Will rules of Irish spelling and pronunciation be part of the course? (Or did I miss something?)
It seems that for an English speaker, figuring out how to pronounce the Irish words by looking at them is very hard. I would love to learn the rules of how to spell and how to properly say sounds such as bh, mh, aoi, etc. It is a far cry from English and I really, really, REALLY want to learn. Some of the 'phonetic' stuff on Wikipedia I am sure is good if you are a linguist and know how to read the charts and the phonetic cues - I am not and don't and am totally confused by this. Any ideas anybody? Or did I totally miss some page on the duolingo Irish class where it is all there to be had... Thanks, language lovers and Irish class creators!
Here is a good synthesiser: http://www.abair.tcd.ie/
This helps explain why things are pronounced the way they are: http://www.scoilgaeilge.org/lessons/fuaimniu.htm
Other than that you could try listen to TV or radio. Here is a decent kids show. The playlist should be in the side bar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTG5ZnIp5ug
TG4 is the Irish language channel aired across the island of Ireland and it would help your Irish if you watched it: http://www.tg4.ie/en/player/tg4-player.html?gclid=Cj0KEQjwspCgBRCiwOjBxeCcm-kBEiQAooz6tyLI0bvaX61EuivyvNQ6CtEOCktPRNFNmL_vHO0bBIMaAh5T8P8HAQ
I found www.angaelmagazine.com/pronunciation/introduction.htm to be very helpful with learning pronunciation. :)
Hi everybody, I found a really good site for beginners also! So far it seems to give the most basic and clear directions I've found for total beginners in Irish. I wonder if you who are Irish speakers have seen it, and do you find it accurate and good? Thank you again everybody for writing in with so many good ideas. http://www.standingstones.com/gaelpron.html