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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:29 pm 
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I was wondering if anyone knows of any schools or anything that will teach the Irish Gaelic language around the Western NC area.

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Your best bet would be to check out the teachers/classes listings at Daltai.com:

http://www.daltai.com/classes.htm

Another option is to check out the languages department of any local college/university. Even if they don't offer Irish as a course option, they may have people in the department who speak the language and would be interested in offering classes.

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Thanks for that info. I will have to ask around some of the Universities.

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Also, how would you rate the "Teach it Yourself Irish" book/cd? I know they are a big company, but that is what I am worried about. It might be a bit too commercialized.

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The Whistle Collector wrote:
Also, how would you rate the "Teach it Yourself Irish" book/cd? I know they are a big company, but that is what I am worried about. It might be a bit too commercialized.


It's a decent starter set. I wouldn't worry about the "commercial" aspect of it. There are some errors (mostly errors of omission...for example, they teach "seomra suite" for "sitting room," and then later in the chapter have a crossword puzzle that requires you to use "parlus" for "sitting room" even though you haven't learned it yet), but for the most part it's pretty solid. It's what I started with, for whatever that's worth.

My favorite beginner's book is "Now You're Talking," but I don't think they've ever updated it to CDs...the last version I saw still used audiotapes.

Here's a new one, that's really good for learning the basics. I know the people behind it, and they're really brilliant teachers:

http://www.enjoyirish.ie/

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Thanks Redwold! I also found an Irish professor that teaches for free near by thanks to that site!! I appreciate the help, thank you.

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