Ten Secrets for Practising Irish Every Day
As an active learner of the Irish language, it can be so hard to find ways to practise the language.
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Based on a set of principles for diving into the Irish language, we’ll first lay out ten secrets for practising Gaeilge Gach Lá (Irish every day). At Bitesize Irish, our mission is to help you achieve this.
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Dia dhuit, this [Gaeilge Gach Lá Checklist] will be so useful – great for motivation as well as staying organised and keeping track. Go raibh míle maith agat.
Author and learner, UK. Bitesize Irish member.
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As mentioned in the ebook, come back here after reading it and take the pledge of Gaeilge Gach Lá. To do so, leave your reply below. This is your chance to draw a line in the sand and say “I’m doing this”.
Pledge how you might practise Gaeilge Gach Lá. It can be simple or not, and all depends on your life, context and energy resources. I’m sure you have your own variations and ideas, which you can share. Leave your comment below.
135 thoughts on “Ten Secrets for Practising Irish Every Day”
I pledge to do my utmost to the challenge of learning the Irish language
I pledge to practise Irish every day. My biggest problem is pronunciations as I am not near any native speakers
I agree. The biggest drawback is that as students of Irish in North America, we have no one to speak Irish with!
I’m the same as you Brigid. And my hearing is not so good, so trying to listen carefully to a recording is a bit difficult. Its a good thing I will not be graded on pronunciation! I’ve taken Latin, Greek, Spanish and German but Irish appears to be the most difficult.
Usaidfidh me Gaeilge gach la.
Beidh se fada ach beidh se go maith.
I’m happy to pledge a commitment to study Irish—I’m planning a trip to Ireland in 2025. Can’t wait!
I’ve signed up to a face to face a2 course in May in Dublin. It’ll be quite challenging but I’m learning verbs and vocabulary during the week through the old buntus cainte books and looking at irish sign posts as well as dictionary usage. listening to radio na gaelteachta etc.
It’s a shame we irish love to learn everything except out own language.
I pledge to practice learning Irish each day, I take time each morning to either learn something new or review what i’ve learned. I have even joined a local group of folks who are learning Irish as well. We collaborate with some of the folks who are at a higher level so we can learn if we are making mistakes. If we make mistakes we are corrected and learn from there.
Well done to you, a Mark! Sounds to me like you’re definitely on the right track as an active learner. Keep up the good work.
my main problem is basically I live alone and to learn a language one needs to practice speaking it, but I still would love to learn some Irisl please.
I am the same Ellen and I get embarressed just thinking how I could talk to someone in Irish but I do want to learn some of my native language
I am anxious to learn this. As a very young child I remember my great grandparents using the language
I pledge to continue using Irish every day. We’re on a hot streak in my house, and my wife and I are both learning Irish together. Next step: bright green Post-It note labels for everything in the house. We’d like to do an intensive language course next summer, but for now we’ve ordered our Tá Cúpla Focal Agam buttons and we’re looking forward to our next visit.
We’re moving to Ireland in a couple of years. My wife has an impeccable Irish pedigree (and citizenship), the best I can do is trace my lineage back to some Quaker English interlopers who lived in Cootehill for a couple of generations. So I’ve got to find some ways to distinguish myself and build some cred! I make a decent loaf of brown bread, but that’s probably not enough.
(Emma, you are doing a great job keeping the community engaged!)
Maith thú – Well done, Kevin!!
Good on you for taking the pledge and for your kind message 🙂
My daughter has just finished her oral in leaving certificate and I wanted to have another chance to learn my language
Use your daughter to your advantage and let her be your teacher!! 🙂
⁹I am a beginner but pledge to do some learning each day.
My niece has set her cap to learn Gaeilge, I can do no less.
I just decided to learn Irish and am having such a good time with your youtube videos. I even made a tiktok wishing everyone a Happy Saint Patricks day from the video that came out Friday. Literally a few days in and a long ways to go but enjoying the journey.
This has always been a wish for.me ANd the time is perfect.to do it now
I pledge to speak Irish with my son every day – gach lá
I pledge to use Gaeilge each day by speaking Irish out loud, so that I accustom myself to this beautiful language. I had taken classes at night several years ago, and have Irish dictionaries. I appreciate the opportunity to learn Gaeilge, in a much more spoken, and in depth way. Go raibh maith agat.
Go hiontach, Charlotte! Thanks for your comment.
I take the pledge to take time everyday and use it as I can in my daily activities. I will try to get others to do it with me so that I don’t feel so isolated. I love the idea of labeling items in the home and. I also will make my grocery list in Irish.