“I have people coming in who have absolutely no exposure to the language that they’re interested in. And I have recommended Bitesize Irish Gaelic to them. The explanations within each lesson are really helpful.”
— Caron Osberg, study group leader.
Watch her interview.
“I was Put Off Learning Irish for Decades because I couldn’t make ‘head or tail’ of the Spelling System. I was unable to match the Sounds with the Spelling. Bitesize Irish Gaelic is cracking this problem. Thank You !”
— Dennis Nutting, Leicester, England.
“I’ve enjoyed using BiteSizeIrishGaelic.com and am very happy with the quality of the content, ease of the lessons, and excellent support and response. The lessons are just the right size and I really enjoy the ability to go back and revisit previous lessons. I am pleased with my progress and look forward to continuing the lessons. All in all, I highly recommend BiteSizeIrishGaelic.com to anyone who is interested in learning Irish!”
— Kelly Netterville, learner and techie, North Carolina.
“Using Rosetta Stone has helped me learn a decent amount but it takes much more time and can be time consuming. I love using Bitesize along with Rosetta Stone for optimum results. Little pieces of language daily are much more manageable than a giant time consuming lesson plan. Plus Bitesize is certainly more affordable than the online component for Rosetta Stone. I do love how your website is set up.”
— Marlene Taylor, founder of
San Francisco Irish Culture & Expat Group.
“It’s an easy way to learn the language and you do a very good job of keeping it easy to understand. I will be recommending you to a few of my friends as well!”
— Racheal Breeden, learner, Ohio.
“I'm trying to teach my child 1–2–3 in English, Japanese, German, and Gaeilge along with easy words. Thank you once again for such a wonderful site. I've used Rosetta Stone before but your site is a lot more fluid and welcoming :)”
— Brandon Wright, learner and father.
“I am very much looking forward to re–kindling my very poor Irish. You have a beautiful clear voice Eoin which makes it all the better. I am a singer/writer and understand all too well the need to connect with people through voice. I am thinking I need to encourage my sister (s) (one in Wexford, one in the States) to join me in this on–line expansion.”
— Mary Murphy, Irish singer, songwriter, and novelist.
“I have taken teaching Irish dance to a whole new level now because of Bitesize Irish Gaelic. My students now understand and speak Gaelic as well from what I have learned. It’s very rewarding to me as a dance teacher not just to teach the steps, but also the language. Thanks Eoin!”
— Amanda Atkinson, Irish dance teacher, Michigan, USA.
“I find Bitesize very enjoyable. The lessons are very manageable and it’s easy for me to find material that is relevant to what I’m thinking about or interested in on a given day. I can read ahead to understand how what I’m working on fits in ‘the big picture’.”
— Joshua Hawcroft, medic and corporate trainer, Melbourne.
“I have been speaking some phrases to my children for the last few months and have even ventured to say a few outside of the home. To me this is an absolutely beautiful language and I am going to do my best to learn it. Thank you for making it affordable and fun.”
— Lt. Bethanne Marshall, Vermont, USA.
“We just returned to the States after a little over two weeks in Dublin, the Brú na Bóinne area, then the Dingle Peninsula. I'm happy to say I was able to get in some Irish practice with the very welcoming folks on the Peninsula. And for that matter, even in Killarney and Dublin I found taxi drivers, shop owners and waiters willing to chat with me. Needless to say, Bitesize Irish Gaelic has been a tremendous help.”
— Robert Todd, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
“I have searched and searched for Irish Gaelic courses and yours is the best! What I really like are your explanations, the audio, and especially the phonetics. You are doing great!”
— Caitríona Ní Mhuirgheasa, Georgia, USA.
“Your pronunciation is very clear, which helps me a lot. I’m going slow now, practicing the lessons over and over, and trying to develop a decent pronunciation. Being able to hear the phrases repeated as many times as I wish (arís, arís, arís, le d’thoil; again, again, again, please) is great.”
— Robert Quinn, retired language teacher.
“My daughter and I are planning to visit Ireland next year and I really would like to be appreciated for whatever little Irish I can learn in the interim. I do believe that learning a language is more difficult if one is older. I've studied a bit of French, Spanish and Mandarin. But Irish is a different language, altogether. Your program gives me the opportunity to learn, listen, repeat and repeat again until I feel I've got a semblance of the intonation. Although I've just begun, the method feels comfortable.”
— Elizabeth Groves Wilson, Hyde Park, MA, USA
“Hello Eoin, I want to thank you very much for your course of teaching Irish language. I was always interested in Irish language and Irish traditional music which is very interesting for me. To be honest I never thought it'd be such an easy to learn Irish Gaelic. But with your teaching course is it just amazing, because I even started to read now a bit and understand words you said. Thank you for teaching people who wish to learn Irish language. I'd love to know Irish people and go to Ireland someday. It's unique and beautiful land.”
— Sophie, Russia
“I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed beginning to learn the Irish language! Even though I have only just begun, I practice a lot and am improving everyday. I want to thank you for making your lessons so simple and easy to understand! Thank you very much!“
— Jennifer Hunter, Canada.
“Dear Eoin, I have wanted to speak Irish since i was very young. (I heard it in a movie and fell in love). Back then the internet wasn't whay it is now and I had nothing to learn from so it went nowhere. Your program is the first thing that has worked for me. I fear that i just wont be able to learn. Thank you for your program. I have Rosetta Stone and other CDs and books. None of them work as well as your program. I have learned more from one of your lessons than spending hours with any of the others. Again, Thank you. ”
— Suzi Tunning, South Florida, USA.
“I have enjoyed learning the Irish Gaelic from you. A number of years ago before my first visit to Ireland I bought a book "Learn to Speak Irish Gaelic" NOT that easy. I knew it was a difficult language to learn but because I couldn't hear the words spoken I didn't learn one word. With Bitesize Irish Gaelic I have learned more than just one word I have learned to speak phrases. My one fear was not saying the words correctly which in turn would make me look foolish and a total tourist. My roots are Irish and when I went to Ireland for a vacation I felt like I was home. My brother and I were there 3 years ago and want to return and maybe even stay and live there. We feel that is where we belong. Thank you for giving me an opportunity hear the words and learn them. I hope to be able to learn more in the near future. “
— Siusan Graves, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
“Dia is Muire dhuit :) Eoin, thank you so much for these lessons! i've been hard at it since starting a few weeks ago and i can honestly say i haven't found fault with it. i've spent hundreds of dollars on trying to learn languages through university and failed but this is perfect!you've explained everything clearly and its not at all overwhelming. it is very much wintertime here in tasmania so there aren't many opportunities to get out and try this fun language on my friends but my cats seem very impressed!i've always dreamt of going to ireland and when i finally get there i certainly wont be fumbling around with a phrase book! thanks for sending the photos earlier, looks a lot like tassie down south in winter :) cheers, frankie ”
— Frankie Goodwin, Tasmania
“Dia dhuit Eoin Last week I had wonderful days in Ireland and i had the chance to read Irish everywhere. I met many very lovely Irish People and i could try to say something in irish. A great Experience. All i met are very pleased(?) that i - a German- try to learn the Irish Language. Next Year i will spend my holidays in Ireland again and till then i hope that i can say something more in your lovely Language. Thanks for all. “
— Conny Weidemann, Allensbach, Germany
“The real key to the lessons is, of course, being able to listen to the pronunciations, and I love that. I no longer have to feel shy about trying to pronounce Irish as I continue to get “the system” of Irish spelling down. [...] What I try to do now is this: before listening to a word, I try to pronounce it myself first looking at the Irish spelling and glancing at the phonic rendering for some clues, then I listen to the word and if I was off a little I repeat it the correct way. ”
— Steven Lindsley, Provo, Utah
“A Sasa agus a Eoin, I began to volunteer as a beginners' Irish teach at Musecon in Chicago last weekend. I recommended bitesizeirishgaelic.com to all the students as one of the best places to learn Irish, with the short easy lessons. Go raibh maith agat as an uirlis luachmhar teagaisc. “
— Brenda SuttonDanville, Indiana, USA
“As language is all about communication, I believe the conversation lessons are a vital element in learning the language. The more we listen to, and take part in these exercises, the better we will become. I hope you will keep up the good work! ”
— John Gibney, Des Moines, Iowa
“I like building a somewhat real conversation with the pieces I have already learned. Hearing the sentences slowly and then at normal speed is helpful. I am a musician and that is how you learn a new piece of music. You play each phrase slowly, increase the speed, and then combine them. I like when you point out grammar or pronunciation rules that are used in the conversation. It helps me a lot to see how they are used in real life and they are not always apparent to me. “
— Marylin, Ohio, USA.
“I just want to tell you guys thank you soooo much for creating this amazing program. I have Rosetta Stone, and I used that first when I started studying Gaelic, but I have learned much more with your help! (be prepared to receive a shib ton of praise) You have the in-depth speaking, grammar and spelling that Rosetta Stone didn't, the thing that I was craving. Thank you so much for creating this. You have help me in more ways than you know with my pursuit of learning, and how I wish i could do more than shower you with thanks! I plan to be an active user for your site from now on. Just once more, thank you again! I'm sure all the users feel the same, but for me, this has been the greatest site i've ever stumbled upon.”
— Micah McKinley
“Dia is Muire Dhuit! Comas ta tu? (Sorry, no fadas on the iPad.) I love these lessons. I have been trying to learn Irish for years, with tapes and bulky, difficult programs spitting words back at you without context. I'm so glad I found your site. I'm going to recommend it to my friends, and start a study group so we can practice together after using your lessons. Go raibh math agat, mo chara! ”
— Cindy McGinley, Chittenango, New York
“I'm not just surprised at how much I've learned but how quickly! I doubt there is a better source for an absolute beginner.”
— Kenna McCullah, learner.
“Wonderful site! So glad I found it... I am enjoying my lessons! ”
— Grace in Ottawa, Canada
“I signed up for the Bitesize Irish (Gaelic) trial only a couple weeks ago and am already surprising an Irish friend of mine with all I've learnt. The audio samples make learning entire phrases so easy!! I hope to one day speak fluently! ”
— Kayla Balzer, from Muenster, Saskatchewan, Canada.
“I couldn't agree more with regards to your "short and regular" approach to learning Irish. When i first began learning the language actively, not too long ago, I decided to approach it in much the same way as i had learned to play musical instruments, as i know from experience that this method does work!. Also, that Irish music was the catalyst for me to learn the language in the first place. In fact, I find learning Irish songs a great way to learn the language and make it stick! ”
— Paul Docherty from Canberra, Australia.
“The slowed down version of words on Bitesize Irish Gaelic is so valuable for those of us learning in isolation! Whatever the dialect one ultimately gets into, and I accept that there are definitely differences and probably you have to choose at some point, there are still very broad rules for pronunciation and interpreting the written Irish that can be learned much easier from the slower recorded versions Eoin has made. I found that these recordings were the thing that helped me finally get how the vowels work, and that, alone, is worth so much! I was held up for years by not really getting this, once it finally clicked so I could actually start trying to write things down and sound out words I have been making rapid progress. GRMMA a Eoin! ”
— Isa Delahunt, Waldron, WA.