Bitesize Irish members hail from all corners of the world and all walks of life – we have everyone from realtors, musicians and engineers in our community! One of our newest members is Ricardo, a musician from Brazil who came to Gaeilge through his interest in Sean-nós singing and Irish literature.
Read about his journey so far!
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I am a professional classical musician (singer, classical guitar, luth, arranger) born in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. I have done concerts and recorded my solo albums (medieval, renaissance and baroque).
As a professor, I regularly teach Gregorian Chant to the benedictine monks of the Monastery of Saint Benedict in Rio de Janeiro (which was founded in the sixteenth century).
What got you interested in speaking the Irish language?
Irish Sean Nós song and poetry have deeply got me, these are the reasons I was interested by Irish language and culture.
Here and there, some Irish books and albums crossed my way until I made my first trip to Ireland. Its history – from the huge medieval monasteries, passing through Turlough O’Carolan, the hard XIXth century – reveals one precious part of the Irish character: a people who despite so much suffering have been able to write marvellous music and poetry.
Do you have Irish ancestry? Can you tell us about it?
As far as I know, I haven’t any irish ancestry
What advice can you offer to a complete beginner of Irish?
My advice for a beginner would be study hard, write a lot, pay attention to all dialects’ subtleties, read, watch and listen hundreds of times.
How do you use Bitesize Irish?
Having studied some of Irish Grammar (when there were no audio-video on line courses as Bitesize, so lots of reading and writing), I spend my energies studying even harder, paying attention to phonetics and accents through the video lessons and classes.