How can I learn the Irish language?

Like Gaelic? As it is an old language, is there a way I can learn this easily?

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  • Orla
    Lv 7
    10 years ago
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    Dia Dhuit!

    It is a difficult language with cases and the pronunciation varies according to areas. So an Irish speaker may not fully understand another Irish person's. The grammar is quite complex too and the language can seem archaic but it does evolve thanks to new influence. This language is still spoken by a minority in Ireland. Irish (Gaeilge) is a Goidelic language of the Indo-European language family, originating in Ireland and historically spoken by the Irish people. Irish is now spoken as a first language only by a small minority of the Irish population, and as a second language by a larger minority. However, it is widely considered to be an important part of the island's culture and heritage. It enjoys constitutional status as the national and first official language of the Republic of Ireland. It is also an official language of the European Union and an officially recognised minority language in Northern Ireland.

    My daughter is bilingual thanks to a Gaelscoil (An Irish school) it took her 3 years to reach this level. I would advice you an initiation with Byki.com which provides a free download flash cards. And if you can afford it, get these CD roms:

    ―Eurotalk Interactive: Vocabulary builder: All ages. Foghlaim Gaeilge! Learn Irish

    ―Eurotalk Interactive: Learn Irish Foghlaim Gaeilge! Talk Now! Beginners (Essential words & phrases for absolute beginners).

    ―Eurotalk Interactive: Learn Irish Foghlaim Gaeilge! World Talk Intermediate. (Improve your listening abd speaking skills!). They also have an advanced level using an Irish movie. But I don't know the title.

    Some free online lessons or download pdfs are provided for free:

    http://www.maths.tcd.ie/gaeilge/

    http://www.101languages.net/irish/basics.html

    http://www.ehow.com/how_6625529_learn-irish-easily...

    http://www.archive.org/details/grammarofirishla00j... (A grammar of the Irish language.pdf 1912).

    http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/lehman/irishamericanstu... ( First Irish Book by Dr. C. H. S. Davis).

    http://www.archive.org/details/grammarirish00odonu...

    http://www.archive.org/details/irishlanguageiri00c... (The Irish Language & Irish Intermediate Education).

    http://www.archive.org/details/practicalgrammar00c... (The Irish Language & Irish Intermediate Education).

    Source(s): My daughter is bilingual. The CD rom helped her a lot. I am taking it easy!
  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    decide for it...it relatively is amazingly perplexing. in college in eire we study it from the age of four or 5 yet maximum individuals suck at in my type and we are all 15 or sixteen. There are some many regulations and then exceptions to the regulations however the sturdy element is there are basically 11 stunning verbs...sturdy success. go nEiri an Bothar Leat ( i think of that announces sturdy success yet I suck at Irish!!)

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Go to language classes

  • 10 years ago

    I would say there is no easy way. You would have to visit a school that offers that language. Colleges may have it. But you are trying to find a needle in a hay stack. So good luck.

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  • 10 years ago

    The number of cases in Irish is not that overwhelming, if you compare it to Russian or Latin, and it has very few irregular verbs. The main difficulties are probably the initial mutations, the somewhat confusing spelling, and the abundance of idioms. There is, for example, no word for 'have', so 'I have x' is expressed as 'there is x at me', and you don't say 'I like x', but 'x is good with me', etc.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    by moving to Ireland!

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