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Irish Spoken | Reading Standards

I was reading the information under the Irish basics 1 and it says, "But note, this is a written, and not a spoken standard." I want to learn how to speak and read Irish. Should I still practice this course?

1 year ago

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In short, yes, why not?! As you know, most courses have a tendency to teach written standards, take schools for example. The majority of people will teach "I want to" in an American English course before the learner finds out that "I wanna" is more commonly spoken in the mentioned dialect of English. If you know written standards and immerse yourself in the language, you should be able to cope with the spoken form, or the other way around.

1 year ago

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This just means that there is no standard form of spoken Irish. Instead, you choose one of the dialects to model your pronunciation after (well, or you don't choose and end up with some kind of mix). The audio in the Duolingo course uses Connacht pronunciations, but the pronunciation of other dialects is equally valid.

1 year ago

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Thanks for the advice!

1 year ago