How David White Got Into Irish Gealic (Ep. 56)

Get Into Irish Gealic

David White has a great interest in his Irish heritage. He got sucked into the challenge of speaking some Irish Gaelic! Hear this interview with him, where he shares his positive attitude that makes it possible for him to keep learning a new language.

What you’ll hear:

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  • David’s story with Irish heritage, and looking to make a connection with that heritage
  • How David started wanting to learn to speak the Irish language
  • The resources that have helped David most in learning to speak Irish Gaelic

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Comments

  1. Janet Partlow says:

    This was a great podcast. I enjoyed hearing from an ordinary person like myself, in the midst of the hinterland, trying to figure out how to learn this language of my ancestors. I also loved the Cups song; as you probably now know, it comes from the American movie Pitch Perfect.
    One thing I loved best about the Cups youtube is seeing all those young folks, really enjoying singing & pounding cups (in Irish)! My husband and I visited Ireland in 2013 and while talking to one man who was about 40, we mentioned we were studying the language. He looked aghast and said, “God, why would anyone want to do that?” It reminded me of an irish language teacher who had talked about the old way of learning the language, with mean nuns/teachers, who slapped hands when students made mistakes and dealt in shame and humiliation. So to see the young generation having a lot of fun with the language gives me hope for the future…

    • Ana bitesize says:

      Hi Janet,

      We are glad to hear that you have enjoyed the podcast 🙂

      Yes, it is nice to see that young people are interested in learning the language and keeping it alive.

      Le meas,
      Ana.

  2. Carolina says:

    Hi Eoin!
    I’m planning to visit Ireland (hopefully next summer) and I somehow ended up finding out that Irish Gaelic is still spoken…..since I’m a language teacher here in Switzerland and am quite fluent in a few languages, I decided to take up the challenge and learn Irish. I think that learning the local language is a great way to discover a lot about the mentality and culture of the people. After a very confused start (Irish is really hard!!!), thank goodness I found Bitesize which really cleared up a lot of questions I had on the Irish language. Now, I’m totally hooked on it and can’t wait to see what the next lesson has in store for me!
    So thanks a million for your lessons and for your great podcast!!!!! keep up the good work!!!
    Carolina (from Neuchâtel , Switzerland)

  3. David White says:

    Eoin,

    I enjoyed getting to do the podcast. Go raibh maith agat.

    Just as an update, I posted about the podcast on my facebook and twitter accounts. One of my friends saw it. He has been wanting to learn Irish, but he had not started. He wanted to find someone with whom he could practice. After searching for two months trying to find an Irish language learning group it was great to find not only someone who was also wanting to learn but someone that I knew.

    My advice, start learning and then search for someone who has the same interest. It took me over two months. I am really looking forward to being able to practice with someone.

    Le meas,
    David

  4. Aaron Tucker says:

    Hi. I’d like to start by saying that I really enjoy the Bitesize Irish podcasts. I started listening about a month ago and I just finished this most recent episode today. I have searched for local Irish language groups here in Kentucky, but haven’t had any success, so it seemed rather coincidental when I found this last episode was with a Kentuckian! Perhaps we could even get together for a study sometime, David? I’m in the outskirts of Lexington, so not too far away.

    I had my second trip to Ireland earlier this year, and after a few late nights in the pubs, speaking with native Irish speakers (in English) I was hooked. They were unbelievably welcoming and were more than willing to teach us a few phrases. Since then I’ve put a lot of time into studying the language so that maybe on my next trip I’ll be able to have some conversations ‘as Gaeilge’.

    Eoin, you have a great service here and I plan on making your site a large part of my studies.

    Go raibh míle maith agat,
    Aaron

    • David White says:

      Hi Aaron,

      I would be more than happy to meet with you to work on learning Irish. You can contact me by e-mail at sosugrad86@gmail.com

      I will be meeting with Nick this coming Tuesday here in Louisville. You can always join us if you like. Lexington is not that far off. We can always meet in the middle. It can be three beginners working together.

      Eoin, as one of your guests said a few podcasts ago, “start something”. Looks like something is getting started and that is very exciting for me.

      Go raibh maith agat,
      David

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