We all have reasons as to why we’re called towards a certain journey. If you’re interested in learning to speak the Irish language, it’s interesting to ask:
Why did this journey choose me? Should I try to ignore its calls, or accept that it’s part of me?
Learn about Eoin’s Irish language journey and maybe share your own by using the comments section below.
Episode 77 Show notes
- Eoin’s Irish Language Journey
- Upbringing – speaking Irish at home
- Irish language primary school and secondary school (high-school)
- Meanwhile, I seemed to be interested in what I could do with computers early on.
- December 1995 – started “Eoin’s Homepage”
- It was saying hello to the world
- For whatever reason, I added the paragraph about me in the Irish language too
- Neighbour found the site, scanned images I made from paper cut outs, to be the headings on the site
- Added one or two .wav voice recordings in the Irish language
- Teased at school!
- Started getting emails from people interested in their Irish heritage, the Irish language. People wanted to connect, and finally they had this new chance with the web.
- Irish Keypals
- Around 1999 – started an “Irish Keypals” site – a database of people looking to be contacted
- Meanwhile – had a forum for people asking for Irish language translations
- I must have been getting enough emails to make me think this was worth it
- Changed domains a couple of times, settled on IrishGaelicTranslator.com to maximise search traffic
- I was selling software for Celtic languages. Seller in Germany.
- “Bitesize Irish”
- Started idea in Slovenia, when working at a marketing agency
- First idea: emails for a month. But I soon realised that people would want to hear audio.
- Built the product. Launched with about 30 lessons written by Sasa.
- Advertised it on IrishGaelicTranslator.com, which I then sold for its advertising revenues.
- Slowly became a team, with 2018 being a turning point in a “team” being established. We weren’t speaking regularly before then. We have big plans for new ways for our members to learn to speak the Irish language, and to CONNECT with each-other to coordinate and support.
- To this day
- I’m still surprised and humbled by the number of people outside of Ireland learning the language.
- Have met a few Bitesizers along the way
- What’s YOUR Irish language journey?
- Please share with us, share your story below.