation). We have been meeting once a month and it helps.

Today, I was listening to RnG while I was wasting this beautiful day sitting at my desk at work when some of the phrases made sense to me. This may seem trivial to most of you that are moderate to advanced, or even native speakers, but it is a huge deal to me.

Please excuse my English but I left my reference and study materials at home and writing Irish is still a far cry from understanding it for me. The words and phrases I was able to pick out of the conversations were...

Irish (As in the language)
Hello. (different variations with appropriate responses)
I understand.
Do you understand?
How are you?
I am well.
Very well.
Thank you.
Excuse me.
A little.
Yes. (That is)
No. (That is not)

Like I said, this may not seem like much, but it is a huge milestone for someone who only speaks one language. Apparently, there may be hope for me. I was beginning to think I had some kind of learning disability that made it impossible for me to ever learn a new language. I don't currently have internet access at home so if I had not come into the office this wouldn't have happened. That makes it worth it.

Slán,

ACM

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Posted on Friday, November 26, 2004 - 04:27 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Maith thu. Tús maith leath na hoibre.

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Dearg
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Username: Dearg

Post Number: 11
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Saturday, November 27, 2004 - 09:35 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Aoghagán_mccoy,

Congratulations! I'm pretty much in the same boat as you. RnaG was very tough for me at first, and still is. I remember after about 4 Irish classes, all I could understand on RnaG was:

"agus"

!!



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