May 23, 2013 | Irish

Irish Pronunciation: Wow!

I flee my grammar book for Forvo.

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May 25, 2013 | Irish

I Can Now Use an Irish Dictionary

Yes, it took me more than three weeks, but who's counting?

Irish may use the Roman alphabet, but looking up a word in an Irish dictionary is not a simple matter. You need to know something about the language before you can make a reasonable go of it. That’s because…

May 26, 2013 | Irish

Be Brave, O Readers of Irish Grammar Books

I can't help laughing at some of the explanations I am coming across.

New York has many, many Irish bars. Two days ago I walked into one in my neighborhood, Malachy’s, told the bartender I was studying Irish, and asked whether any Irish speakers hang out there. I need conversation. Malachy’s,…

June 1, 2013 | Irish

Vocabulary Daze and a Heat Wave

New York City is in the grip of a heat wave, so today I roamed the entire worldwide web while lounging near an air conditioner.

This was a very hot day in New York, so I ended up spending much of the afternoon with air conditioning,, and various other vocabulary-abetting websites. My Irish vocabulary is not expanding fast enough. The situation is growing…

June 2, 2013 | Irish

From Flashcard Exchange to Focló to Forvo!

Why do all these websites begin with an "f"?

I was going to return to my grammar books today, but I have a study system going now, and I want to see how it plays out. Here are the steps: 1. Go to and pick a…

June 5, 2013 | Irish

On Irish Nouns and Irish Verbs

I am trying daily to acquire some more Irish parts of speech.

Lenition—which adds an h after and softens many beginning consonants in Irish—is taking over my life!  An Unambiguous Title: Irish Nouns, by Andrew Carnie Today I wrote the word “thriathlete” in an e-mail and had…

June 7, 2013 | Irish

New Yorkers, Please Come to Brooklyn on Thursday!

I will be speaking at the Greenpoint Library about this project.

** UPDATE JUNE 13TH: Predictions of a torrential downpour have caused this event to be deferred, to June 20th. All other details below remain the same. My sincere apologies for any inconvenience! Dear Readers: Next Thursday I will be giving…

June 9, 2013 | Irish

Irish Irregularity Looks Very Irregular

The things that happen to verbs!

I am currently studying future tense in Irish. I have already made my way through chapters on imperative, past tense, and present. I would like to give you an example of a little sliver of what can happen with one…

June 15, 2013 | Irish

Irish Speakers in Short Supply

When you study Irish outside of Ireland, it's hard to find people to talk to.

When I put Irish on the calendar a while back, I figured my experience with it would be more intellectual than practical. I knew that with a dearth of my beloved Pimsleur lessons and a shortage of local Irish speakers,…

June 17, 2013 | Irish

Engaging Students in Their Own Language-Learning

Some thoughts I have had about pedagogical techniques for foreign-language acquisition in schools.

Sometimes through this site I hear from foreign-language teachers. These encounters make me wonder about ways to engage students, especially more advanced high school students, in language-learning projects that would help connect the classroom to the world around them. A…