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My adventures learning Irish Gaelic

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Many years ago I was given a tin whistle as a birthday present. I started to play traditional Irish music and to listen to Irish and Scottish music. I particularly liked songs in Irish and Scottish Gaelic, and have wanted to learn those languages ever since.

I finally got round to learning Irish in 2004. I started with the Irish lessons on BBC Radio Ulster and then learnt more with Irish on Your Own / Now You're Talking, Teach Yourself Irish and Turus Teanga.

To practise my Irish I regularly listen to Raidió na Gaeltachta and the Irish language programmes on Radio Ulster. I read whatever Irish language material I can find, including online news, blogs, and novels for learners. I can now understand, speak, read and write Irish quite well. I'm also been learning some songs in Irish, starting with songs whose tunes I already know. I find learning the tunes easy but memorising the words is more of a challenge.

In June 2005 I spent two weeks learning Irish at Oideas Gael, an Irish language and cultural centre in Glencolumbcille in County Donegal, Ireland. I enjoyed myself so much that I've returned there every summer since then.

Learning Irish in Glencolumbcille

Irish language | Gaelic script | Ogham alphabet | Phrases | Numbers | Colours | Family words | Terms of endearment | Time | Weather | Proverbs | Comparison of Celtic languages | Celtic cognates | Tower of Babel | Tongue twisters | Songs | Learning materials | Books about Ogham | My podcast about Irish | Links

Other languages I've studied

Welsh, French, German, Italian, Icelandic, Japanese, Portuguese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Korean, Scottish Gaelic, Spanish, Esperanto, Hungarian, Turkish, Arabic, Czech, Irish (Gaelic), Latin, Manx (Gaelic), Russian, Urdu, British Sign Language (BSL), Hindi, Breton

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Leagan Gaeilge

Fadó fadó fuair mé feadóg stáin mar bronntanas lá breithe. Thosaigh mé ceol traidisiúnta na hÉireann a sheinm, agus thosaigh mé ag éisteacht le ceol Éireannach agus Albanach fosta. Ba bhréa liom amhráin as Gaeilge agus as Gaeilge na hAlban go háirithe, agus is mian liom na teangacha seo a fhoghlaim as sin amach.

Thosaigh mé Gaeilge a fhoghlaim sa bhlian 2004 faoi dheireadh thiar thall. Ar dtús d'éistim mé le ceachtanna Gaeilge ar Radio Uladh, agus ansin d'fhoghlaim mé níos mó le Irish on Your Own / Now You're Talking, Teach Yourself Irish agus Turus Teanga.

Chun mo Ghaeilge a chleachtadh, éistim le Raidió na Gaeltachta agus na cláracha as Gaeilge ar Raidió Ulaidh go minic. Leabhraím cibé téacs as Gaeilge ata ar fáil fosta, agus tá mé ag leamh scéal don fhoghlaimeoir fásta ar faoi láthair. Tá Gaeilge réasúnta maith agam anois. Tá mé ag triail roinnt amhrain as Gaeilge a foghlaim fosta.

I Mhí an Mheithimh 2005 chaitheann mé dhá seachtain in Oideas Gael, scoil Gaeilge i nGleann Cholm Cille, Contae Dhún na nGall, Éire. Bhain mé an sult as ansin, agus dá bhrí sin, chuaigh mé ar ais gach bliana as sin amach.

Foghlaim Gaeilge i nGleann Cholm Cille

Irish language | Gaelic script | Ogham alphabet | Phrases | Numbers | Colours | Family words | Terms of endearment | Time | Weather | Proverbs | Comparison of Celtic languages | Celtic cognates | Tower of Babel | Tongue twisters | Songs | Learning materials | Books about Ogham | My podcast about Irish | Links

Other languages I've studied

Welsh, French, German, Italian, Icelandic, Japanese, Portuguese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Korean, Scottish Gaelic, Spanish, Esperanto, Hungarian, Turkish, Arabic, Czech, Irish (Gaelic), Latin, Manx (Gaelic), Russian, Urdu, British Sign Language (BSL), Hindi, Breton


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