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Any good Irish books (in Irish of course!)?

Hello. I'm really enjoying learning Irish on dueling. Are there any good Irish books in gaelic? I've only found a few children's books and An Hobad. Thanks! :D

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

First off, it's not "gaelic". Gaelic is a language family consisting of Scots Gaelic, Irish, and Manx. It's just called Irish.

But, you really need to start with children's books/young adult books. For that, I recommend the series on Fionn Mac Chumhail by Tadgh Mac Dhonnagáin. They even come with a CD of him reading them. From there, maybe venture up to young adult books and then adult books. It's very similar to how you learned to read in English, and if you start too strong too soon, you'll discourage yourself.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/proinsias123

How many pages is each book, and does the text cover the entirety of each page or do pictures take up a lot of space?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

I'm not sure off the top of my head, but it's worth the 25€.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

I recently came across a link to a list of Irish Language Books on goodreads.com - it might even have been on a post here on Duolingo.

There are 111 entries on the list, and that total includes some books of poetry that have poems in Irish.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnLonDubhBeag

A good Munster author to try is Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé.

He has a really nice book "Mair, a chapaill", it'd be the equivalent of a book for a ten year old in English, but it is full of really good Irish and native sentence structures, I know a few people got more comfortable with the grammar after it.

If you'd more want a good adult novel, you could also try his "Tae le Tae".

Irish really excels at the folkloric short story, the best book in this regard is "Le gradam is le spraoi". A collection of folktales from Mayo, it's a really good intro to the kind of Gaelic stories common all over Ireland in the past. It has the advantage that most of it can be understood with Ó Dónaill's dictionary.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bemk92
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Actually really interested in this as well.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ailbhatrauss

how advanced are you looking for? There is an interesting play called An Trial, it is about a woman who gets pregnant out of marriage and her downfall I suppose, interesting look at how ireland was in the past ... I read all the books Cormac below suggested but I studied them for Higher Irish in my Leaving Cert- -final school exams before university in ireland - so they are a bit challenging..

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tarjava

I bought the Irish translation An Garbhán (The Gruffalo) based on a duolingo user suggestion. I'm a beginner and it seemed suited for a first reading, and I kinda like the rhymes that are kept in the Irish version :) It's a cute book for 6$.

In a separate discussion, someone mentioned the comic book Asterix (there are 4 Irish translations to my knowledg ) and I found 2 Tintin books as well.

edit: I can't link the results of an Amazon search so :

  • for Asterix search "Asterix Antain Mac Lochlainn"

  • for Tintin search "Tintin Gabriel Rosenstock"

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/centonola
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The Irish versions of Asterix and Tintin are both published by Dalen Éireann, a division of the publisher Dalen in Wales. You can also order the books direct from them.

Here's the link for the Asterix series: http://www.dalenllyfrau.com/Asterix-Gaeilge.html

And here's the link for the Tintin series: http://www.dalenllyfrau.com/Tintin-Gaeilge.html

(I'm in no way linked to the publisher; just a huge fan! In my opinion, comic books are the absolute best way to learn a foreign language. Lots of dialog (much easier than prose), pictures to help clear up confusion, and lots of fun!)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tarjava

I never thought of checking the publisher's website. They have Scots and Welsh and.. oh wow :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/audreeco

Where did you find An Garbhán in the US? If you did... I'm not coming up with anything other than from Ireland itself.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tarjava

I bought it from Book Depository (CA or US), a shop selling through amazon

here's the link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/1857913965/ref=tmm_pap_new_olp_sr?ie=UTF8=new=1470180795=8-1

This seller has other books in Irish.

edit: found a reading of the book on youtube XD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8MT3mFjCAc

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/audreeco

Thanks! I just watched the reading, and loved it! I could only understand about 25%, but I'll watch it over and over if I have to.

2 years ago

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I have An Hobad--too advanced for me, but every now and then I'll give it a try and feels like it has the same rhythm as the original.

The other book I've given a try is "An Geall," a novel that I think was written with adult learners in mind (or at least, has a glossary, etc). Not very far in it and I have to constantly resort to a dictionary, but it has given me a better appreciation of how sentences can be structured.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/audreeco

I have a copy of Harry Potter agus an Órchloch. Way above the level of a beginner, but I enjoy going through and picking out words and phrases that I know. I also read it aloud to help with pronunciation.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WraythRose
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apart from the stories in the leaving cert book I kept (had leftover) I have the 1st Artemis Fowl book in Irish. I'm finding it to be a lot easier than say An Triail. About level or easier than the irish Harry Potter maybe?

but I second the comic books in irish one. (My library has some of the old myths in irish in comic book form, very interesting and simple enough irish.)

2 years ago
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