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SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) has some educational resources in Irish and English

I came across these the other day. The SEAI has a lot of educational resources available on its website, and some of the resources for Primary schools are available in both English and Irish. (Unfortunately, it looks like some of the newer resources are in English only, and the Postprimary resources also seem to be English only).

For example, Leabhar_Mor_Ghuslaeir (Guzzlers Big Book) and Fiosraíonn Guslaer faoi chúrsaí fuinnimh! (Guzzler Investigates Energy!)

You can see a list of the resources available here.

2 years ago

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Knocksedan, thank you so much for posting those two books. I get a lot of learning benefit reading books in the language I'm learning. Children's books are especially valuable, because they're a great way to start reading in a foreign language. Children's books also give you insight into that language's culture. It can be hard to find children's books in any foreign language, so thank you.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

You might find this collection interesting. They are stories written and decorated by school-children.

(Click on the Rang 1 - Rang 6 buttons at the top left. You can view the stories inline, or download them as PDFs).

2 years ago

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Wow, thank you so much! What a unique experience. Not only are there MORE children's books, but they're written by the children themselves. I bet that was a fun assignment for those students (I love their art work). Thank you for another link to more books, this is great. So I'm guessing "rang" means grade? Thank you for having the foresight to see I'm only a level 6 in Irish, and explaining which buttons to click on the page. You are a true lover of learning and language to share these resources.

Thanks again!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

I came across An Feasta some months ago while searching for something, but I only realized the significance of the site yesterday, when I read your comment, and went to see if I could find it again for you.

In Ireland, we translate rang as "class" - a grade is the outcome of a test, but yes, Rang would be a "grade" in other places.

Primary schools start with Junior Infants (4-5 year-olds), Senior Infants (as kids we called them "low babies and high babies", which utterly infuriated my nieces and nephews when they were in those classes), then 1st Class (Rang a hAon), 2nd Class (Rang a Dó), up to 6th Class (Rang a Sé) at 11-12 years old. Secondary schools run from 1st Year to 6th Year.

And my explanation of how to use the site wasn't a reflection on your level - it took me a few minutes to figure it out myself!

2 years ago

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Oh no, please, no offense taken about my level, it's not like that. I am proud of being a beginner. But, thank you for letting me know where you're coming from in your explanation of the site. I could see how it would have been confusing. And, sorry for assuming you were referring to my level. : )

These books really are very resourceful and neat, so thank you so much for going back and finding the link for me. Hopefully one day I'll find some cool Irish book link to share with you as well. If you ever start German, I've got a few resourceful links for that.

Thanks for the explanation of Irish Primary schools and Secondary schools. I didn't know that's how it works. I am fascinated with Ireland, and I'm constantly looking to learn new cultural things about Ireland. Here in the United States we have Pre-school which starts at age 3 and runs to age 4 or 5. Then we start Elementary school at age 5, which begins with a year of Kindergarten before going to first grade (or 1st class, rather). It's interesting that our introduction year is named after a German word, "Children's' Garden" or "Children's' Yard". Elementary school runs up to sixth grade (or 6th class ). Then we start Junior High school with 7th class at age 12. Depending on what part of the country you're in, High school will start at either 9th class or 10th class and run to 12th class. And, I'm sure those titles infuriated your nieces and nephews. I could see how such little kid/big kid labels would frustrate a child. I remember always striving to be seen as a big kid no matter what age I was. Kids are funny.

Again, thank you so much! These kinds of exchanges are priceless, and the best way to learn about other cultures. I hope to visit Ireland one day, and have the opportunity to use my Irish; especially when I visit the Aran Islands and rural places like that. As I hear, Gaeilge is still widely spoken in smaller towns in the country side and off the coast.

Peace be with you!

2 years ago