Four Questions on Your Mindset

Four Questions on Your Mindset

Do you feel like you’re a “languages person”, or that a new language is outside of your reach?

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16 thoughts on “Four Questions on Your Mindset”

  1. moira maclellan

    I don’t need the beginners course, wish you had some other free courses.
    Sometimes it is great to hear a lesson or listen to a conversation.
    Sin an meid.

  2. I hate English. I have been raised with it. I feel that I have been robbed of my Irish heritage and Irish language and culture. I am so angry over this I cannot think straight sometimes. I have been robbed by the same English pukes who have tried to enslave Ireland for 800 years. I feel robbed of my heritage and my culture. I want to be a good person, but I want to learn Irish-Gaelic. This is how I feel. I will not apologize for what I feel in my heart. I might not be the best student, but my heart is in the right place. Bless General Tom Barry.

    All the best,

  3. I consider myself very adaptable when it comes to learning languages. Right now I do have Gaeilge, L’italiano, English (duh :P), Cymraeg/Welsh (pronunciation only), Norsk/Norwegian (pronunciation only), and Tuvan (folk song lyrics).

    That said, I think English is by far among the most difficult languages to learn. The grammar has a bunch of rules that would make sense if not for the exceptions and the exceptions to those exceptions, plus the accepted exceptions which are considered exceptional :P. Spelling is nowhere near phonetic in many instances. “Ough” can be pronounced 7 different ways for different words!!! Who was the genius (NOT) who came up with that???? And then, the icing on the cake: once you become fairly adept at English and familiar with most of the grammar, syntax, and spelling rules, you find out that hardly anyone uses them, and that current modern English is headed in a downward spiral because words keep changing and people are becoming too lazy to write/speak correctly.

    Anyone who thinks that learning Gaeilge is tough has nooooooo idea how frustrating it is for some immigrants to learn English. I have the utmost respect for immigrant families in the US who ensure that their children learn the language. It sure isn’t easy. Equally frustrating, for someone who is adept with English grammar, spelling, and syntax, is that countless people today have poor grammar, bad spelling, and incorrect syntax…and many of said people are college graduates. Gaeilge spelling is probably the one biggie that doesn’t make sense most people, but that’s only due to that fact that it is not a Germanic or Latin-based language, and therefore Latin letters make very odd spellings for pronunciations.

    But that is just me ;).

    1. Hi Doreen,

      Thank you for commenting.

      With time and practice it will be easier 🙂

      If you have any questions regarding our lessons, feel free to contact us at any time.

      Le meas,
      Ana.

  4. Vanessa Bushell

    Dia daoibh

    I always thought I was particularly bad at learning languages from my experience at school but now I realize there are always different ways to learn and its just finding ones that suit each person. I’m certainly not great at languages but I have a strong passion to learn Gaeilge and trust that will see me through… and I’m getting there!

    Joey Smith, my heart goes out to you… reclaim your language! There’s lots of support and avenues for doing this recently.

    slán

  5. Never was a language person .Dont know how im going to fair out in Irish but i want to learn it so much .Its attracting more people every year ..We were robbed of our culture in early years as i was reared in the north of Ireland …..SLAN

    1. Hi Gerry,

      Thank you for commenting.

      It is great that you want to learn Irish Gaelic 🙂 You are one step closer to learning the language.

      If you have any questions regarding our lessons, we will be glad to assist you.

      Le meas,
      Ana.

  6. Studying different languages changes the way you think and act (for the better).

    In English, anytime you think about the future you must change your verb. For example, it snowed… it is snowing… it will snow. In Chinese you would hear… yesterday it snowed… today it snowed… tomorrow it snowed.

    English forces you to think about time differently. Changing the verb constantly distances you from the future. It makes the future feel different than the present. This makes it harder to save.

    http://kehmresearch.com/2016/03/09/how-language-impacts-your-saving-habits/

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