This is a guest post by Donovan. He grew up in Australia. Watch the video, he’ll tell you for how long he has been learning (hint: not long).
Dia daoibh a chairde!
G’day from Australia 🙂
My name’s Donovan (spelled Donnabháin in Irish) and I own a language learning blog called The Mezzofanti Guild where I offer tips and advice from my own experience learning several languages along with occasional reviews of books, products and websites that I believe will benefit learners.
I recently wrote one such review that you may have read here for Bitesize Irish Gaelic which I consider to be an outstanding resource for new learners.
Six months ago I decided to teach myself the Irish language with the aim of eventually becoming completely fluent using (mostly free) online resources. I outlined my reasons for wanting to do this here.
I initially became interested in Irish a few years ago when I spent a year living in Cork and witnessed the unfortunate neglect of the language by so many Irish people (mostly due to a problem with the way its taught in schools in Ireland I think). Although there have been some fantastic efforts made to get young people interested in their native language there’s still a lot of work to be done and there’s no reason why the Irish diaspora and descendents like us can’t help as well! 🙂
Helping preserve indigenous languages is something that I’m very passionate about so I’ve wanted to do my part by learning and promoting Irish myself, both on my blog and when I’m with my Irish friends who don’t speak the language.
Rather than write a lengthy post today I decided to put a quick video together (above) demonstrating my level in Irish after only 6 months of study at home using internet resources like Bitesize Irish Gaelic. I’ve only had a few short opportunities to practice with native speakers so far (as is pretty clear in the video).
You can compare it to my 3 month progress video here.
I’d love to hear from you whether you’re a brand new learner or fluent speaker and feel free to offer some constructive criticism of any mistakes I made in this video. Feedback is really appreciated as it all helps me improve 🙂
Go raibh míle maith agaibh a chairde! 🙂
Impressed? Leave Donovan a comment below. Feel free to ask questions.