Day OneMay 1, 2013
Learning Irish

Studying Irish

The first question: what to call it?

In recent months, when I have told people I will be studying Irish, I have gotten some confused looks. An Irish Bar in Midtown. I believe the name means ‘Land of Youth.’ “Do you mean Gaelic?” I have been asked.…

May 3, 2013 | Irish

A Survey of the Irish Language

A book by Darerca Ní Chartúir introduces me to what's out there.

Yesterday I read a book by Irish teacher Darerca Ní Chartúir, entitled The Irish Language: An Overview and Guide. (Before I even got into the details of the book, I had to spend a little time…

May 4, 2013 | Irish

An Initial Look at Irish Grammar

Oh. My. God.

Today I began reading Essential Irish Grammar, by Éamonn Ó Dónaill, and I am in shock. I am seeing things I have never seen before in my entire life. Everything started out promisingly, when…

May 5, 2013 | Irish

Language-Learning Books Should Be Proofread!

Mistakes can really screw up teach-yourself language learners.

Yesterday I wrote briefly about lenition, a process through which the beginnings of words in Irish can change depending on the word that precedes them.  I found the lenition explanation in Essential Irish Grammar by Éamonn Ó…

May 9, 2013 | Irish

Talk Irish!

I am loving the online course I bought on the Talk Irish website. What a deal/steal!

A few days ago, for nine dollars and forty-something cents a month, I purchased access to an online course on the Talk Irish website. It is based on an old TV program, Buntús Cainte, that first ran…

May 10, 2013 | Irish

More on Talk Irish and Pimsleur

My study strategies are driven by my pronunciation-assistance needs.

Earlier today a reader asked me why, for Irish, I wasn’t beginning with Pimsleur and whether that had to do with there being only 10 Pimsleur lessons for this language. I admit to a little despondency over the paucity of…

May 11, 2013 | Irish

Some Weird Things in Irish

I have just four to discuss today, but I imagine more will pop up.

Here are a few weird things in Irish: Weird Thing #1. On the eve of Mother’s Day, the word madra in Irish keeps throwing me. I keep thinking it is “mother,” but it is “dog.” Oops. Weird…

May 12, 2013 | Irish

Irish Verbs and Twitter

Over the weekend I encounter some Irish verbs and some Irish tweets.

I am not super attached to social media, but I try to stay reasonably on top of things. A year or so ago I opened a Twitter account and then, like many people I know, let it languish while I…

May 18, 2013 | Irish

Some Irish Words Look Familiar

But most don't!

Studying Irish is nowhere near as easy as studying Spanish or French or Italian.  I Have Been Using the Google Translate App on My iPhone, a Lot Besides the very different grammar, there simply aren’t that many words…

May 20, 2013 | Irish

Some Questions from a Reader

On multilingual multitasking and other subjects.

One of the things I love about this project is that I hear from people all over the world who love languages, too. Since this website first went up, it has had visitors from 164 countries. A large chunk of Africa…