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Learning Irish Image (based on 7 reviews)
List price: 50
Purchase on Amazon.com (book & audio cassettes edition).
Format: Audio Cassette. Includes book, 320 pages.
Dialect: Connacht
Publisher: Yale University Press
Year: 2000
ISBN: 0-300-08416-1 (book and audio cassettes). 0-300-06462-4 (book only).

Product Overview

Very solid teaching of grammar, but may focus too much on grammar compared to conversation. Might not suit those who are intimidated by learning grammar. A book-only edition is available, so make sure to order the edition that includes the audio cassettes.

Iontach ar fad
Pádraig, Baile Átha Cliath. 23 Mar 2010.

I found this book a dream, I take what
others say and I totally agree that I
settled into it so well because I already
had knowledge of Irish. So I probably
wouldnt recommend it to a beginner, but I
find it introduces the grammar and vocab
really well. For example if you dont
quite understand one lesson, by the time
youve moved on a few lessons it will
become second nature. The vocab does
differ from the standard, but I wouldnt
let that put you off, Irish is Irish.

Like any learning product, you get out
what you put in, but if you have the
cupla focal i'd recommend this to you. To
those who complain the product doesnt
really advance their speech, try
recording yourself reading the texts and
compare them to the native recording.
(Make sure you get the version with the
CD's).

Pádraig


A bad first impression, but okay in general
Jamie, Germany. 16 Mar 2006.

I´m using this at the moment, and sometimes I regret buying it, partly because of the emphasis on the Cois Fharraige dialect (Galway/Connacht region), and partly because of the bad pedagogical layout. For example, on starting the book the reader is confronted with a long list of words just read out by a native speaker, hardly an engaging way to start your study of the language.

However, in general the book is quite complete in explaining the grammar, and later the audio becomes a bit more interesting, with sentences instead of repetitions of words.


dar liomsa...
Mícheál, Coill Phenn, Meiriceá. 1 Jun 2005.

I wouldn't recommmend this product to people beginning to learn Irish because it progresses far too quickly in the volume it teaches. It's also not Standard-based dialect but concentrates on the Cois Farraige area of Galway, so the spellings are different from the Standard. I'd say don't buy it unless you really want to learn the Cois Farraige regional dialect.


For grammar lovers!
MacShane, An Ísiltír. 31 May 2005.

A great reference!


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