https://www.duolingo.com/Dangergirl_16

Looking for an Irish buddy

Dia Duit! I've been studying Irish for more than a year and have finally recognized that I really need a partner if I want to become fluent. I didn't know I picked a language that I would never find anyone to talk to in the 4th largest city in America. BUT apparently I have. It would be great to have someone to write or chat with.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

You should be able to track someone down in Houston - while it's not typically considered a traditional "Irish American" city, it has an active GAA club, Irish Music classes, a Center for Irish Studies at St Thomas University, an Irish Networking group and a more traditional (read "old fashioned") Irish Society.

This page lists a contact for Conradh na Gaeilge in Houston, but I haven't been able to find any other source to confirm that.

There's also an honorary Irish Consul in Houston - you could give them a call and ask if they have any suggestions.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dangergirl_16

thank you so much. i will look a few of these up & hopefully ...find a person

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

Did you manage to make contact with anyone?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dangergirl_16

I hang out with the Irish Footballers, but they hardly ever speak Irish. Even those with the thickest Irish accent, speak only English. So still working on finding a person.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

Unfortunately, most of us are a lot more comfortable in English, and will only speak Irish if prodded, and then often only haltingly. But let people know that you're interested in speaking Irish, and someone may know someone who is more comfortable chatting as Gaeilge, and put you in touch. It's all about networking!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dquedenfeld16

I've been looking for the same. I prefer open chatrooms though and made one using Discord. It's usually kind of empty but if you join just pop in every once in a while and say hi! You can join without registering, just pick a nickname. https://discord.gg/0f3o7jsfdGRMXZvc

3 years ago
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