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Speaking Irish: An Ghaeilge Bheo

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Speaking Irish: An Ghaeilge Bheo Image (based on 2 reviews)
List price: 39.95
Amazon.com, Chapters.ca
Format: DVD Video. Includes both a hard cover book and accompanying DVD.
Dialect: Standard
Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (December 12, 2007)
Year: 2007
ISBN: 978-0-07-147563-1

Product Overview

It comes with the tag line of "Take your language skills beyond basics", so it is aimed at people who already have a grasp of the language. The DVD features unrehearsed interviews with native Irish speakers from all three Irish dialects. The book contains interview transcripts, plus extensive exercises and notes on vocabulary, grammar and regional variations.

phantastic
lingofreak, Dubai. 16 Nov 2009.

I could not agree more with redwolf from california. Having worked as a Russian teacher at high-school, I know how hard it is to bridge the gap between the classroom and the real world. An Ghaeilge Bheo does exactly that in a very elegant and convincing way. It gives you the confidence to use the language because you don't fear the moment anymore where you don't understand the answer and the dialogue collapses.
Got my copy in Melbourne, Australia at the foreign language bookshop, but stumbled over it a few days later here in Dubai at Kinokunya's in the Dubai Mall.


Really exciting
Redwolf, California, USA. 11 Feb 2008.

Even though I've only been using this product for about a week, I'm really glad I bought it. This is the first learning product to come out for upper-intermediate to advanced learners since Turas Teanga, and it's aimed at helping one understand real-life Irish -- "Gaeilge na Sraide, so to speak -- as it's actually spoken by native speakers.

Most learning products with audio, quite rightly, help the learner by using simple sentences, perfect (and dialect-neutral) grammar, careful diction, a slow pace and repetition. That's great when you're first setting out to learn a language. But in real life, people don't speak like that. They speak quickly, use colloquialisms and regionalisms (even...gasp! BĂ©arlachas!), run words together or soften the endings of words, etc. They may have accents that are different from what you're used to, or use expressions that are unfamiliar. If one really wants to become fluent in a language, sooner or later, one needs to learn to handle the "real-world" language...and that's what this product is geared toward.

The package consists of a (very nice, hardbound) book and a DVD with more than 120 minutes of authentic interviews, mostly with native speakers. The interviewees come from every corner of Ireland. They've been interviewed on a wide variety of topics, and instructed to speak naturally, as they would to another fluent speaker. For each unit in the book, you listen to an interview several times until you get the gist of what's being said, then work a few exercises. The book also points out regionalisms and other interesting features of the speaker's Irish. If you really aren't following, the Irish text for each interview appears at the end of the unit (transcribed directly from the interview...stops and starts, "ems" and "ers" and all), and you can follow along with that a few times until you're really hearing what the speaker is saying. If you're REALLY stuck, or if you want to double-check your understanding, there are English translations at the end of the book (but, to be honest, if you really need to refer to the English to get the gist of what's being said, this set is probably too advanced for you).

I can't emphasize enough that this is NOT beginner material. Even intermediates may find it a bit daunting at first...these people speak much more quickly than your teacher (if you have one) probably does, and at first it can be really hard to follow, especially if an interview is in an unfamiliar dialect. I was a bit taken aback, at first, as my level of comprehension is, for a learner, pretty good, but it really took me a while to be able to follow the first interview! For those intermediate to advanced learners, however, who really want to take their learning to the next level...to authentic, natural, speech and understanding, this is a wonderful tool, and well-worth the price. I'm already finding that I'm following shows on TG4 much more easily, as my ear is beginning to adapt to the spoken language.

Another nice thing about this product is its availability. I picked up my copy in a small, independent bookshop in Santa Cruz, CA. A week later, a copy turned up at Borders. The major on-line book vendors all seem to have it.

This really is an outstanding resource, and I recommend it to all intermediate- to advanced-learners, but especially to those who are studying on their own, with little opportunity to interact regularly with fluent Irish speakers.



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