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Reading Irish

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I've been feeling a bit discouraged about my abilities lately. I'd like to get more practice reading (lower level) Irish text. Any suggestions?

2 years ago

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You could try Bliu Bliu. It tests your vocabulary and then seeks out snippets of text that should be around your reading level. It's a freemium model, so you can at least get a taste for it before committing money. Their Irish support is still in Beta and mostly draws texts from Vicipéid (the Irish Wikipedia).

I personally enjoy graphic novels when practising reading in Irish or German. There isn't all that much text, the images will help you and there tends to be a focus on conversational Irish. Colmán Ó Raghallaigh has published some beautiful adaptations of The Táin and Deirdre agus Mic Uisnigh. The first few volumes of Asterix have been translated. I enjoyed Corp an Duine Uasail by Pénélope Bagieu (though the ending is a bit abrupt).

2 years ago

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I never thought about reading graphic novels for language learning, that is brilliant!

2 years ago

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There are a fair number of adult learner novels and short story collections available in Irish. One of the best sites I found was "An Litriocht" which has a substantial number of adult learner books for sale and a very good mail order service. Most of these books can be had for between 5 and 10 euros.

Also there is a website called An Tuaraisc (check my spelling) which is an online news magazine with articles in Irish on a weekly basis. It also has a learner section on the site which has reading and listening material and at least one adult learner novel which all can be used for free.

There is a lot of other stuff out there as well.

Hope this helps.

Seamus OD

2 years ago

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hpfan5
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Tuairisc.ie - Connacht Rugby Website ?

2 years ago

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Míle buíochas , a dhuine uasail!

1 year ago

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I recently got Harry Potter translated into Irish :)

2 years ago

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if anyone can find any Irish childrens' books that would be great for beginners ..

2 years ago

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I can suggest the following, in order of difficulty: 1) Na Bleachtairí series by Gabriel Rostenstock. Very easy and give you the satisfaction of finishing a whole book. 2) Tin Tin and Asterix. 3) An Táin and other graphic novels by Colman O Raghallaigh, as Fingolfin mentioned. 4) Oileán an Órchiste and An Fuadach - translations of Robert Louis Stevenson. They make exciting reading and build your vocab, and there are English versions to consult in an emergency. But they require an investment of time. 5) M' Asal Beag Dubh by Patraic O Conaire. Available here https://wikisource.org/wiki/An_Crann_G%C3%A9agach/M%E2%80%99asal_beag_dubh and surprisingly easy and funny.

1 year ago