I agree with your suggestion, Stacey773203. This was actually my motivation to learn Irish -- so I could sing along with the Irish songs I listen to. I've done this with French and Spanish as well and it's really helped to improve my pronunciation and accent in those languages.
Don't sweat it. In a few months it will be old hat. Just plug away and practice EVERY DAY so you're always building and having insights into how the language works. If you persist long enough you will learn this language. Many others have done it.. little Irish children speak it fluently. We can do this.
Irish and English both differentiate between the simple present (Itheann ár ngaolta - "Our relatives eat") and the present progressive/present continuous (Tá ár ngaolta ag ithe - "Our relatives are eating").
Not all languages make the same distinction, but they are not interchangeable in Irish or in English .