Remember how easy you learned new stuff when you were a child? Your thirst for knowledge was accompanied by a desire to discover things on your own, driving you forward and shaping your character.
How did that change when you became an adult?
You obviously noticed how learning new things is getting harder to do as you get older. That doesn’t mean we can’t do it but it requires a shift in our learning process. There are a lot of things that may come first in your life, pushing the desire to learn Irish or any other language down the line. What can you do about this?
It’s actually quite simple. You have to tap into your self-awareness potential, realize that you can’t learn new things as much as you’d want to… and that’s OK! We discussed in a previous article (and podcast episode) about the pressure everyone feels when learning Irish or other languages. The solution to overcome it is to accept it and realize it’s not going anywhere.
With this mindset you can move forward with your self-improvement goals. Realize that you’ll face challenges when learning Irish. Accept the fact that you’re an “off and on learner” and learn at your own pace. The Bitesize method of learning Irish Gaelic makes sure you can accomplish that.
Timothy Lord, a Bitesize Irish Gaelic community member faced the challenges of learning Irish on his own but he managed to shift his perception of learning new things in the right direction. He was kind enough to share his methods of learning Irish with us and our readers.
Below you can find his interview and methods of learning for “any off and on learners” out there.
Bitesize: What got you wanting to speak Irish Gaelic?
Timothy: I have tried to learn a couple of languages, picking up a few words here and there. I was studying Scots Gaelic, of which I found to my liking. However, when I heard Irish, it called to me. Hard to explain.
I stumbled upon Bitesize Irish Gaelic, which I like for the sound bites as well as the phonetic pronunciation of the words. I am in love with the language, enjoying listening to it spoken as well as the music. I want to be fluent. With secret desires to do radio, TV… Ah, lofty goals.
The little Spanish and German I speak comes out with a southern drawl. Can only image what my Irish would sound like to others.
Bitesize: Do you have Irish ancestry? Tell us about it.
Timothy: I have an ancestor on my Father’s side who immigrated to Maryland from Ireland in the 1690’s. Sadly, I know very little of him. And where he himself was from in Ireland. My mother’s maiden name is Waldron, of which I read of a little of Clan Waldron there in Ireland. I know even less of her ancestry. I know of some in my family who have done the genealogy, but have not taken time for it myself.
I would love to find if I could have a dual citizenship, but alas, that is not to be. I visited Ireland in 2012. Wonderful place, and wonderful people.
Bitesize: How do you use Bitesize Irish Gaelic?
Timothy: Since I am most self taught, I use the site to aid in how to pronounce words. Also now I use it to help me in structure sentences. For me, it is a resource guide. And a very good one at that. Like some, I am an off and on learner.
With Bitesize, I can go back and refresh what I have learned.
I do write a lot of it down. That way I can study it when I am away from my computer. And learn how to write in Irish as well. Fada’s are tricky little buggers.
Bitesize: What advice would you have for a total beginner of Irish Gaelic?
Timothy: Keep at it. No one is perfect the first time. Ever know of a toddler who spoke perfectly? A little each day or week. Bitesize Irish Gaelic is just that. Do find some one to practice with. If at the very least your pet. Hear the sounds in the air. Let it reverberate through you. I am impressed with the progress I have made, and I still have a long ways to go.
Nothing worth having will ever be easy.
The Bitesize method of learning Irish Gaelic can help you in your quest to shift your perception on learning things as an adult. Follow Timothy’s advice and methods to learn if you’re an “off and on learner”.
You can start by taking a free trial. The Bitesize Irish Gaelic method of learning Irish doesn’t stop here, though!
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