A noticeable trend of our guests on the Bitesize Irish Gaelic Podcast is that they suggest you should reach out to other learners of Irish Gaelic.
A good example is Dineen Grow. She said: Start Something! Don’t feel alone and stuck, trying to make that deeper connection with your Irish heritage alone. Instead, reach out to others. Create a place for those people to meet if there’s nothing to be found around you.
Suggested Facebook Pages
In that spirit, we’ve collected the top Facebook pages for you to use if you’re learning to speak Irish Gaelic.
Read along to what their communities are saying. Contribute (yup, even in English). Post your learning experiences (“Now I know what ‘agus’ means!”).
You’ll be surprised how you’ll get to know the other people there. There are indeed thousands of people learning to speak the Irish language outside of Ireland, but the number of people who reach out in a certain place like Facebook is small enough.
So here goes (you can click on the heading to visit the Facebook page)
This is indeed the main group to join on Facebook. Being the most active group, it will be easiest for you to jump in and take part.
It’s run by a man in the US who has a love for the language.
Do it now: visit the page, click “Join”, and post to the group saying “Dia dhaoibh! I’m here from Bitesize Irish Gaelic!”.
This community is an extension, I believe, of the irishlanguageforum.com, or know as “ILF” to its members.
If you’re stuck with a certain grammatical question, this could be a great place to get help. The members are active, and have been part of the community for years.
Do it now: visit the page, click “Join”, and follow along. It’s a closed group, which simply means you need to become a member to see its contents.
Its own description says it all:
“This group is for those serious about learning Irish. Please, no posting news articles about Ireland, recipes, language politics, etc. Only post questions relating to learning Irish or links relative to the task. Go raith maith agaibh.”
Specifically set up to arrange Skype meetups with fellow learners, for peer-to-peer learning.
Come on, how could we leave out our own page! We post happenings we come across for the Irish language to keep you informed. We always welcome a comment on the page.
Do it now: Visit our page, and click “Like”.
Bonus: Bitesize Irish Gaelic Members-Only Group
Looking for a private place to practice your Irish? Our private Facebook group for people who signed up to Bitesize Irish Gaelic will give you the support you need. Ask other members questions, post your frustrations, and your wins.
Make Irish Gaelic part of your day
You don’t have to be an advanced learner to benefit from the groups above.
One characteristic of the most successful learners I’ve come across is that they incorporate the Irish language into their daily lives. Create your own personal Gaeltacht. And we have five tips on practising Irish Gaelic every day.
Those learners don’t “box off” the language into a “Sunday study session”. Instead, they find ways to interact through the language every days. They reach out and make new friends. They listen to Irish language media. They do their best to post a word or a phrase in the language.
If you’ve been feeling stuck and alone, trying to learn to speak Irish, I hope these pointers help you reach out.