Pimsleur Irish

5 Irish, Audio Lessons

Revised May 22, 2013

Series  Pimsleur
Publisher  Simon & Schuster
Publication Date  2007
Price  CD for $49.95; MP3 for $41.95
Skill Level  Beginner

A Pimsleur lesson is a highly interactive, highly effective audio language-learning experience. I love Pimsleur. I am obsessed with Pimsleur. I’ve used it for every language I’ve studied so far.

Unfortunately, Irish is clearly not a big source of revenue for the company. Although Pimsleur has as many as 120 audio lessons for some of the world’s most popular languages, they offer a meager 10 lessons for Irish.


My first reaction to the sounds in my Pimsleur Irish lessons was: “Really?” I had no idea Irish sounded like that. 

Pimsleur teaches the Irish of Munster, which is one of the three main Irish dialects. If you are trying to gain a little familiarity with the Irish language, this will be $41.95 well spent.

An observation: I found the fourth Pimsleur Irish lesson really, really hard. Every once in a while, for various languages, I have come across a Pimsleur lesson that is for me the linguistic equivalent of a two-story-high fence on an obstacle course. I keep trying to get over it, again and again, and it is just too high, with too few footholds. Finally, covered in mud, scratched and bruised, I make it over.

My ascent of Lesson 4 was graceless, and I got quite banged up, but in the end I made it to the fifth lesson, and it was worth it. That one took only one try to get through, by the way. 

Language-learning is a weird experience sometimes, with random mental freezes and thaws.

I didn’t finish the tenth of the Pimsleur Irish lessons until Day 22 of my Irish studies. That is really slow.

If you are pursuing Irish, I recommend you consult a grammar book or some other language-learning source alongside the Pimsleur so that you can have a clue about what’s going on with Irish sentence structure and word mutations. Otherwise you might find yourself too perplexed. The language-learning directory on this site offers a number of options.

Pimsleur Irish: Only 10 Lessons, But Still Worth It
Pimsleur Irish: Only 10 Lessons, But Still Worth It

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