Do you say to yourself “I’d love to speak some Irish Gaelic”, but “I can’t get around to it”?
You can’t get around to it because it sounds like work. I’m sure you can “get around” to checking Facebook or turning on the TV. It’s not as difficult as you might think.
I have lately loved reading Khatzumoto’s All Japanese All The Time blog. He learned (or has been learning) to speak Japanese, and has blogged in opinionated ways about how to get there. Hat-tip to him for this concept.
Show up each day, that’s what counts.Today, tomorrow, the next day. Make Irish Gaelic part of your daily life. And here’s how.
What do I mean by showing up? Just put yourself in a position where you’re absorbing some Irish Gaelic.
You don’t have to set out and say “Right, today, I’m going to do three Bitesize Irish Gaelic lessons!”. Nope. The most you have to do is “Right, today on my phone, I’m going to open the lessons on my phone, and see where that brings me”.
You don’t have to set out to listen to Raidió na Gaeltachta for an hour. Nope, just open up their streaming player and start listening.
You don’t have to feel bad that you don’t know your eclipsis from your lenition. Nope, just open that lesson (if you’re a privileged member of Bitesize Irish Gaelic, if you’re not take a free trial), and listen and repeat just a single example. You don’t have to finish the lesson, just start it.
You don’t have to feel bad that you don’t know most Irish language words? Nope, just open the English-Irish dictionary focloir.ie and search for “dog”. Click on their “C M U” pronunciations of “madra” (the translation for dog), for speakers from different regions pronouncing the word.
It really is easy, right?