Reconnecting with our idea of “bitesize” Irish. Why small pieces? Well, it’s not your fault. The Irish language can seem overwhelming and daunting. We can end up with self-blame and self-judgement for not understanding more, not being “better”. But this is a calling. A life-long journey. By accepting that the journey is already good enough
“I want to be fluent enough in the Irish language in a year’s time, to be able to have a simple conversation with a native.” What could be better than having this generally unattainable goal for yourself? Possibly, it’s to to have a goal of fluency. Although (or because) the following audio is based on
Rather than renting a car, and driving around, what other ways can you get to know Ireland? By taking a different approach, you can end up exploring the country, experiencing it in a different light. References: The Economist, Aug 15th 2019, “One way or another the deluge is coming“. 20cm sea rise since the start
Do you feel like there’s no point in listening to the Irish language, because you won’t understand enough? As Scott Perry has said, action precedes clarity. You can listen before you understand You can look before you can read You can read before you can write You can repeat aloud before you can express yourself
Could you take a “workshop” approach to organising your fellow Irish language learners, so that you all move toward being of Gaeilge? Even as a dedicated attendee of Irish language classes, that usually only happens once per week. How can you expect to advance your mastery of a language if you don’t use it every
To speak the Irish language, you need to use it every day. Gaeilge GACH Lá. Irish EVERY day. Put another way: the best way to not speak the language is to not use it every day. In his book, Master, Robert Greene talks about first discovering your Life’s Task. I’ll assume that part of your
You’re interested in speaking the Irish language, so that you can connect with others, and use that connection to get a deeper sense of belonging. It’s a direct connection with your past. Speaking the Irish language cannot be achieved by the strategy of showing up to a class once per week for twelve weeks, for
Do you want to get a chance to practice speaking the Irish language? It can be really hard to find the chance to practice speaking Irish. Probably your main bottlenecks are your own time/energy, and having access to someone who speaks Irish. So here’s our proposal: Accept that you should practice Irish conversation more often
Are you more like John or Mary in this episode at your Irish language classes? Even if you don’t attend classes, you might pick up some inspiration of this episode of the Bitesize Irish Podcast. Leave your reply below.
Are you an avid Irish language learner, or is it best to park it to the side for a while? This fun quiz will get you to rate your own approach to learning to speak the Irish language. Related: Creating is learning. And you might also like: Start Something! Podcast with Dineen Grow (Podcast 023).