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Buntús Cainte

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Buntús Cainte Image (based on 9 reviews)
List price: 25
Purchase on Litriocht.com.
Format: Audio CD. Includes three books which makes up the complete Buntús Cainte series.
Dialect: Standard
Publisher: An Gúm
Year: 2004
ISBN: 1-85791-562-3

Product Overview

Teaches in Standard and Connemara dialects. Teaches more slowly than "Irish on Your Own". It does not explain grammar at all, it is strictly words and phrases with dialogues and funny little illustrations that go with them.

Worked for me!
Siuin, San Francisco. 11 Apr 2013.

I took Irish language classes at UC Berkeley in the
late 1980s and this was the course that our teacher
used. I still have the books and tapes and have had
them out the last 3 weeks refamiliarizing myself with
them again. I was surprised to see it's still in print. I
wonder how much they have revised it. As I have
been working on it now, it strikes me that it is now a
wonderful timepiece -- we hear about farmers and
records about going to the shops for "messages"
(errands) ...the women want to go shopping and the
men object, the kids don't want bacon for dinner
again, the men are late coming home because they've
been at the pub, give excuses to the wife and are
thrown out of the house...all of this is communicated
in phrases and brief conversations - with the
simplest little almost stick-figure drawings, which
are meant to inject a little humor into the lessons --
and I think succeed brilliantly. Maybe 20 year olds
will hate this. I am now 56 and was 29 when I
studied it. I thought it was a bit corny -- but I came
to really really appreciate and enjoy the little "inner
jokes" and reveleations about Irish society. including
calling someone a "creature" (!) -- sort of means
"poor dear..." I clipped on my cassette tape player
(unearthed from the closet) slapped on the
headphones and went for a 4-mile run/walk the
other day listening to the 3rd section of "Buntus."
LOVED it! No, it doesn't give any grammar. find that
elsewhere. (oh, I went on to receive my M.Litt from
Trinity College Dublin in medieval irish history...)


Tus maith
jmac, ma. 31 Dec 2008.

Great introduction to 'learnin' Irish'... mainly through listening... A great variety of excellent short texts performed by wonderful native speakers... the dialect is mixed and close to the standard - a little Munster and Connemara stirred up... entertaining cartoons... good practice source for basic phrases and your irregular verbs.


Buntus cainte
Niall, Dallas Tx. 15 Oct 2008.

okay, I'm going to eat my words a bit... I wrote a previous review that said not very much good about the book/cd. that was probably a little harsh of me so let me revise... this book/CD does have some value. But I think you have to use it in conjunction with a grammar book such as Progress In Irish (which is excellent) to help you grasp how the language works becaue Buntus does not show how the grammar works. Buntus is good as a way of building up a vocabulary, phrases, some conversational skill and attuning your ear to the sound of the language. Buntus in conjunction with a good grammar book can be and is a good way to start in the language. you can listen to the CD in your car and listen to the brief chapters over and over to get acquainted. It can be used as a springboard to further your speaking skills. Combine it with listening to Radio Na Gaeltachta's podcasts www.rnag.ie and that will help you even more. keep in mind that there are different dialects out there (something to keep in mind with any Irish language course) and Buntus may be standard or closer to one dialect Im not sure which. In short Buntus is not a be all and end all and if you keep that in mind you can work with it for what it is... I still get a kick out of what Fred wrote in his review - ie. "This brings back everything I hate abuot Irish In Mick Keegans class and he beating, hitting and kicking us." Oh how I can relate to that lol but I dont think the book is that bad and there is value in it. Since I've started using the "Progress In Irish" book again I find Buntus helpful as I drive to and from work, pop in the CD, and see what words and phrases I recognize, repeat them as I hear them and start to think in Irish. good luck all and stick with it you'll get there. language learning is not easy but i think its worth it. check out www.rnag.ie to hear everyday Irish/gaeilge spoken by people who use it on a daily basis. great tool to get a feel for the langugage and see how cool it sounds. listen out for the different accents and dialects too.


Buntus No Cainte
Niall, Dallas Tx. 7 Oct 2008.

Don't buy this book. whether you are a
beginner or are trying to refresh on
school Irish I find this book a waste
of time. Not much structure re grammar.
One good thing is that you can listen to
the CD in the car or something like that
and that could help familiarize you with
the sound. But there are better
training resources out there. This is
one that could turn you off the
language.


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