Crack Irish Gaelic Pronunciation
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Take a written Irish language word, be able to pronounce it.
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
  • No longer be scared by written Irish language words! Learn how to pronounce Irish Gaelic.
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  • Have some exposure to Irish Gaelic, but that's not to mean that you need to understand it.

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

  • You'll step through this course with a mix of video of Eoin, founder of Bitesize Irish Gaelic, and slides describing specific tips and rules to you.
  • You'll download our Pronunciation Cheat Sheets, which you'll learn here how to use.
  • The Worksheets are an additional 30-page resource to train you on the rules (and we're here to help with your questions!)

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • Motivated learners of Irish Gaelic who want to learn how to pronounce written words.
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Curriculum For This Course
29 Lectures
Start Your Irish Journey
6 Lectures 17:37

With "Crack Irish Gaelic Pronunciation", you'll be able to master the fundamental concepts of pronouncing the Irish language.

Preview 03:33

Overview of each of the sections you'll cover during this course, to be able to pronounce written Irish Gaelic words.

Concepts We'll Cover

The Irish language is written according to pronunciation rules! But accept that they are different rules.

Accept That It's Different

The language has a few names in English, depending on who you're speaking with.

Preview 02:12

Visualize the end result! You're on the Dingle peninsula, on a trip of a lifetime, and this is when your work pays off.

Imagine You're in Ireland

Why you should probably lower your expectations on yourself. Go easy on yourself!

Set Your Expectations Low
Irish Gaelic Vowels
7 Lectures 18:03

The entire course really boils down to five little letters: A, O, U, I and E.

Preview 01:35

What exactly is a vowel?

What Are The Vowels?

Are you able to identify the five vowels from other letters?

Is This a Vowel?
2 questions

Learn to spot what a vowel is through these sample Irish language words.

Vowels By Example

The fundamental difference between the vowels with or without accent marks.

Core Concept: Short and Long Vowels

Test to see if you can identify short vowels vs long vowels.

Long and Short Vowels
2 questions

Get to know that accent mark you'll see a lot of in the written Irish language.

Preview 02:04

Get familiar with how to pronounce the accented vowels by example.

Practice for Long Vowel Pronunciation

Introduction to the fact that you can get several vowels all in a row, and what to do about them.

Consecutive Vowels
Irish Gaelic Consonants
7 Lectures 18:27

Introduction to all the other letters of the Irish language, other than the vowels. We have fewer letters than English!

Preview 01:25

Sing the Irish language alphabet, and a rule about pronouncing them.

What are the Consonants?

Test yourself to be sure you can identify what letters are consonants.

Are these consonants?
2 questions

An introduction of the fundamental idea of "broad" and "slender" consonant sounds.

Preview 03:10

Start to get to know the pronunciation of the broad and slender version of consonants.

Consonant Pronunciation Practice

Continue along your path of getting familiar with the broad and slender pronunciations of more of the consonants.

More Consonant Pronunciation Practice

Learn how to pronounce the slender "r", and why it's a great pronunciation sound to learn to become an "advanced" speaker.

Slender "R": The Lost Sound?

Let's review what sounds the vowels make, and how they affect the sounds of the consonants next to them in words.

Take a Step Back - Review So Far
Four-Step Pronunciation Method
5 Lectures 13:58

Now make use of what you have learned!

Preview 02:21

Step through each of the four steps quickly, before we go through each step in detail.

Run Through the Four Steps (Download Cheat Sheets)

Now you get to apply what you learned in previous sections! Take a word, and break it apart by groups of vowels and consonants.

Steps 1 and 2

Apply Step 2 of our pronunciation method to pick out groups of consecutive vowels or consonants.

Group your letters!
2 questions

How to leverage the power of the Pronunciation Cheat Sheets you get with this course.

Step 3: Use the Cheat Sheets

After looking up the cheat sheets, now your glue together the pronunciation of each grouping, for an approximate word pronunciation. You'll also review the method in full.

Preview 03:20
Immersing Yourself in Irish Gaelic
4 Lectures 15:35

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.

Preview 01:56

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.

On With Your Irish Journey (Download Worksheets)

Our top suggested web sites for looking up the pronunciation of Irish language words.

Pronunciation Resources

Important web sites to help you immerse yourself in the Irish language. This is how you learn.

Immersion Resources
About the Instructor
Dr. Eoin Ó Conchúir
4.6 Average rating
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204 Students
1 Course
Founder, Bitesize Irish Gaelic

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.


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.