Bitesize Irish Gaelic on Raidió na Gaeltachta
It was a true honour to be interviewed by Rónán on Raidió na Gaeltachta.
If you haven’t heard of it, Raidió na Gaeltachta is Ireland’s national Irish language radio station.
Rónán asked me (Eoin) about how Bitesize Irish Gaelic is growing, and our plans for it. I discuss how there is such interest in the language outside of Ireland, and the interest is growing within Ireland.
Hundreds of learners are using Bitesize Irish Gaelic to learn to speak the Irish language. We plan to continue to grow the service to be the best place on the go for learning Irish.
The interview was aired live on October 4th 2012.
Question about expressions used?
Listen to the interview, you might catch just a couple of words that you understand.
If you have a question about a specific expression in the interview, visit the interview recording on SoundCloud, and comment directly on the portion you have a question on. This is a really nice way to learn together.
A question of dialect
Interestingly, you’ll hear a mix of dialects in this interview. Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí (the radio host) was brought up in Gaoth Dobhair in Donegal, which is falls under the Ulster dialect. Eoin’s accent is closer to the Munster dialect.
Recently, Benny the Irish polyglot posted the opinion of sticking with one dialect when you’re learning. At Bitesize Irish Gaelic, we have a different opinion on that (that you can specialize later on), but we agree with another point he made: speakers of different dialects understand eachother.
Generally speaking, a speaker will not switch away from their native dialect when speaking with another person. This is quite different to other languages, where people often tend toward the “official” accent (such as the accent of the capital city) in order to sound more formal. You may also be interested in our article on Irish language dialects, and why you should not worry.
Use RnaG to learn Irish online
Raidió na Gaeltachta stream for free online, and it’s a fabulous resource to learn Irish by listening to native Irish speakers.
Again, in summary, If you have a question about a specific expression you hear in the interview, visit the interview recording on SoundCloud, and post your comment directly during the interview. No question is too small.