Since late 2005 I have been slowly studying the Irish language with Gaeltacht Minnesota. There are some issues with this for me:
- I really do not have much talent for foreign languages.
- In a conversational situation my mind often freezes and I cannot retrieve the right word in real time, even though I have learned it (Actually I sometimes have this problem in English).
- Irish is hard. It is harder than German, which I studied in high school. I think of it being at about the level of Russian, which I took for two years in college.
Despite this, I am fascinated by the language and continue to plug along. Gaeltacht Minnesota lets me do this, and the people there are very friendly and helpful.
Most of my class notes and related work can be found on this site. Some items are included as subpages here.
Some other links
- Dictionary and Language Library. The key resources for an English speaker trying to learn Irish.
- Agus Araile. Blog by a couple friends, unfortunately not being kept up.
- Nualéargais resources. Also Gramadach na Gaeilge – Irish Grammar.
- Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language based mainly on Old and Middle Irish materials (eDIL).
- Téarmaí ríomhaireachta – Computer terminology
- Medieval Irish Poetry