This is a study group for people learning Irish Gaelic (Gaeilge) in the Des Moines, Iowa area. Whether you are a fluent speaker, brand new to the language or someplace in between, please join us at
Olivet Baptist Church.

Where: Location may vary, please email.
When: Every Thursday
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Who: Everyone is welcome! Beginnners are encouraged to attend.

Is Gaeilge go bhriste i níos fearr le Béarla maith de lá ar bith í!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

New ebook is great asset for Irish language learners everywhere

I purchased the ebook, "Learn Irish Gaelic Online: All You Need to Know" and read all of it to see if I would find it helpful after dabbling in the language since 2000 and leading a study group since 2009.

What I found is a lot of advice and information I wish I'd had along the way. I even found suggestions for resources and study habits that were new to me.

The advice I wish I'd had all along is particularly true in regard to learning a minority language all by myself. Learners around the world should read the book and take heart that there are many people everywhere to help you. Learners are also encouraged to ask around and begin a study group of their own the way I did in Des Moines. I put up posters and notices on bulletin boards around town and asked neighborhood and genealogical group newsletters to include the information in their publications. To my surprise, people showed up!

Another portion of the book I especially appreciate is the listing of websites that provide the opportunities to listen, watch and read the language. I encourage our study group to do this all the time and now I have more resources to suggest to them.

This book is a valuable resource to both teachers/leaders and individual learners everywhere. Edited by the creator of BitesizeIrishGaelic, out of Limerick, this book was written by a long-time student of the language, Audrey Nickel. Anyone needing inspiration to keep going, keep teaching or keep learning should buy this book and refer to as often as needed.

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