Ten Secrets for Practising Irish Every Day

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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.


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.

151 thoughts on “Ten Secrets for Practising Irish Every Day”

  1. I was born in Sligo county, but never had the chance to learn our language before moving to America. I pledge to be one of many to help keep our language alive for the love of Ireland and her people. I do not learn languages easily, however I will do my best!

  2. I dont yet know how, but i pledge to learn the Irish language. I am quite shy but will try my very hardest.
    I am English, living in Ireland and the least i can do to make up for that is learn the language my ancestors shamefuly took from this beautiful country.

  3. I started learning Irish two years ago with Duolingo. because it is the language of my ancestors.. I have finished the formal lessons but need to practice speaking snd listening now. In the language. I will do some every day.

  4. I pledge to practice Gailic with my best effort and use it as often as I can. I’m practicing on my daughters, my husband and my coworkers here at church. They think I’m nuts, but that’s a given! Dia dhuit! and farewell!

  5. Ta mo mhac ag caint in Estonian, agus ta muid ag foghlaim Gaeilge nuair is fediur.
    I say repeat ‘Christian is aimn dom’ to which he replies dada I am not dumb :-).
    on focal is fear liom in estonian is ‘minu Räägin väikest eesti keelt’ ( I speak small amount of Estonian )
    I take the pledge to caint as Gaeilge gach la.

  6. I’m planning on learning more vocabulary by using common words in Irish rather than English in my notes and everyday activities, to help me make progress with active use of the language.

  7. I have a plan to help me learn: go to a pub with an Irish-speaking bartender and maybe Irish speaking customers. I know that Club an Conradh and CCÉ in Dublin allow the public in where you can have a drink and listen to music and maybe engage with other Irish-speaking customers. I would welcome information of other Irish-speaking venues especially in Galway. Níl ach droch Gaeilge agam ach táim ag foghlaim.

  8. For the last year, I’ve worked diligently on the Beginner’s Level course offered through Ranganna, an excellent course in so many ways. I took copious notes on grammar and completed all the exercises–a good resource I can continue to use. But I didn’t make the progress in learning Irish that I had hoped to, which may simply mean that I needed to study using a different approach. I am thrilled with the help I’ve received already from reading “Ten Secrets for Practising Irish Every Day”, trying out two of the suggestions on the checklist, and watching two videos. I can now say with great enthusiasm, I pledge to continue practicing Gaeilge each day.

  9. Catherine R Heckel

    I pledge to speak/read/hear Gaeilage Gach Lá. Mostly practicing speaking with my cats who think I’m crazy anyway:). I also want to learn to sing songs in Irish.

    1. I am trying to make some time every day to practise pronunciation, learn a new word and listen. My house is covered in post-it notes too!

  10. I pledge to practise Irish every day. My biggest problem is pronunciations as I am not near any native speakers

    1. Brian Kilgannon

      I agree. The biggest drawback is that as students of Irish in North America, we have no one to speak Irish with!

    2. Richard Sullivan

      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.

    1. Gerard Paul Byrne

      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.

  11. 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.

    1. 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

  12. 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!)

  13. My daughter has just finished her oral in leaving certificate and I wanted to have another chance to learn my language

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

      1. 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.

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