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New Island Open Door Series

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The Open Door series of books has often been mentioned on this forum (an adult literacy series of novellas by Irish authors) because they are available in Irish (translated from the English -sorry galaxyrocker). I ordered them because they looked ideal for beginners - not for complete beginners obviously, one needs to have a fair amount of vocab and an overview of the language. When I started reading them I noticed that some are a lot easier than others for someone at my level, so I thought I would mention it. I found I could read "Cailleacha Underbury" and "Deireadh Seachtaine Craiceáilte" and only have to look up words here and there, whereas I still find some of the others somewhat more difficult. It is also worth noting that apparently they are available as audiobooks (although i haven't yet ordered them): https://www.wfhowes.co.uk/

I give the full list of books here again in case someone is interested - I am pasting the list from this site because it has the ISBN numbers: https://teango.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/a-list-of-resources-for-learning-irish/

Irish: “An Seomra Tobac” by Julie Parsons (ISBN: 9781905494682) English: “The Smoking Room” (ISBN: 9781904301462)

Irish: “Cailleacha Underbury” by John Connolly (ISBN: 9781905494675) English: “The Underbury Witches” (ISBN: 9781905494019)

Irish: “Deireadh Seachtaine Craiceáilte” by Roddy Doyle (ISBN: 9781905494637) English: “Mad Weekend” (ISBN: 9781905494040)

Irish: “Is Gearr…” by Marian Keyes (ISBN: 9781905494644) English: “No Dress Rehearsal” (ISBN: 9781902602325)

Irish: “Na Tógálaithe” by Maeve Binchy (ISBN: 9781905494651) English: “The Builders” (ISBN: 9781902602684)

Irish: “Rúin” by Patricia Scanlan (ISBN: 9781905494620) English: “Secrets” (ISBN: 9781905494026)

Irish: “Tá Jesus agus Billy ag Imeacht go Barcelona” by Deirdre Purcell (ISBN: 9781905494699) English: “Jesus and Billy are off to Barcelona” (ISBN: 9781902602165)

Irish: “Timpiste Réidh le Tarlú” by Vincent Banville (ISBN: 9781905494668) English: “An Accident Waiting to Happen” (ISBN: 9781902602721)

1 year ago

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FWIW I'm having a blast working my way through Deireadh Seachtaine Craiceáilte. It's difficult, funny, and rewarding when translating something difficult (mostly because it makes me laugh)...

Best $4 I ever spent on Amazon.

1 year ago

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LuchairF
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Yes I also enjoyed it very much - I like Roddy Doyle's books generally, but this is the first I have read in Irish.

1 year ago