Category Archives: Irish Gaelic Language

Self-Consciousness of the Irish Language Community

As an Irish language speaker, I don’t actually listen to Raidió na Gaeltachta that much. I don’t listen to the radio itself much. Things I listen to are generally audiobooks or podcasts, in English. I switched on Raidió na Gaeltachta … Continue reading

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Dear Bitesize: Green, Orange and Letter Writing in Irish

In today’s Dear Bitesize post, we’re answering two questions that came in recently to Bitesize Irish Gaelic. First of all, one learner wanted to know the uses of the different words for green and orange in Irish Gaelic. Another Irish … Continue reading

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Micromastery of the Irish Language

The trouble with wanting to speak Irish Gaelic is that it’s a massive life-long journey. On the pessimistic side of things, you’ll never be fluent like a native speaker. And the journey is difficult (it’s meant to be difficult).

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Dear Bitesize: Firefighters, Cars, and the Vocative Case

In today’s Dear Bitesize post, I’m answering three questions that came in recently to Bitesize Irish Gaelic. First of all, Dan wanted to know the word for “firefighter” in Irish Gaelic. Another Irish language learner wished to know the Irish … Continue reading

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Take Small Steps to Learn Irish Gaelic

How do you begin the journey of a thousand miles? … with one step.

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Dear Bitesize: how to say “I like you” and “tú” vs. “thú”

In today’s Dear Bitesize post, let’s answer two questions that were recently received here at Bitesize Irish Gaelic. First of all, Lilia would like to know how to tell someone “I like you” in Irish Gaelic. Another Irish language student, … Continue reading

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Reminder: Learning Is Meant To Be Hard

Have you tried to learn to speak the Irish language, but stopped because it’s too hard? “There must be something wrong”, you tell yourself. “There must be just something wrong with me. And this stuff I’m trying to learn from”. … Continue reading

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Dear Bitesize: shortening “Tá mé” and asking how long someone has lived somewhere

In today’s Dear Bitesize post, I’m answering two questions that came in recently to Bitesize Irish Gaelic. First off, a learner would like to know if “Tá mé” and “Níl mé” can be shortened. Then, we had an Irish language … Continue reading

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Dear Bitesize: too many word meanings and counting in hundreds

In today’s Dear Bitesize post, Siobhán – our Irish language assistant, is answering two questions that we recently received here at Bitesize Irish Gaelic.

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Dear Bitesize: adverb positioning and asking the Irish for something

In today’s Dear Bitesize post, I’m answering two questions that came in recently to Bitesize Irish Gaelic. First of all, a member was wondering where adverbs are placed in a sentence. Another question we received was how to ask the … Continue reading

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