Four Questions on Your Mindset

Four Questions on Your Mindset

Do you feel like you’re a “languages person”, or that a new language is outside of your reach?

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Adventure in Ireland with Barbara Moloney (Ep. 60)

Adventure in Ireland

Listen to how Barbara visited Ireland last summer, treating it as an adventure. Specifically, she didn’t book accommodation ahead (except for the first night after landing in Dublin). Hear about the route she took along the coast. Discussion podcast in English.

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Watching TG4 on Your TV

Watching TG4 on Your TV

TG4 is Ireland’s national Irish language television station. You can watch it even with you non-smart TV using the Chromecast device. Read on for details.

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Irish Language is a Lifestyle with Vanessa Bushell (Ep. 59)

Irish Language is a Lifestyle

Listen to Vanessa who has never been to Ireland (yet), but has made the Irish language part of her daily life. Living in Australia, she talks about her upcoming trip to Ireland. Discussion podcast about learning to speak Irish Gaelic (in English).

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How to Show Up in 2016

How to Show Up in 2016

Do you say to yourself “I’d love to speak some Irish Gaelic”, but “I can’t get around to it”?

You can’t get around to it because it sounds like work. I’m sure you can “get around” to checking Facebook or turning on the TV. It’s not as difficult as you might think.

I have lately loved reading Khatzumoto’s All Japanese All The Time blog. He learned (or has been learning) to speak Japanese, and has blogged in opinionated ways about how to get there. Hat-tip to him for this concept.

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Christmas Poem From Ireland (Ep. 58)

Christmas Poem From Ireland

Eoin reads out the poem by Patrick Kavanagh, “A Christmas Childhood”. It rings of simple Irish Christmases. It’s not in Irish Gaelic, but surely just the thing to hear as we reach Christmas 2015.

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5 Irish Speakers That Might Surprise You

Irish Speakers That Might Surprise You

Don’t you love when you discover a new movie or song you really like? If you’re like us, then you’ll want to know more about the person who made such a positive impact on your life and end up discovering amazing things about him. Recently, we looked up some of our favourite celebrities and we discovered some Irish speakers that might surprise you.

We didn’t know that the following persons were of Irish ancestry or that they speak Irish Gaelic, so if you already knew this, please let us know in the comments below.

1) Marty Walsh

It came as a surprise to find out that the mayor of Boston city, MA is an Irish Gaelic speaker and that his parents are originally from Callowfeenish, a townland near Carna, County Galway. His parents immigrated to the United States in the 1950s.

2) Harry Styles

The popular singer and member of the One Direction band, Harry Edward Styles, although not a native Irish Gaelic speaker has been seen practising this beautiful lanugage on television or at concerts. He’s probably influenced by his friend Niall Horan who is also a member of One Direction and originally from Mullingar, County Westmeath. Harry’s Irish Gaelic isn’t one of the strong points, but people like broadcaster Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh said they will gladly help him improve.

3) Michael Fassbender

You probably loved Michael in popular movies such as Inglourious Basterds, Prometheus and X-Men franchise but did you know he is half German (father) and half Irish (mother, originally from Larne, County Antrim). Michael Fassbener was raised in Killarney and is a Hollywood celebrity. We recently found out that Michael is a fan of racing and Irish Gaelic after we saw his small talk with businessman Eddie Jordan (you can find a fragment of that in this youtube video).

4) Johnny McDaid

Switching back and forth from movies to music, we found out that Snow Patrol vocalist Johnny McDaid is also a speaker of Irish Gaelic. His love for the language can be seen by looking at the singer’s left arm tattoo which says: “Nuair is gá dom filleadh abaile, is tú mo réalt eolais” . This is a lyric from one of his favourite songs performed by fellow Northern Irishman Foy Vance.

5) Cillian Murphy

We couldn’t finish our list of Irish speakers without mentioning Cillian Murphy who is well known for his roles in movies like: 28 Days Later, Batman franchise, Red Eye and others. You saw him in those movies, but did you know he was born in Douglas and raised in Ballintemple, two suburbs of Cork? He has some movie roles where he speaks in Irish Gaelic but we’ll let you do a bit of research on your own and find them out!

We all know Irish celebrities like Colin Farrell but it’s always nice to find out there are more Irish Gaelic speakers we didn’t know about. Even if they don’t master the language, they’re trying their best… not something that can be said about our government minister for Gaeltacht, mr. Joe McHugh.

In the end, we’re leaving you with a video of others movie celebrities who were trying their best to speak Gaelic at the invitation of TG4 to raise awareness for Seachtain na Gaeilge.

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Did you find other surprising Irish Gaelic speakers we didn’t know about? Tell us in the comments below!

Easy Irish Immersion (Ep. 57)

Easy Irish Immersion

Do you feel like you “should” be learning the Irish language, but never get around to it? This podcast episode (in English) is about breaking down your daily Irish language habit into such small pieces that they should be easy to do. These ideas come from the excellent blog AJATT: All Japanese All The Time.

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How David White Got Into Irish Gealic (Ep. 56)

Get Into Irish Gealic

David White has a great interest in his Irish heritage. He got sucked into the challenge of speaking some Irish Gaelic! Hear this interview with him, where he shares his positive attitude that makes it possible for him to keep learning a new language.

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Secrets of Pronouncing Irish Gaelic Will Be Revealed

Secrets of Pronouncing Irish Gaelic

Have you ever seen an Irish Gaelic word written down, and thought “How the heck am I meant to pronounce that?!”?

You want to make that deep connection to your Irish heritage. But there’s nothing worse than seeing a phrase of the Irish language written down and having no idea how to say it. The (English language) rules of spelling don’t seem to apply to Irish Gaelic.

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