Are you learning Irish on your own? Do you feel like there’s no way to get into learning some Irish in your everyday life? Audrey Nickel shares five top tips to practicing Irish Gaelic on a daily basis. And you don’t need to be an advanced learner to practice these tips. Audrey recommends you make speaking Irish part of your life, and not just a side interest.
What you’ll hear
- Label everything – with tips about whether to use translations and phonetics
- Sing a song – and how music is closely connected with how the brain learns (and how to use that for your own learning)
- Using the radio – both passive and active listening
- Read something – including the value of reading aloud
- Just blog it
These strategies are taken from our e-book written by Audrey, The Secrets to Practicing Irish Gaelic Every Day.
- Be aware of Irish dialects, don’t be afraid of them
- Cén t-Am É? book for kids by Siobhán Grogan
- Singing in Irish Gaelic by Mary McLaughlin – comes with a CD. Gives the song slowly as speech, then gives the song slowly without music. Excellent for learners.
- Amhrán is Fiche – Irish karaoke for your computer!
- Stóir is a Stórín by Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin – comes with a book of songs in the Irish language, including translations
- Litríocht.com and siopa.ie are two online stores specializing in Irish language products
- Raidió na Gaeltachta (and our post on how to listen)
- TG4 Irish language television (and our post on how to watch)
- Irish Learner’s Forum – Audrey is “Redwolf” there
Do you have any questions for Audrey about the approaches she mentions, or any of your own tips? Be sure to add your comment below.
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