If you are even a bit interested in Irish Gaelic, you know that it’s not the easiest language to understand. On top of that, it has 3 main dialects so it should be even harder to learn, right? Well, not really.
There’s a little mistake that people often make when trying to learn something new – they get lost in details. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and you don’t have to think about language dialects before you start actually learning the language. Our advice is to start slow, take your time and see what can you catch on by immersing yourself in the Irish language.
It’s fine if you don’t get it right in the first time, you don’t have to get a 100% score on your first Irish test. So don’t get too tangled in dialects at first. Start learning Irish Gaelic, and after a few months, try to test your skills. The ultimate test for any Irish Gaelic language learner would be to talk to people in the Gaeltacht and have a proper conversation.
But can you understand people in any Gaeltacht region if you learn standardized (traditional) Irish? What about dialects? Well, we tackled this issue in our Bitesize Irish Gaelic Podcast – so you can focus on starting to learn rather than all the details. In this rebroadcast of the 5th Bitesize Irish Gaelic Podcast episode, you can listen to Eoin discuss listener questions and emails around the Irish language (Irish Gaelic) in Ireland.
This re-run of the 5th Bitesize Podcast episode is in the English language.