Irish Radio Shows
I was in Ireland this last march and absolutely loved it! I was mostly in the Doolin area as my wife and I were married on the Cliffs of Moher.
Anyway, we listened to Ireland's RTE radio station a bit and really enjoyed it. I have been looking at the list of Gaelic programs, and I'm having some trouble gaining context.
Are there any good programs for Irish learners? Or is it better to just listen to whatever to get the flow of the language sound?
Any input you all can give would be great.
I keep meaning to listen to more Irish language radio (just to get the flow of it), but I usually only have the radio on for the news.
Aside from the national station Raidió na Gaeltachta, check out Raidió na Life a Dublin local radio station, or, as AljoschaLi suggests, watch some TV in Irish with English subtitles on TG4 (which is not part of RTÉ, though RTÉ is responsible for producing a lot of TG4 content.
I am pretty much the opposite hehe, I have very little time to watch TV but a 40+ minute drive to and from work every day. With 80 or more driving minutes per day I have lots of time to listen to Gaelic stuff. I like listening even if I only pick out the word "Agus" consistently because it gives me a feeling of how the language flows.... The problem that I don't have any context for what the shows are talking about unless its obviously a person introducing various songs. If there was a Gaelic podcast about the history of Ireland or something... I dunno... I guess maybe I need to find some kids shows or just make time to watch a show from TG4 occasionally.
I should note that this morning when I realized I was able to pick out every time they said "Agus", I felt like a master linguist :) I'm level 13 in French, and feel like Gaelige will be easier to follow between spoken and written because half the word doesn't vanish when you speak like it does in French. I'm super excited to learn Irish. I feel like it's really important that the Celtic branch of languages survives. Thanks for the advice so far!
RTE has an wonderful archive of documentaries, and I'm sure they must have some as Gaeilge, but I don't know where you'd find them!
The Podchraoltaí link on the RnaG site gives access to podcasts for many of their regular shows, and you might find that Cormac ag a Cúig would work for you - while the minutiae of Irish politics might pass you by if you're not in Ireland, when they cover international stories, you'll have enough background to follow along, and even for the stuff you don't know the background to, you'll quickly begin to pick phrases out.
I don't know if there are any programmes specially aimed at learners but listening to the radio is definitely a good thing to do in addition to an Irish class.
Find a show or two on Raidió na Gaeltachta and stick with them. They usually have a podcast option so download them and find time to listen to them. Once every day or 2-3 times a week but listen intently. Depending on the level you are at it will be very hard initially but stick with it. You'll find if you stick with a particular person a lot of what they say will be completely lost on you but there are certain words and phrases they will use repeatedly. You'll pick up these words/phrases etc and gradually it'll all come together. If you listen to a different person every time you'll find it harder.
When I started doing it the whole show was just white noise but gradually I was able to pick out words here and there that I had learned elsewhere. After a while I was able to pick out whole sentences and finally I could the gist of what they were discussing.
If you are a beginner I wouldn't really dedicate a lot of time to it where you could be doing proper study. It's really good for situations where you can't really do anything else - travelling to work, gym etc.
Ronan Beo, barrscealta & Cormac ag a Cúig are the ones I used.