Hi guys! I have always wanted to learn Irish, and I have put it off many times. I keep telling myself "Duolingo is amazing and will take me though the course like all the other languages" (I think duo is great) But every time I make an excuse like "I'm rubbish at other languages so why should Irish be any different?" I know I really should be positive!!
My family and I go back to Ireland every now and then and every time I see the Irish language I kick myself thinking I should have learnt it.
I really want to learn so could someone talk me into doing it please!! Is there anyone who can give me some quick tips? Or perhaps someone who is learning Irish? Please post a comment with some help!!!!!!
Thank you guys so much... go raibh maith agat as do chabhair!!!
This free 4 week Irish course is starting soon on futurelearn. It is the first of 8 month long courses. This one is for beginners who have no knowledge of the language. The discussion board is very helpful.
Go neiri an tadh leat!
i highly recommend considering using 'memrise' decks, either on your computer or your phone, along with both duolingo and futurelearn. they're 'flash card' sets of a sort that include audio clips and help you drill vocab through a few different techniques (listening, spelling, matching/multiple choice, etc). they're especially helpful with duolingo, where only about 1/3 of entries include audio, whereas the memrise deck includes audio for Everything covered in the duolingo irish course.
here's the memrise deck to go along with duolingo: https://www.memrise.com/course/375351/duolingo-irish/
please note that you can jump ahead to any 'skill' or level within the deck, you don't have to work all the way through them in order.
and the deck to go along with the futurelearn irish101 course: https://www.memrise.com/course/1948751/futurelearn-irish-101/
there's also this massive free resource list: http://gratisglobal.com/learn-irish-free/ that i've found helpful. don't feel like you have to go through every single thing - just pick something that sounds exciting to you, and follow that excitement. there's no point encouraging any negative, obligatory feelings when it comes to language learning. keep it fun for yourself. <3
Just try! You don't have to commit yourself to doing everything and becoming fluent, but every bit you do towards being familiar with how to sound out Irish words and understand a few of them will show its value next time you go.
I understand what you mean. I've been stop starting learning Irish for years but now that I've found this website I'm not letting go this time. I think it's great and really easy to learn and I've realized that repeating things over and over is the way to do it, whether it's on this website or anywhere else. I know it's boring but it's a real buzz when I hear the language and start to under some things so I'm making myself do it every single day no matter what.