All About Irish is a new online language learning resource, specializing in Irish classes. With the help of expert instruction, you can learn the Irish language by building a solid foundation using a modular approach.
You can learn the language from a fluent Irish speaker, from Kinvara in County Galway.
Are you interested in the Irish language?
Would you like to learn about the cultural heritage found in the language of our ancestors?
Have you tried to learn Irish, but found the sentence structure and pronunciation difficult to master?
If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, then I think you will be very interested in today's post. Plus the good news is that the good folk at All About Irish are offering a beginner's Irish course as a giveaway prize for one lucky reader to win. The next course begins on March 9th, so we're just in time with this little giveaway.
Before I share the details of how to enter for a chance to win, let's first take a deeper look at the courses offered by Patricia from All About Irish.
Introducing All About Irish:
All About Irish is an online business based in the west of Ireland. Offering online Irish classes via Zoom, the instructor, Patricia is a content creator for the Michel Thomas Method of Irish language learning.
Many people in the United States refer to the Irish language as Gaelic. It is one of six Celtic or Gaelic languages, but in Ireland we tend to simply call our native tongue 'Irish.'
Irish sentence structure is different to that found in the English language. Did you know that the verb comes first in an Irish sentence? Many people fail to learn Irish because they simply try to translate English sentences word for word, and never master the appropriate composition and structure of the Irish language.
Don't be afraid of this complexity, because at All About Irish, Patricia tackles this problem, by laying a solid foundation for the language structure from the very beginning.
Here's what she says on her website:
"Imagine trying to build something on a wobbly foundation….what a waste of time! Many people struggle learning Irish because they don’t have a solid foundation.
Our modular approach will reset that wobbly foundation! We will ensure that you understand the structure of the language inside out. You will be speaking Irish with confidence in no time."
Patricia is from Galway in the west of Ireland. Not only is she a fluent Irish speaker, she is also a qualified lawyer and translator.
Her amazing experience includes working as a translator at the European Commission, and as an in-house lawyer for TG4, the Irish language television broadcaster in Ireland.
She also speaks German and French, and has translated children’s books from French and English to Irish. She has also authored her own series of books in Irish for children, ‘Tony agus Trixie’.
Patricia recently started learning Welsh. She used her own experiences as a language learner to create these courses. Each module consists of 4 weeks of lessons, with a focus on a different element of the structure of the language each week. Lessons build effortlessly on each other, gradually improving proficiency and understanding of our beautiful, ancient language.
All About Irish Beginners Course:
The beginner level course offers an expertly planned introduction to the language of your ancestors. The first course in the series is a perfect place to start your journey learning the Irish language.
Language is taught through conversation, with lots to learn in a fun and engaging online class format. It's only a four week commitment, but there's plenty of value packed into this short course.
Beginners Course Learning Objectives:
Here's a quick look at the learning goals for this beginner's course.
- be able to make introductions and have a simple conversation using the Irish language;
- learn how to ask and answer simple questions;
- know how to decipher the code of written Irish (learn all about those lines or fadas over Irish letters);
- know how to pronounce words written in Irish;
- learn a simple vocabulary;
- learn about the structure and composition of sentences in Irish.
Irish is structured differently to the English language. Translating sentences word for word often makes no sense. This is why online translations often end up being incorrect. In this course the main structures of the Irish language are reviewed with particular emphasis on the differences in structure between Irish and English. This is invaluable information and lays the foundation for all future Irish language learning.
There are three main dialects of the Irish language spoken in Ireland today. This course includes discussions about how the Irish language is faring in Ireland today, a review of where it is still spoken, and a background look at the three different dialects.
Online Irish Class Format:
This class is presented via Zoom.
Starting on Tuesday March 9th from 7 to 8 pm GMT, or 2 to 3 pm Eastern Time in the United States.
Class notes and recordings are sent to every participant after each class.
You'll also receive some homework to help embed the new concepts introduced during the classes.
Purchase Irish Classes As Gifts:
Do you know someone who would love to explore and learn the language of their ancestors?
Do you have a friend or family member with a keen interest in the Irish language, who wants to learn Irish, but just doesn't know where to begin?
Would you like to set them off on their language learning journey by giving them the perfect gift?
Well, you've landed in the right place, because you can purchase Irish classes with Patricia as gifts. You'll find the online gift card order form at the bottom of this page.
You can choose a specific course, or you can allow the lucky recipient to choose their own Irish course with a gift card from All About Irish. How perfect is that!
Purchasing this digital gift card creates a unique code and the value of the gift card can be redeemed by the recipient against any course available on the All About Irish website. All About Irish gift cards never expire.
If you purchase a class as a gift for someone else, Patricia will email you a gift voucher to share with the recipient. This will contain all of the information about the course.
Which Course To Choose?
Patricia not only offers beginners level courses at All About Irish, she also progresses students to different levels. Here's what she says on her website, to help guide you to choose the most appropriate course for you.
"Beginner Irish is for you if you have no Irish, or very weak Irish and would like to build up your speaking confidence. Read more about Beginner Irish here.
If you already have some Irish, (ie you have a somewhat limited vocabulary but could nonetheless hold a basic conversation) then you should start with On Board! This is the first module in a set of three. Click for a full description of On Board!, Take Off! and Up and Away! The modules follow on from each other in that order, with each module building on the previous module.
If you are unsure whether your level of Irish is appropriate for a particular course drop Patricia an email and she will help you decide.
Free Mini Lessons:
Do check out Patricia's website. You'll find an amazing Irish language resource in her free mini lessons.
Here she explores different Irish expressions and phrases. She presents the information in a very informative and entertaining way.
Here's an example of how she teaches about how the Irish like to say that life is good, by using the term 'on the pig's back.' In a previous post we explored how the pig in rural Ireland was often called the "gentleman who pays the rent."
This is an excerpt from the All About Irish website:
"Expressions or idioms in the Irish language don’t always correspond exactly to their equivalent expression in English, but when talking about pigs’ backs the meaning is indeed the exact same!
Why being on a pig’s back in either Irish or English should be an indicator of enjoying good fortune or an easy life, or being on top of the world I am not sure, but so it is!
Tá mé ar mhuin na muice ó chuala mé an dea-scéala.
(phonetic pronunciation by Irish American Mom: thaw may er vwin nah mwick-eh oh khu-lah may on jah-shkay-lah)
I am on top of the world since I heard the good news (lit. I am on the pig’s back)
(Aside: the word for a pig is ‘muc’; ‘na muice’ means ‘of the pig’ - ‘muin na muice’ - the back of the pig / the pig’s back. This is a nice example of the Tuiseal Ginideach or the Genitive case in the Irish language. Just notice it for now, but if you want to demystify the Tuiseal Ginideach for once and for all then sign up for our Module 3 course)"
Do check out these free mini lessons! I am enjoying them so much and love exploring the origins of so many Irish phrases and idioms. Many thanks to Patricia for creating this amazing online language resource.
One lucky reader will win a beginners level online Irish language course, starting on Tuesday March 9th, and consisting of four weekly lessons, valued at €80.
To enter simply leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time on Saturday, February 27th, 2021.
Any comment will do. What you write does not affect your chance of winning, but if you need inspiration why not tell us if you have ever tried to learn the Irish language, or if you are interested in learning it.
A winning comment will be chosen randomly. Remember to leave your e-mail so that I can contact you should you win. Your e-mail won’t be published, just used to contact our lucky contestant for mailing of the prize.
The winner will be announced on Saturday, February 27th, 2021, at the bottom of this blog post.
You may check out Irish American Mom’s complete terms and conditions for sweepstakes’ entries by clicking here.
Thank you to all who support this giveaway and share it with family and friends.
And a big thank you and shout out to Patricia from All About Irish for generously sponsoring this prize.
Update - Winner Chosen on Saturday February 27th, 2021:
Our winner has been randomly chosen using the Pick Giveaway Winner Plug-in for WordPress.
And the lucky reader is ….
I’ll send an email to arrange mailing of his prize. A big thank you to everyone for supporting this giveaway by leaving comments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every comment.
Thank you all for supporting our Irish American community. And thank you again to Patricia for sponsoring this prize.
Stay tuned for more stories and giveaways over the coming weeks and months.
Thanks for following my recipes and ramblings.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and Blessings)
Irish American Mom
Disclosure: I do not have any financial relationship with All About Irish. This post reflects my honest and unbiased thoughts about this educational service. I publish these posts to help artists and entrepreneurs promote their Irish and Irish American buisnesses.
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