Luke is a Grow member at Bitesize Irish, and is an Irish language learner living in Droichead Átha / Drogheda, Co. Louth.
Luke is a very active member at Bitesize Irish, so there’s a lot to learn from him! He attends our Bitesize Beo group conversation practise sessions, and our Cogar Mogar member calls.
Gaeilge at School
Luke had the Irish language at school, “thrown into it”. He remembers “An bhfuil cead agam dul go dtí an leithreas, má’s é do thoil é“.
He enjoyed it enough at primary school, but lost interest in secondary school. He couldn’t relate it to his everyday life, and became disconnected from the language.
Coming back to the Irish language
Listen to the interview for the comment he received from someone else when they were away on holidays.
He started to go back to old Irish language songs.
And having a kid is now prompting him to practise Gaeilge Gach Lá, and connecting to his real roots. He broke the cycle and came back to Gaeilge.
He loves the rythm, the “melody”, of the Irish langauge. “The language is speaking to you”. “Let the language speak to you”.
Give it your all
Luke suggests immersing yourself in the language. Dive in!
Listen to the interview about how Luke was thinking with his “English language brain” in reading the road sing “Garda Amháin”.
Start somewhere! You’re better than you are yesterday. Keep going with it.
Luke’s goal is to be able to read An Hobad.
After that he’s like to make Gaeilge his main internal language! Does this relate to your Irish language journey? Reply below!
Bitesize Pobal for Irish language learners
Bitesize Pobal is our private forum for Irish language learners. Luke had these kind words to share:
Bitesize Pobal is one of the best forums for Irish practitioners or Gaeilgeoirí, people looking to practise the Irish language.
I see it as Facebook for Irish speakers. You communicate with people from different places, all over the world.
I’m surprised about the amount of people looking to speak Irish.
The craic is ninety!