This is for you if you feel something like the following:
- “How on Earth will I understand this Irish language grammar?”
- “I see all these words in the Irish language written down, but how will I ever use them on my own?”
- “Irish language grammar is just to hard, I’ll never crack that.”
Advanced learners will always say that they find patterns in the Irish language.
They’ll be able to crack grammatical rules. They’ll see the Irish spelling rules. They’ll start to be able to try and put together their own sentences.
These people are way ahead of the curve. On average, you’re not anywhere as far as them. And don’t let that fact hold you back from making a real connection with your Irish heritage.
Seeing patterns will come later for you
It’s true: At some point, when you’re learning a language, you have to track down the patterns the pop up throughout the language.
But it’s easy to underestimate how soon you’ll see those patterns.
It’s frustrating, because there’s plenty of grammatical rules that you could be learning, if you could only get your head around them.
The good news is that you can spend lots of your time learning words and phrases. You don’t have to be a grammatical genius. Flashcards are a great way to do this, scientifically proven with spaced-repetition.
Challenge for you this week, before any pattern recognition
Set out to learn a single new word in Irish this week. Isn’t that a big enough step already? We like taking Bitesize steps around here (shouldn’t you have guessed!).
Learn a word that would apply to something you do every day.
If you’re looking for inspiration, and if you’re an member of Bitesize Irish Gaelic, then find a word in your lessons. Otherwise, look up a simple word in a recommended dictionary. Write out the word in front of you.