Short and regular learning: Your best chance to learn to speak Irish

2005-06.killarney.Cill Áirne (8)I’ll keep this short, as that’s what we stand for at Bitesize Irish Gaelic.

You’re betting off learning in bite-sized pieces, rather than trying to cram once per month.

Do reward yourself for short wins.

Do learn regularly. Make it a normal part of your day to learn a little, often.

I was reminded of this when reading the 9 habits of highly effective polyglots.

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7 thoughts on “Short and regular learning: Your best chance to learn to speak Irish”

  1. Dear Eoin,
    Could you recommend a good standard textbook for a beginning student of Irish? I learn best I think if I have a good source of the basic grannar and vocabulary of a language, as they are usually taught in colleges as foreign languages. Thanks.
    Sincerely,
    Mark

  2. Paul Docherty

    Hi Eoin,
    I couldn’t agree more with regards to your “short and regular” approach to learning Irish. When i first began learning the language actively, not too long ago. I decided to approach it in much the same way as i had learned to play musical instruments, as i know from experience that this method does work!. Also, that Irish music was the catalyst if you will for me to learn the language in the first place. In fact, I find learning Irish songs a great way to learn the language and make it stick!.

    Keep up the great work, it is very much appreciated.

    1. Thank you so much for your confirmation about how to learn Irish. I agree, that learning the music is a great way to learn. Can you give an example of an Irish song that helped you to learn?

  3. Paul Docherty

    Thanks Phyllis,
    Learning to play Tá Mo Chleamhnas Déanta and Óró, sé do bheatha abhaile, inspired me to learn more Irish music. While learning these songs inspired me to learn what I was singing about!. I find the Irish Language very musical and learning both of these songs gave me great insight into pronunciation and flow, the latter to me is very important in any language but almost paramount in Irish. The flow is very musical and bloody hard to master! . I’ll keep at it though as it is, for me. Quite rewarding!

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