Pandemic-Syle Gaeilge Gach Lá

How to make Irish part of your every day life, anywhere

Bitesize Irish is on a mission. That’s to get you to practice the Irish language in your life every day. Even if you attend a language class once a week, it’s not enough to move from being merely a learner to being a practitioner. Here is a collection of our pandemic-friendly tips, videos and tools to practice Gaeilge Gach Lá.

VIDEO: HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR IRISH AT HOME

Links mentioned in Siobhán’s video are on the blog post.

FOGHLAIM FAOI GHLAS

LOCKDOWN LEARNING

We asked about how you do lockdown learning, and many of you responded. Read our posts below, plus the post The Road to Gaeilge Gach Lá.

Foghlaim Faoi Ghlas: Lockdown Learning

We asked you, our readers, how your learning journey has been affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and the restrictions that have been put in place. Each week, we’ll take a look at different aspects of your responses – from how you’ve kept yourself motivated to tips on accessing different resources. Twenty-four per cent of you

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Foghlaim faoi Ghlas: Wednesday Words

This week’s Foghlaim Faoi Ghlas (Lockdown Learning) aims to motivate and revitalise you in your learning journey! We’re looking at some positive stories from our Irish and Me survey responses – people who’ve found motivation to find new ways to learn during this crazy time, and those who have gained a new appreciation for their

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Foghlaim faoi Ghlas – Motivation

In this week’s Podcast, Eoin encourages you to find the beauty in the language, rather than finding challenges and difficulty. With this in mind, this week we’re going to look at your answers to the Irish and Me Survey question: Have you felt more motivated to learn Irish recently? In what way? I’ve divided answers

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PODCHRAOLTAÍ

PODCASTS

Many of our Bitesize Irish Podcast episodes are pandemic-friendly. It’s all in the mindset, right? Here’s a selection of podcast episodes.

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Podcast 122: Zúm

How will you use the Zoom revolution to connect with others, as Gaeilge? Group video calls are now ubiquitous. There’s no-one stopping us from connecting with others. So start a Zoom call! Post a link. Find “the others”. If you’re on Bitesize Pobal as a Grow member, do this through Bitesize Beo calls, and even

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Podcast 120: Using Your Abilities to Contribute

Adlerian psychology – indiviual psychology – is a holistic approach to understanding your motivations. It gives us a “guiding star” to use your abilities. In the book “The Courage to be Dislike” by Kishimi and Koga, they use a fabulous dialog to discuss the “individual psychology” laid out by Alfred Adler. He was a contemporary

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Podcast 116: Act As If

Action informs identity, and identity informs action. We can take action even if we don’t know how to get “there” ultimately. For the Irish language, we can act as if we understand, by listening. Act as if we speak, by participating in conversation. Act as if we are practitioners, by making it part of everyday

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Podcast 113: Is Your Irish Language Here or There?

Assuming you don’t live in Ireland, we might also assume that you sometimes dream of visiting. Being in Ireland is a direct way to connect with the Irish language, and the landscapes and cities that hold it. But imagine if you never got to Ireland again, be it because of a coronavirus, or moreover the

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Podcast 112: Leaflets and Time

Ramblings around… leaflets about COVID-19 that arrived now in the Irish language a few weeks after English ones… what the order of time and quantum physics means about learning a language… Thanks to Tsukumo whose music you hear on this episode under a creative commons license. Mentioned on the show: The Order of Time by

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Resources

TEN SECRETS

For active learners: free ebook for achieving Gaeilge Gach Lá.

IRISH FOR BEGINNERS

For absolute beginners: free email series and intro ebook.

SING IN IRISH

Why learn to sing in the Irish language (yes you can).

Gaeilge Gach Lá Toolkit

We’re fans of action-based Gaeilge Gach Lá. That means taking the next bite-sized step. Often we can feel overwhelmed with learning the Irish language, making it feel like there are so many next steps that you don’t know where to start.

The Gaeilge Gach Lá Toolkit is free for TASTER members (and paying members, for that matter). It’s a collection of worksheets and “maps” designed to inspire you to plan your next steps. Print at home, or jot down on paper with a pen.

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Walk-throughs

Bitesize Irish members get access to Bitesize Cúrsaí. That’s our collection of online Irish language courses to take at your own pace. They feature thousands of audio recordings with phonetic pronunciation to help you practice, along with a dash of video lessons. From everyday conversation to in-depth grammatical guides, to pronunciation, and singing.

We decided to record walk-through videos of a selection of these lessons to watch at your convenience. Here’s the full list of lesson walk-throughs.

Lesson Walk-Throughs

Plural of nouns

In this walkthrough lesson, we will talk about the plural of nouns. In this lesson, I refer to the spelling rule. If this is new to you, you can watch this walkthrough lesson to become familiar with it. Let me know in the comments what you learned and feel free to ask any questions! This is a lesson

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Lesson Walk-Throughs

Media and technology

We are all heavily relying on Media and Technology these days! Irish has adopted a lot of English words when it comes to technology expressions, but there are several modern Irish expressions that have nothing to do with their English counterparts This is a lesson walk through of the Bitesize Cúrsaí lesson Media and Technology which is

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Lesson Walk-Throughs

Clothing

This is a recording of the lesson Clothing from the Bitesize Cúrsaí course A Trip Around Town In this lesson, you will the Irish words for common articles of clothing.

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Lesson Walk-Throughs

Initial Mutations: Lenition

This is a recording of the lesson Initial Mutations: Lenition from the Bitesize Cúrsaí course Crash Course: Nouns 1 – Prepositions And Prepositional Pronouns In this lesson, you will be introduced to lenition and how it changes a word’s spelling and pronunciation.

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Lesson Walk-Throughs

Initial Mutations: Eclipsis

An eclipsis or an úrú happens when the sound of a consonant is replaced — or “eclipsed” — by a different sound. This is indicated by writing the new letter or letters in front of the first consonant of the word. These “eclipsing” letters are always written lowercase. b – mb, c – gc, d

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A place to belong

Bitesize Pobal is the heart of Bitesize Irish for Grow members. It’s our private online community for Irish language learners. It’s more than just a place to get help from our fluent staff: it’s a place to connect with others and share your own experiences and learnings.

Weekly Bitesize Beo group calls are scripted Irish language conversations. The role-play is facilitated by a fluent member of staff. We also run regular events like member calls, topic of the week, practice your written Irish language, and Spaoi na hAoine.

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