Irish (Gaeilge) is a Celtic language spoken in Ireland. It is one of the two official languages of the Republic of Ireland, along with English. If you're a beginner looking to learn Irish, here are a few things you might find helpful:
Start with the basics: Irish pronunciation is quite different from English, so it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the sounds of the language before you start learning vocabulary and grammar. Check out our other blog posts on basic phrases in the Irish language and their pronunciation. We also have Irish for complete beginners starting soon that will take you step-by-step through the alphabet, words, phrases and their pronunciation in the Irish language. Join Waitlist Here.
Practice listening and speaking: As with any language, the best way to improve your skills is to practice listening and speaking. In our Irish for complete beginners course coming soon in 2023, you will have loads of practice in speaking and using the Irish language. You can also search for a ciorcal comhrá in your area, which is a conversation group that meets to practice their Irish. You can even find these online if you live abroad.
Learn some useful phrases: Irish has a reputation for being a difficult language to learn, but there are actually a number of useful phrases that are relatively easy to pick up. Some examples include:
Dia dhuit (Hello) [DEE-ah gwit]
Conas atá tú? (How are you?) [KUN-us AH-taw too]
Go raibh maith agat (Thank you) [guh RIV mah AG-ut]
Tá sé deas (It's nice) [taw shay jas]
An bhfuil cead agam dul go dtí an leithreas? (Can I go to the bathroom?) [un wil kad ag-um dul guh dchee un l'yer-us]
Get a good Irish language dictionary: A good Irish language dictionary will be an invaluable resource as you learn the language. There are a number of good Irish dictionaries available, both in print and online. Teanglann.ie is an amazing dictionary and provides pronunciation for most nouns. Focloir.ie is a modern dictionary with great phrases.
Don't be afraid to make mistakes: Learning a new language can be intimidating, especially if you're not used to making mistakes. But it's important to remember that making mistakes is an essential part of the learning process. Don't be afraid to speak up and try out your new skills, even if you're not confident in them. The more you practice, the better you'll get.