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Learn Irish through conversations

Embark on an adventure across the Emerald Isle and explore the enchanting land where beauty is matched only by mystery. Like a living fairy tale, Ireland is ripe with timeless castles, sweeping landscapes, and folklore come to life. Kiss the Blarney Stone, search for Fionn mac Cumhaill at Giant’s Causeway, and take in breathtaking scenery at St. Patrick’s Rock. Escape to Ireland and use your language skills to raise a glass to new friendship by saying Sláinte (cheers)!

Grammar Notes

No interpretation is created equal. Grammar Notes, color-coding, and features that focus on specific grammatical nuances between target and source language strengthens your understanding of Irish language structure.

Culture Notes

Etiquette, body language, gestures — set the mood. Culture Notes provide a backdrop to learning material and let the Irish culture come alive, setting you up to forge deeper connections with Irish culture and make a positive impression.

Vocabulary

Critical thinking and memory-building exercises blend new vocabulary into lesson progress, allowing you to pick up on the structure of your target language so you can apply new content that will be presented in various contexts throughout the course.

Pronunciation

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Course Overview

Learn Irish language basics, from common phrases all the way to more advanced concepts

Irish

Main Units

Our main language course that contains the core content.

  • 1Basics
  • Chapter 1 - Salutations and Small Talk
  • Chapter 2 - Languages and Origins
  • Chapter 3 - Names and Introductions
  • Chapter 4 - Places and Directions
  • Chapter 5 - Currency and Counting
  • Chapter 6 - Food and Drink Culture
  • Chapter 7 - Transportation and Payment
  • Chapter 8 - Help and Requests
  • Chapter 9 - Clarification and Explanation
  • Chapter 10 - Compliments and Corrections

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Salutations and Small Talk

Conversational Goals

  • Express Gratitude
  • Greet People
  • Make Small Talk with Strangers
  • Say Goodbye

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Adverbs and Adjectives
  • Be Introduced to the Basic Word Order (verb first)
  • Learn and Use the Pronouns mé , tú and sé
  • Learn the Verb Bí in the Simple Present Tense

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Languages and Origins

Conversational Goals

  • Ask / Tell If Someone Speaks a Language
  • Ask / Tell Where You Are From
  • Get Someone's Attention

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to the Prepositional Pronouns agam and agat
  • Learn How to Answer yes/no Questions
  • Understand the Use of the Verb is
  • Use the Preposition as
  • Use the Question particle an with bí

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - Names and Introductions

Conversational Goals

  • Ask Someone's Name
  • Become Familiar with Irish Names
  • Introduce Yourself and Another Person
  • Respond to Introductions
  • Say That You Are Not Someone or Something

Grammar Goals

  • Apply the Emphatic Particles se and sa
  • Learn About Lenition and Broad and Slender Consonants
  • Learn Personal & Prepositional Pronouns
  • Use the Vocative Case
  • Use Is in Phrases of Identification and Classification

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Places and Directions

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for Directions
  • Get Help Finding Places Using a Map
  • Identify Important Places and Facilities
  • Understand Directions as They Are Given to You

Grammar Goals

  • Ask Questions with Cá
  • Be Introduced to Adverbs of Place and Direction
  • Be Introduced to the Definite Article
  • Learn the Demonstratives seo , sin , úd
  • Use the Imperative Singular of Verbs

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Currency and Counting

Conversational Goals

  • Count Up To 99
  • Deal With Irish Currency
  • Express the Idea of "To Have"
  • Negotiate Basic Transactions at Stores in Ireland
  • Say You Would Like Something

Grammar Goals

  • Apply Initial Mutations With Basic Numerals
  • Be Introduced to Eclipsis
  • Learn the Conditional of the Copula
  • Use the Word Ceann to Mean "One"

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 6 - Food and Drink Culture

Conversational Goals

  • Gain an Insight into the Irish Food Culture
  • Order Drinks and Meals
  • Talk about Food and Drink
  • Understand Common Phrases Used at Restaurants

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Genitives
  • Get Familiar with the Past Tense of Bí
  • Learn the 1st Singular Present Tense of Regular Verbs
  • Understand Verbal Nouns
  • Use the Construction Tá ... Orm

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 7 - Transportation and Payment

Conversational Goals

  • Ask / Tell Whether You Can Use Something
  • Deal With Large Numbers
  • Handle Currency With Ease
  • Ride a Taxi and Pay the Fare

Grammar Goals

  • Learn Idiomatic Uses of Prepositional Pronouns
  • Learn the Verb Endings -ann and -imid
  • Use the Sentence Particles Ní , An and Nach
  • Use Ag with Verbal Nouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 8 - Help and Requests

Conversational Goals

  • Accept / Decline Help
  • Ask / Tell What Trouble You Are In
  • Ask For / Offer Help
  • Gain Knowledge of Emergency Services

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Dative Case
  • Form the Future Tense
  • Learn About Gender in Nouns and Changes After Article
  • Learn the Past Autonomous of Verbs
  • Use Preverbal Particles in Past Tense

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 9 - Clarification and Explanation

Conversational Goals

  • Ask / Answer What a Written Word or Phrase Says
  • Request / Agree to Speak in a Particular Language
  • Request to Repeat, Slow Down or Speak Up
  • Tell Someone That You Are Learning Something

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to the Present Autonomous of Verbs
  • Form the Comparative of Adjectives
  • Learn 3rd Person Singular Pronouns
  • Practice the Irregular Verb Abair
  • Use Syncopated Verbs

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 10 - Compliments and Corrections

Conversational Goals

  • Ask / Answer What a Word or Phrase Means
  • Ask / Tell How Your Performance Is
  • Ask / Tell What Something Is
  • Communicate Your Ability To Understand Something
  • Give / Respond To a Compliment

Grammar Goals

  • Form Tag Questions
  • Practice 3rd Person Pronouns
  • Practice Demonstrative Pronouns
  • Use Adjectives Which Precede the Noun

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