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Irish resources

I know I'm not the only one super excited for learning Irish here so I thought in the meantime I might as well post some things that could help prepare learners & also help practice it outside of Duo.

[divided in order 1) Pronunciation, 2) grammar 3) vocabulary 4) Facebook, blogs & podcasts 5) forums 6) video channels 7) music 8) news 9) fun stuff 10) apps 11) speaking/writing practice 12) PDF & Printouts 13) more ]

1) Pronunciation:

2) Grammar:

3) Vocabulary:

4) Facebook, blogs & podcasts:

5) Forums:

6) Video channels:

7) Music:

[pretty much all the channels in the TG family should be a good place to go for guidance, learning & practicing receptive skills on various topics]

7.5) Bands: Kíla, The Coronas, Delorentos, Rubberbandits, Mundy, The Walls, Heathers, The Flaws, The Frames, Cathy Davey, The Riptide Movement, Ham Sandwich, Des Bishop, Miracle Bell, Mick Flannery

8) News:

9) Fun stuff:

10) Apps:

  • Céad Briathar (anseo.net)

  • Torthaí

  • Aimsir

  • An corp

  • Dathanna

  • Bhí Ocras Orm

  • Mo Chéad Fhocail

11) Speaking/writing practice:

12) PDF & Printouts:

13) More: http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/gaeilge/foghlaim/

(*) = best for beginners & getting a feel for the language

** = if you want to step it up, gets into more advanced territory

(3 stars) = for really jumping right into all of it, may or may not be 1 or 2 star friendly

P.S. - I've only started learning, so I honestly have no idea how accurate all these links are, so if you're fluent & see some mistakes or see something so wrong it's not even worth having up feel free to call it out here or contact the ones behind that link, thanks! (Also feel free to add any resources you think would help too)

June 16, 2014



Yesssss! Thank you! :D

Here's some more stuff; I haven't checked all of it in detail, so you'll have to judge the usefulnesses of these yourself:

EDIT: and a blog about the language - http://blogs.transparent.com/irish/


Ooo I remember seeing Is féidir liom on another post not too long ago. I found it to be a pretty fun way of grasping the quirks of Irish grammar. Thanks for bringing that up!


Yeah, that was me. xD I haven't had time to go through it yet, but it seemed promising.


Does anyone know how to get autocorrect for MacBooks for irish?


Ar fheabhas! Ná déanaigí dearmad ar www.tg4.ie Téilifís saor in aisce ar an idirlíon i nGaeilge achan lá.

Excellent! Don't forget TG4. Free TV online in Irish every day.


Go raibh mile maith agat! Tá athas an domhain orm- so glad to see so much interest in Irish here at duolingo!


Great isn't it! Wish they had Welsh as well though..... Mind you our weird looking Welsh words are enough to send anyone running for the hills! Irish looks a bit more pronounceable? Or am I being led into a false sense of security? :)


Not at all! Irish though (<- tho!) not pronounced exactly the way its written is not so much worse than english- example about (though!!!)

Verbs are not so difficult- and some vocabulary is somewhat recognisable

idir- which has a similar meaning to entre in french/spanish and inter in english Scriobh mé- I write, a bit like scribe Loch- lake- bit like scotland

Anyway I'm not going to run through a huge list of similarities between the irish and the other language here. Simply suffice it to say that the links are there.

The hardest parts of irish for me are....

  1. The syntax- word order in irish is really quite bizarre in places.

  2. Conjugation/relevance of prepositions- believe me you will think of prepositions in an entirely new way after doing a few lessons on irish http://www.daltai.com/grammar/prepositional-pronouns/

  3. and finally the noun cases- depending on the role of a noun in a sentence Irish changes the noun slightly.

Hope that I have tickled your interest in the irish language. Always great to here people who have an interest in learning irish- I hope to pick up some of the other celtic languages once they arrive here too. For now I will continue bitting my nails and wishing away the days till I can finally master what should be 'mo teanga dúchais'. Slan go foill


Loch comes from Old Irish, both in Gaelic & Irish - little surprise that they're similar. :) We use a lot of Gaelic words for geographic words and place names here.


Thanks for all that, its very interesting! Where abouts in Ireland are you? I am in Cork county which apparently doesn't have as much Irish as other county's like Galway? Or I may just be being lied too..... :P and don''t worry I not am fluent in "mo teanga dúchais" either! Hopefully if all of us learn a bit at least it will help to try and keep all the languages of the British Isles alive :)


Love the enthusiasm, I too am for language preservation in the British Isle :)

^ in that statement I am including regional dialects of English as I believe they enrich the language- the idea that those dialects are incorrect English really annoys me- but that is a rant for another day!

I'm just outside of Dublin- which used to be part of the English occupied pale so Irish has been lacking here the longest.

Your right about Galway having more Irish (and donegal has the most I think) but still you'd be surprised- even in places like Dublin the amount of people that actually have Irish and just never use it.

The language is on the up at the moment due to the gaelscoil movement and hopefully duolingo which help us all on our way!


Hopefully all our languages are on the up, Welsh seem to be being spoken by more of my generation since it was given equal status to English than in my mothers generation, when it was effectively banned in public life, she can't speak it unfortunately but my grandparents generation, cousins, their children etc can....and its definitely spoken in everyday life more now in many parts (esp in the north). I think making it compulsory in schools and having Welsh only schools really helped, seems like they do the same in Ireland :)

I was recently researching my family's history and couldn't figure out why I couldn't find where they lived, until I twigged that they were writing in Welsh not English on the census! The official writing was in English but they had replied in Welsh - must have been a form of protest! :P lol

I agree about the regional dialects as well, my English family are Cockney's (proper ones, from the East End, not like those terrible mockney's :P) and thats a whole other language in itself!


I just realized I don't think I have any resources up here to actually help you practice SPEAKING the language with someone....

Does anybody know of any? Especially something through the computer like with a webcam so location/traveling aren't an issue?


I love your enthusiasm, Jillianimal! Keep up the good work!


Thanks TangerMoonmist and Jillianimal, thats a lot of resources to look at! Why are you interested in learning Irish, I live in Ireland so thats why I want to learn but I'm curious as to why other people want to learn :)


Pretty recently I've become more interested in my heritage so I've been trying to get more familiar with the histories, cultures & languages of my relatives. So I guess as you can see here I'm of Irish descent & found that for some reason I've been particularly drawn to all things relating to Ireland. Also finding out that Irish is considered endangered made me all that more passionate about learning the language & keeping it alive.


Don't forget the app AbairLeatOide




God set a flower upon your head! What a trove!


I can only find 3 of the apps in the app store,

Céad Briathar (anseo.net) - found a Céad Briathar

Torthaí - couldn't find

Aimsir - found

An corp - couldn't find

Dathanna - couldn't find

Bhí Ocras Orm - couldn't find

Mo Chéad Fhocail - found


I forgot where I found them...they may not even be around anymore. I don't/can't use apps so I'm not sure how it all works or where else you could look for them.


Warning: do not use the link: Irish dictionary * ( http://www . irishdictionary . ie/home ) I added spaces so it won't act as a link. If you have this link bookmarked, you should find and remove it so you don't accidentally click it.

This domain was taken over in April 2018 by a organization the buys up expired domains. The website does not contain a dictionary, and if opened in MS Edge, has an aggressive app that prevents easily closing Edge and tries to convince the user that their computer is being hacked and that they should call "technical support" or enter their username and password into the site.


I'm looking for a duet of audio and text, so I can read the text and then listen to the audio, on repeat, until I can recognise every word.

The problem with listening to audio without the text: I have no idea how to look up the words/phrases I don't understand as I don't know how to spell them.

Even video with subtitles would work. It seems TnG doesn't provide subtitles as gaeilge any more...



There is a worksheet associated with each video that will have a transcript at the bottom.


This is absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for the time you put into typing this out and sharing resources.

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