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I have some Irish in me which is the best part to claim and I have some Irish friends. I’ve always have been interested in languages generally but to Learn to Speak Irish would bring me closer to the people and it is fascinating.
I would really love to learn to speak Gaelic, but I’m afraid that the online course would be too difficult. I had hoped there would be classes nearby that I could attend, but there’s nothing in my area….I feel that I would learn better with a live teacher and other students. I still might try this at some point, but right now I’m just not very confident in my ability!
If you can find a local teacher, you’re right – you’ll be able to learn a lot from there. That can take time too, though 🙂
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I have been trying to learn Irish Gaelic for several yrs now, something about the language intrigued me while visiting Ireland. This area of Missouri has never heard of Gaelic so it has been difficult, with no one to speak it to. I have used tapes, a Gaelic dictionary and some online resources. I know the basic, greetings, thanks, signs, etc. I have enjoyed the the “bites” that I receive from Eoin. go raibh maith agat.
I have tried free on-line translations and phrase pages and YouTube videos for pronunciation but its very limited. I am in a small eastern Minnesota town with extremely limited resources. I am on a VA disability so a fixed income also limits what I can do.
My husband speaks Irish Gaelic, and helps me to learn it. I listen to it whenever possible to get a feel for it, and also study the written language, and discovering the etymology of words is a tremendous help to me in learning a language.
The main issue I have found is the different dialects, as some are appreciably different than others… and than one most not be confused by some classes that say ‘Gaelic’ and it’s Scottish Gaelic.. that makes learning Irish Gaelic very hard when the difference are big enough between all of them to get a solid footing.
I hear ya. But I would argue it’s not something that you should let stop you in your tracks.
One way to look at it is to just take it that there are different ways of saying the same thing. We cover this a bit more about Irish dialects: http://www.bitesizeirishgaelic.com/blog/irish-dialects/
About Scottish Gaelic and Irish Gaelic you are certainly correct. I think they are too different to be able to be approached as a single language. But don’t let that stop you either. Just be sure that what you are learning from refers to “Irish” rather than simply “Gaelic”. We cover this a little more here: http://www.bitesizeirishgaelic.com/blog/gaelic-irish-language/
I have an Irish background and i am involved with our Celtic Club here where i live. I have always been so fascinated with the Irish Heritage that i am very eager to learn Gaelic Language! The Irish language intrigues me and so this is why i want to learn the language. It will also be alot of fun while learning. Irish people ROCK!!!!! 🙂
Perhaps one could try the free classes provided online by The Philo-Celtic Society
based in New York, see
for more information.
The 12 week starting-to-learn class teaches 95% of the phonetics in Irish.
All you need to join is a Yahoo account.
The Irish language has always fascinated me but with working full-time and already working on two courses I have neither the time nor finances to learn Irish in a class. In the future I do hope to be able to give it a go.
I love the little bits of Gaelic you send. With current financial situation, I cannot afford to pay extra for anything. Even learning Gaelic!
The sound of it is just great and my heritage is Irish and it probably will be fun
I tried the internet classes but didn’t have much luck
Char, can you remember which internet classes you’ve used? Does that include Bitesize Irish Gaelic?