May 9, 2013 | Irish
I am loving the online course I bought on the Talk Irish website. What a deal/steal!
A few days ago, for nine dollars and forty-something cents a month, I purchased access to an online course on the Talk Irish website. It is based on an old TV program, Buntús Cainte, that first ran on Irish television in 1967, and that has had incarnations in audio, booklet, and book format.
Talk Irish, Lesson 18: Some Amazing Consonant Combinations
The Talk Irish folks have taken the old content and made it modern and interactive.
I absolutely love it. I love it even more because it is so incredibly cheap. Without it, learning the relationship between Irish writing and sounds would be a lot more frustrating.
Seriously, for English speakers, at first glance Irish is full of pretty impenetrable pronunciation phenomena.
For those of you who don’t already speak Irish, how would you think this word would be pronounced: riamh (meaning “ever” or “never”)?
Whatever you said, it is almost certainly wrong. The pronunciation is apparently ree-ev. Yep, that mh is a v sound.
The Talk Irish application has well-paced explanations of grammar and vocabulary, as well as dialogues, quizzes, and more. There are 60 lessons, and I am on the eighteenth at the moment.
Cute Dialogues Help You Learn
One of the reasons I am so glad I found the Talk Irish website is that, on Day 9 of my Irish unit, my Irish grammar books remain difficult for me to read. As I go through them, there are too many things I don’t know how to pronounce, and that distracts me.
My impression is that some people can read things in foreign languages without worrying about pronunciation. I am not one of them, so this online course is a way for me to prepare myself to read actual Irish in actual books.
I would have loved something like this for Portuguese and Dutch. Even though Portuguese and Dutch pronunciation is far more intuitive for a native English speaker than Irish, having the sights and sounds of those languages united in such a friendly and manageable format would have significantly sped up the learning process.
If you are trying to learn Irish, buy it!