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Old January 2nd, 2008, 9:02 pm
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Oh man! It is like my dream to learn Gaeilge! How difficult a language is it? I'm struggling through Spanish so on a scale of one to ten I have like a -4% chance of learning Irish right?

Can you teach me something--someone on here, like a simple phrase, just so I can say I know one thing.


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Old January 2nd, 2008, 9:13 pm
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Well as languages go I'm not sure if it's the easiest. Not that it's hugely difficult it's different to most European languages you would have to learn. Like instead of dividing verbs up according to -AR, -ER, and -IR as in Spanish they're conjugated according to whether they are one syllable or more than one syllable . On page two there are a few greetings and things like that. I'll post other stuff later but my mam and dad are calling for dinner. Sorry.


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Old January 2nd, 2008, 9:42 pm
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I beleive it is the most difficult of the European languages, Gaeilge only has similaities with english word were as the others have similar words, but if you keep trying your sure to get it, i wish i had have kept it on at school, but alas i didnt


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Old January 3rd, 2008, 12:28 am
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I just bought a book about it. I'm determined to learn this language. I'll keep this thread bookmarked so I can pop in and ask questions from time to time. *winks*

Goodness I wish they had taught it at my school! How amazing that would have been! Alas.


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Old January 3rd, 2008, 4:32 pm
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I beleive it is the most difficult of the European languages, Gaeilge only has similaities with english word were as the others have similar words, but if you keep trying your sure to get it, i wish i had have kept it on at school, but alas i didnt

Most irish people I think would wish the exact opposite. Personally though I quite like the language and I wish it was used more than it is, having said that, it is extremely handy while abroad


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Old February 21st, 2008, 1:51 pm
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Hey gach duine! Mar is eol doibh táim ag déanamh an Ghaeilge san ollscoil (ach tá grammadach fós granna agam). Tá muid ag déanamh cursa faoi meath na Ghaeilge. Bhí mé ag caint le mo thuismitheoirí agus fuair mé amach go raibh mo sheanathair an duine is oige ina chlann agus togadh é le bearla cé g raibh ghaeilge an teanga a labhairt gach eile duine sa clann. Táim ag iarraidh a fhail amach an bhfuil fhios ag daoine cathain a stop do chlann fein ag labhairt gaeilge? Go raibh maith agaibh.


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Old March 11th, 2008, 1:46 pm
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In the run up to St Patrick's day (Lá Féile Pádraig) I'm glad this thread is still alive and kicking!

TheInvisibleF chun freagra a tabhairt duit, táim as Corcaigh agus i gclann m'áintín, sé gaeilge an teanga a labhairt siad go nádurtha. Níl a fhíos agam chonas a stop mo chlann féin ag labhairt gaeilge, níl suim mór ag chlann m'athair sa gaeilge ar chor ar bith.


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Old March 20th, 2008, 8:19 pm
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Go raibh maith agat a Liselle. Carbh as d'aintin? An áit idir Crcaigh agus Ciarraí, b'fheidir? Tá Gaeilge duchasach ag m'uncail fresin ach tá inmi ag a bhean cheile (m'aintin) go mbeidh deacrachtaí ag a bpaistí sa saol mura labhraíonn siad an Bhearla.

Maybe I might broaden my question out a bit. I was saying in my previous post that in university we are studying the decline in Irish. It wasn't all that long ago that Irish was the language most people spoke. So I'm asking does anyone know when their own families stopped speaking Irish. It would be interesting if there's anyone from abroad looking at this if they know when their family left and if they spoke English or Irish.


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Old March 21st, 2008, 12:39 am
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I think there are some interesting articles/research done on Newfoundland Irish speakers. Newfoundland might be of interest to you as the people there speak english with a distinctive accent(the area was predominantly settled by people from SE Ireland) and according to some researchers there were people there speaking Irish into the 20th century.

PS I just bought the "Teach Yourself Irish" book. (published by McGraw-Hill in North America) and it explains the basics quite well and is very easy to follow.


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Old March 21st, 2008, 1:05 am
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Good on you Pints for giving Irish a try. I got one of those 'Teach ourself Spanish' ones free in the paper once and it was alright. The Amazon reviews seem to be annoyed at the lack of grammar in it but sure if there is a lack of that just come on here and we'll try our best to explain anything for you. An-mhaith cursa ata tu ag tosnu agus go raibh maith agat about the NewFoundLand stuff. We did a small amount on them this semester.

Also, has anyone been watching 'in the name of the fada'? It's about Des Bishop's experiences learning Irish over the past year in Connemara. I caught the last few minutes of this week's episode and it's not half bad.


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Old March 23rd, 2008, 3:25 pm
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My Mom (and aunt then) are all from Cork. INterestingly they did not speak irish growing up but my aunt and then her now husband when they were in university had "suim mór sa gaeilge" and I guess it just went from there.

Actually, something you might find interesting to see is something thepeoplesrepublicofcork have started running. It's called
CLUB DAON-PHOBLACHT and details of the next meet are here

Can irish be normal Part 1?
Can Irish be normal Part 2

They do raise some interesting points alright and I do genuinely think it's worth the read.


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Old March 23rd, 2008, 6:34 pm
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Go raibh maith agat a Liselle. I nGaillimh tá áit darbh ainm 'Áras na Gael' agus tá tu in ann an Gaeilge a labhairt le daoine. Ní raibh mé ann roimh ach chúla mé rudaí maith faoi (níl an t-am agam chun dul go gach tí tabhairne i Cathair na Gaillimhe!) Ceapaim go bhfuil an rud i Corcaigh cosuil leis ach sealadach. Bhí an nasc an-suimiuil. Is rud é atá a lan daoine ag caint faoi anois. B'fheidir go aithróidh siad an Ard Theist chun níos mo bheim a chur ar an scrudu cainte. Caithfidh mé dul síos staire anois agus aiste a scríobh faoi rud eigin nach bhfuil fhios a bith agam faoi. Slan gach duine.


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Go néirí an t-ádh leat leis an aiste!!


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Go raibh maith agat. Chuaigh mé sios staighre ach chuaigh mé ar an idirlíon aris ach an am sin chuaigh mé ar YouTube. Ach rinne mé an aiste inniu.. tar eis tamaill. Níl ach dhá cheann fágtha agam! Nilím ag gearán - b'fhearr liom a bheith ag scríobh aistí ná dul amach sa domhain ag lorg obair.


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What does: "Welcome to Ireland" mean?


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What does: "Welcome to Ireland" mean?
Em... probably that someone is trying to welcome you to Ireland, most likely the Republic. In Irish we would say Fáilte go hÉireann [Fall-cha guh hair-inn]


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Old April 22nd, 2008, 11:16 pm
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What does: "Welcome to Ireland" mean?
In general terms or is there a context? I'd agree with theInvisibleF that it's someone welcoming you to the Republic of IReland as opposed the North.


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I'm very interested in learning to speak Irish. I only have a small amount of family from Ireland but it's a country that I've always felt a very strong connection with.
I have a book and cd set to help me learn the basics.


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I'm very interested in learning to speak Irish. I only have a small amount of family from Ireland but it's a country that I've always felt a very strong connection with.
I have a book and cd set to help me learn the basics.
How's that working out for you? I'm curious to hear about people who're not learning Irish as a "native" language although some would argue thats not how it's taught to school going children here


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What does "An té a bhíonn siúlach bíonn sé scéalach" mean?


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