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It’s All In Your Perspective, with Karen Reshkin (Ep. 36)

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Discussion podcast about learning to speak Irish Gaelic (in English). This is an interview with Karen Reshkin from Chicago is an Irish language instructor at Na Gaeil. She’s also a musician, playing the fiddle

Karen is an accomplished Irish language speaker.

What you’ll hear

  • Karen’s approach to learning: do it in small regular pieces
  • Don’t stress and beat yourself up with learning to speak Irish. Instead, use your curiosity to study texts, try to decipher what you’re seeing.
  • Reach out to others learning to speak Irish too. Twitter and Facebook are good places to start.

Mentioned in the show

After-hours seannós dancing at Oireachtas na Gaeilge:



Karen recorded a video on the pronunciation rules of Irish Gaelic. The video below is also accompanied with a text document.


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5 thoughts on “It’s All In Your Perspective, with Karen Reshkin (Ep. 36)”

  1. The perspective thing is true! I remember learning Spanish with friends at work, and I didn’t feel self conscious or frustrated by what I didn’t know, because I got to use what I did know all the time (in the course of my job) and people were always surprised and impressed that I knew anything. As a result of that positive approach, learning Spanish now in the classroom is much easier than any other language I’ve tried, cause I have that confidence already.

  2. So nice hearing Karen’s perspective on learning Irish. I’ve sat in her classes at Irish language immersion weekends, and she’s an excellent teacher who makes a difficult subject so much fun to learn. That’s the mark of a great teacher.

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