You will go from being scared of written Irish Gaelic words, to being able to take one and approximately pronouncing it on your own. This will help you overcome a major stumbling block in making a deeper connection with your Irish heritage.
Crack The Pronunciation Rules For The Irish Language
When you see Irish Gaelic words written like "folúsghlantóir" written down, do you get scared?
The trouble is, the Irish language is beautiful, but its agreed spelling standard uses different rules to those that you have been brought up with. There are combinations of letters in the Irish language that you will never see in other languages.
It's not your fault that you can't interpret how to pronounce "folúsghlantóir". But you can start to get familiar with the rules, which I'll step you through. For example, if you learn how to pronounce that "ú" accented "u", then you'll be more confident next time you see that letter in another new word.
In this course, you'll pick up the tools for taking a written Irish language word be able to pronounce it approximately.
New words will no longer seem so scary. Become empowered to pick up vocabulary faster, read faster, and therefore speak sooner.
Includes Pronunciation Cheat Sheets PDFs and Worksheet PDF.
Please ask questions! By taking this course, we'll be happy to help you with your questions. Because being stuck on your own learning the Irish language is not fun.
With "Crack Irish Gaelic Pronunciation", you'll be able to master the fundamental concepts of pronouncing the Irish language.
Overview of each of the sections you'll cover during this course, to be able to pronounce written Irish Gaelic words.
The Irish language is written according to pronunciation rules! But accept that they are different rules.
The language has a few names in English, depending on who you're speaking with.
Visualize the end result! You're on the Dingle peninsula, on a trip of a lifetime, and this is when your work pays off.
Why you should probably lower your expectations on yourself. Go easy on yourself!
The entire course really boils down to five little letters: A, O, U, I and E.
What exactly is a vowel?
Are you able to identify the five vowels from other letters?
Learn to spot what a vowel is through these sample Irish language words.
The fundamental difference between the vowels with or without accent marks.
Test to see if you can identify short vowels vs long vowels.
Get to know that accent mark you'll see a lot of in the written Irish language.
Get familiar with how to pronounce the accented vowels by example.
Introduction to the fact that you can get several vowels all in a row, and what to do about them.
Introduction to all the other letters of the Irish language, other than the vowels. We have fewer letters than English!
Sing the Irish language alphabet, and a rule about pronouncing them.
Test yourself to be sure you can identify what letters are consonants.
An introduction of the fundamental idea of "broad" and "slender" consonant sounds.
Start to get to know the pronunciation of the broad and slender version of consonants.
Continue along your path of getting familiar with the broad and slender pronunciations of more of the consonants.
Learn how to pronounce the slender "r", and why it's a great pronunciation sound to learn to become an "advanced" speaker.
Let's review what sounds the vowels make, and how they affect the sounds of the consonants next to them in words.
Now make use of what you have learned!
Step through each of the four steps quickly, before we go through each step in detail.
Now you get to apply what you learned in previous sections! Take a word, and break it apart by groups of vowels and consonants.
Apply Step 2 of our pronunciation method to pick out groups of consecutive vowels or consonants.
How to leverage the power of the Pronunciation Cheat Sheets you get with this course.
Introduction to the Resources section, giving you the tools to learn after this course. Have fun: immerse yourself in the Irish language and Irish culture. It's not about studying a book all day.
Where to from here? These are our suggested next steps, and learning methods to use to make the Irish language your own. Download the attached Worksheets for Pronunciation Cheat Sheets PDF.
Our top suggested web sites for looking up the pronunciation of Irish language words.
Important web sites to help you immerse yourself in the Irish language. This is how you learn.
The Irish language was my first language. It's Ireland's native Celtic language, still spoken in small pockets of Ireland. To start expressing yourself in Irish Gaelic is a deeply personal way of living Ireland’s culture.
I am the founder of Bitesize Irish Gaelic, and previously created the websites Irish Sayings, Irish Gaelic Translator and Irishionary.
I help you to make it part of your everyday life, to make a real connection with your Irish heritage.
If you live outside of Ireland, consider how much more connected you'll be when you do visit Ireland on your dream trip. You'll appreciate Ireland's culture in a much deeper way than the average visitor. You'll also have the chance to say "go raibh maith agat" (thank you) to the locals, to put a smile on their faces.
MORE ABOUT EOIN:
I attended all my schooling through the medium of the Irish language (yup, even French lessons were in Irish!). I grew up in Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland.
In 1995, I put up a "homepage" on the internet. It included a description of my teenage self, and I included a little bit in Irish for fun. Little did I know that that would be the start of my last 20 years!
People around the globe started contacting me about their Irish roots, and about the Irish language. Around 2000, I started a web site called "Irish Sayings" where you could listen to Irish language phrases. Around the same time, I started a forum called "Irish Gaelic Translator".
That forum grew to 400,000 page views per month, with the help of a generous community. Mixing my interest in language and technology, I created Irishionary which was a collaborative Irish dictionary.
Around 2012, I sold those sites. By then, Bitesize Irish Gaelic was running. That's our online program with teacher support, for learning the Irish language in Bitesize pieces. Bitesize Irish Gaelic is growing year-on-year. My goal is to make the Irish language part of your everyday life.