When you do something wrong, you get such a bad feeling you can’t seem to shake off for a long period of time. Humans make mistakes, it’s in our DNA and it can drive our enthusiasm of learning something new to the ground. The harsh truth is that some people don’t even start some things because they’re too afraid of making mistakes.
While that may be true, there’s another strong feeling that plays an important role in our lives. It’s called regret and it’s way stronger than what you feel after making a mistake. Not starting to learn something new because you’re afraid of mistakes will certainly lead to regrets.
After a time, you’ll regret that you didn’t start to learn Irish when you had the chance, and that my friends will hurt more than making a mistake along the way.
The main idea here is not to be afraid of mistakes when learning Irish or any other language. It may seem hard at first but as you get a chance to practice, everything will seem to move smoothly and you’ll be so happy that you weren’t afraid.
Deborah Dickinson, a Bitesize Irish Gaelic community member wasn’t afraid of making mistakes and started learning Irish at her own pace with the help of Bitesize lessons. Here’s her story.
Where do you live and what do you love about that place?
I live a few miles inland from Lake Huron. It is rural, green, and peaceful. I am currently surrounded by fields of corn. There is an abundance of wildlife here such as deer, turkey and skunks, etc. Of course, if you like to fish, there is a lake close by. Fall is my favourite time of year here because the trees all turn beautiful colors here… and there is applecider. ♥
The winters are horrible.
What motivated you to speak Irish Gaelic?
I became interested in the Irish language after getting into an argument with a girl in my bookclub. She declared Irish a dead/lost language.
I had heard people sing in Irish so I disagreed with her and set out to prove her wrong.
Naturally I began my quest on Google…And there you were: I signed up for the free trial and fell in love with the lyrical quality and cadence of the language.
Do you have Irish ancestors? Tell us about more about it.
I am Irish on my father’s side (Rodan Hawkins & Sara Beddy).
Their sons were known for their colorful personalities, melodic voices, and beautiful daughters.
How do you use Bitesize Irish Gaelic?
I like the way I can skip around the lessons. I don’t have to study them in any particular order. I like being able to repeatedly go back over lessons. I like the audio function – I use it a lot in public. I like the size of the lessons. I can look at them when I am waiting or have a small bit of down time. They aren’t overwhelming, you are not trying to learn everything at once.
I like the way the lessons sort of sneak up on you. You will have these little epiphanies. All of a sudden, you’ll remember a phrase or word and be able to apply it.
My goal is to, eventually, be able to translate songs I like into Irish.
What advice would you have for a total beginner of Irish Gaelic?
Be patient. Don’t make it a chore. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake.
You too can learn to speak Irish Gaelic using the Bitesize method. If you’re still afraid of making some mistakes along the way, start slow but take the first step of taking a free trial. The Bitesize Irish Gaelic method of learning Irish doesn’t stop here, though!
Avoid the regret of not learning Irish when you had the chance. Sign up for Bitesize Irish Gaelic.