The Complete Course for Beginners
Routledge – 2007 – 264 pages
Series: Colloquial Series
Specially written by experienced teachers, this easy to use and completely up-to-date course provides a step-by-step approach to spoken and written Irish with no prior knowledge of the language required. What makes Colloquial Irish your best choice in personal language learning? emphasis on the language of East Connemara, with a clear pronunciation guide and an appendix on dialectal differences within Irish stimulating exercises with lively illustrations effective combination of language points, dialogues and cultural information Irish/English and English/Irish word lists. By the end of this rewarding course you will be able to communicate confidently and effectively in Irish in a broad range of everyday situations. Accompanying audio material is available to purchase separately on CD/MP3 format, or comes included in the great value Colloquial Pack. This audio material has been recorded by native speakers and will help you perfect your pronuncation, listening and speaking skills.
1. Ag cur aithne ar dhaoine – Getting to Know People 2. Ag caint fút féin – Talking about Yourself 3. Ag caint faoin teaghlach – Talking about the Family 4. Ag lorg eolais faoi lóistín – Seeking Information about Lodgings 5. Ag caint faoi chaithimh aimsire – Speaking about Pastimes 6. Ag cur síos ar imeachtaí an lae – Describing Events of the Day 7. Ag caint faoi na scileanna atá agat – Talking About the Skills that you Have 8. Ag cur síos ar chúrsaí oibre – Describing Employment Situations 9. Bia, Deoch agus Ceol – Food, Drink and Music 10. Sláinte – Health 11. Éadaí agus siopadóireacht – Clothes and Shopping 12. Laethanta saoire agus taisteal – Vacation and Travel 13. Orduithe – Orders 14. Ag déanamh socruithe – Making Arrangements.
Thomas Ihde is currently director of the Institute for Irish-American Studies at Lehman College, CUNY, New York. His current research focuses on Irish language materials development and bilingual acquisition. His previous publications include a book on the Irish Language (1994, Bergin and Garvey).
Maire Ni Neachtain, a native Irish speaker from West Galway, teaches language, literature and linguistics at the Department of Irish, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland.
Dr Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew currently teaches Irish at the University of Pennsylvania, and was previously President of the North American Association for Celtic Language Teachers.
John Gillen, a research fellow at the Institute for Irish-American Studies, has taught Modern Irish and Old Irish for the New York Gaelic Society, and currently works at Hostos Community College, CUNY.