There is a great range of activities which helps with vocabulary and phrases, with the daily challenges and the weekly conversations as Gaeilge.
I was concerned that my Irish wasn’t going to be up to it – that was completely wrong. There is room for every level of Irish.
I most like the fact that people who work on Bitesize are always ready to assess what you do and offer feedback – really prompt feedback too.— Chris Kenny, UK
Antje shares her experience learning Irish as a non-native English speaker in Germany. Having grown up in the GDR, Antje tells Emma that Ireland was the first place she visited after the fall of the Berlin wall, making her way to Kerry to cycle The Ring of Kerry in 1990. She began working more on …
John / Seán talks about his Irish language journey in Hangzhou, China, far from his hometown of Limerick. He’s a teacher, and also a successful musician. He wants to be able to speak the Irish language fluently and naturally. As a young teen, he spent summers down in Ceann Trá (Ventry) in County Kerry. Having …
Luke is a Grow member at Bitesize Irish, and is an Irish language learner living in Droichead Átha / Drogheda, Co. Louth. Luke is a very active member at Bitesize Irish, so there’s a lot to learn from him! He attends our Bitesize Beo group conversation practise sessions, and our Cogar Mogar member calls. Gaeilge …
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I live in a place that doesn’t have a community of speakers of Irish and so I have really enjoyed being able to connect with and speak with other Irish speakers via the Bitesize Beo Zoom calls. The instructional videos are excellent for me in breaking things down into smaller lessons that I can learn at my own pace. I really appreciate how encouraging everyone at Bitesize Irish is. It has really inspired me to keep going and to practice Gaeilge Gach Lá!
What I most like about it is the positive approach and encouragement with regard to my language learning.
My biggest concern was not being a fluent enough speaker, but I have been reassured and encouraged in my language learning through my interactions with people on the Bitesize Pobal community and in the Zoom conversations.
I like the video recordings of the Q&A sessions, the recordings of the lessons and the ability to join the weekly Zoom chat.— Kristin Dowell, Florida, USA
I most enjoy the conversations. Bitesize Pobal is wonderful!
My biggest concern was having the opportunity to actually work with others on frame, pronunciation, & conversation. Building confidence in what I’ve learned. Pobal is exactly what I need.— Mario Botkin, California, USA
I am encouraged to practice daily….and that is the way the only way for me to retain what I learn!
I love the options I have to study every day. I can do lessons on my own. I can practice responding to prompts from the instructors– who are great about replying, and offering revisions. And there is the chance to practice speaking with other students. I also love the help with pronunciation. That is one of the hardest aspects of learning Irish.
I was concerned that I would not be good enough, but everyone has been very encouraging.
I like that there are opportunities to speak the language. I haven’t had a chance to make good use of Beo conversation practice calls yet because of my work schedule, but I am hoping this month I will get to join in.— Lynne Feyk, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Bitesize Irish makes learning Irish a lot easier than I thought it would be! Siobhan and the others made excellent videos to teach Irish, and all the teachers are patient and have a good sense of humor.— Karen McDowell, Virginia, USA
It’s relatively easy to get the pronunciation, and the lessons flow so well one into the other. I have learned an Irish song, and can carry on a short conversation easily.
My biggest concern before signing up was not being able to pronounce any of the words, but now I think I can pronounce them pretty well. In general I am enjoying this way of learning Irish.
I’ve only been here a week, but my mind is working faster as Gaeilge already, and I’m noticing marked improvement in pronunciation each day.
Things I love about my membership:
Frequency of facilitator engagement-facilitators are available and effective
Dynamic useful practice – as opposed to Duo drills
Precise pronunciation examples – I can work on saying it right – not just saying it!
Great tips and tricks embedded in lessons
Thorough grammar and vocabulary coverage
My biggest concern was whether it would be worth the monthly fee (understand that I live on a shoe string already)? It is entirely worth the price – I’ve been up and down the Duolingo Irish chain a dozen times, and for my ability to continue increasing I need a dynamic platform such as this where I can USE the language as much or little as I want. I’m getting great feedback and correction, almost like being at a summer Irish camp!
I like Siobhán’s videos, the phrase recordings, the topic focused modules, and the opportunity to interact during Cogar Mogar, not to mention the bits of advice that are sprinkled all over the place. I started a journal as suggested, and each day’s entry begins with a long form and short form rendition of the day, date, time and weather, which is super good practice – the language is already, after one week, becoming much more comfortable and “normal” for me!— John Henderson, Maine, USA
I’ve had much more conversation and engagement. Also, the opportunity to ask questions.
I most enjoy the online lessons and weekly Bitesize Beo conversation sessions.
I was concerned that I would be out of my depth but was made to feel comfortable very quickly.— Oz Luck, Co. Kerry, Ireland
I enjoy the variety of material available to use via Cúrsaí. The support and patience of the administrators via Pobal. Meeting like minded people from across the World. Sharing tips and resources on learning Gaeilge.
My favourite part is meeting via Zoom for Beo and Glaoch Cogar Mogar and when I can do it, arrange Members Beo to get more reading and speaking experience.
I was concerned about being nervous at communicating as Gaeilge and being overwhelmed with the amount of learning material. I now see that there was nothing to be nervous about as it is a friendly safe inviting place to learn the language. Accepting that errors will be made as nothing is ever learnt without fault, but to keep trying and don’t give up. The more you learn, the more the piece will eventually fit together. Finally, have fun.— Peter O’Callaghan, United Kingdom
I’ve benefited from learning at my own pace. What I like most are the videos and help with sounds and pronunciation in the lessons. I can revise when and where i want to.
I have found Tús Maith [foundational course] very helpful and later this year when i have more time i will join Bitesize Beo to outreach to more members. Well done to everyone at Bitesize this is a great course.— Brian Mc Laughlin, Derry City, Northern Ireland
I loved the classes! Especially the ballad singing in Sing a Song. (What an incredible idea!)
I felt very comfortable on Aistear and could easily sense what to do next. I loved the variety of styles of teaching-yoga, song, video, and more traditional reading and writing.— Lissa, North Carolina, USA
I started out with another solution. Then I found Bitesize Irish. Which I feel much more comfortable with. I’ve only been using it a short time and I feel like I am recalling more and understanding more, though only like a 2 or 3 year old right now.
I like that they give me short lessons and Ideas how to help me learn more.
I liked the “Cracking Irish Pronunciation” course in Bitesize Cúrsaí. It has helped me understand more why words are spelled and pronounced the way they are.— Ed Wingfield, Massachusetts, USA
I’m starting from scratch. Using this product has helped me gain confidence in continuing my journey, no matter how long it takes.
It really is broken down into “bite size” achievable amounts, and I can access them at anytime. It’s great for going back and reviewing particular aspects, active reinforcement.
I’m new to languages, and I was concerned I would be out of my depth. Bitesize has helped me to understand that I can lean Irish at my own pace by making small steps each day.
I like the variety of delivery, written, audio and visual, Variety keeps it interesting and I love the monthly Q and A.— John Delaney-Willis, Stockport, England
My ears are adjusting to the language; when I began my studies, Irish was just a flow of sounds. Even if I understand far from everything, I can hear the different words.
I get an opportunity to pronounce as good as I can which, in my opinion, is important when learning a new language. It is so easy, I play the soundclip as much as I need, and the clips are very distinct too. When I sound fairly ok, then I know I can move on. Getting familiar with the sounds of a new language makes spelling and talking easier.
Would I be able to learn any Irish at all? I now know the answer was yes, I can. Little by little I get to know more and more Irish and I just want to study and learn more.
I like the short texts in the lessons. They are short, but very informative and helpful. They make it easy to understand and learn.— Staffan Huss, Sweden
I can speak and understand Irish, one phrase at a time. And it took minutes to learn, not days, weeks or months. Each session is only a few minutes and the videos and audio are with native speakers.
My concern was whether I would actually learn anything in such a short amount of time. I can, do, have learned Irish. My favorite feature is the pronunciation because understanding the nuances of how combinations of letters are pronounced is a challenge.— Tina Wisler, Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Although I’m not finding Irish an easy language I’m keen to continue. I’ve had holidays in Ireland and my father worked there for a while. Although he didn’t learn the language he was enthusiastic about the country and people. Although my visits to Ireland were a few years ago, I visited Ulster and the Republic my memories are those of a beautiful country and friendly people.
The product is well set out and my queries have had a response. Although I’m not finding Irish an easy language I appreciate the need for it to continue as a record of Irish traditions and lifestyle both past and present. And..I do love the music!
I did appreciate the online tuition/pointers by the tutors. These introductions made the course friendly and the the course material approachable and encouraging.Liz Bayly, England
It’s allowing me to form a connection with my ancestry. Also having great fun learning and pronouncing new words. I like how it’s thoughtfully broken down.
I didn’t know whether I would be able to get a knack for it. I believe with consistency and dedication I am overcoming by initial doubts.
How it s presented and is true to how it’s advertised, truly Bite Size.— Pete Colman, Maine, United States