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on 27 December 1999
Unlike most teach-yourself Gaeilge books this one tackles the grammar without pretending you can just "pick it up". No you can't. If you are truly interested in learning the foundations of Irish over 2 years, if you are fairly good at languages, if you are OK about learning a specific dialect (Cois Fharrige, just west of Galway)... then this book is the one to get. If you need some colloquial Irish in the mean time, why not get one of the lighter books & go through it in parallel. Incidentally, if you are mortal you will become very confused about the copula, among other things, but keep faith - there is light at the end of the tunnel.
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on 27 October 2008
A very good publication which I bought originally in 1993 for private study. It has very detailed grammar in the later Chapters which are not for the faint-hearted. Other reviewers have suggested a 'lighter' book for beginners. I agree entirely.

The book concentrates on the Connacht dialect but gives differences between that Dialect and that of Munster in its ample appendices. I advocate regular viewing of Telefis Na Gaeltachta(TNaG)or listening to Radio Na Gaeltachta(RNaG) to increase exposure to the Munster and Ulster Dialects.

11/07/09. Pleased to report that the book and CD version is now available with a different cover. More strength to the Irish Language.
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on 2 August 1999
This is an excellent introduction to Irish. It concentrates on giving the learner a real linguistic model of how Irish is spoken on the west coast of Ireland. The only drawback is that at times it can be a bit boring, but of all the courses I have seen this is probably the best.
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on 27 March 2010
This is most definetly not for the faint hearted. And is most beneficial to the truely scholarly type who likes to disect vowels to their base level. If your that type then this is your manual/cd. But for most people who have shorter attention span and who require a bit more excitement, this is definetly not your cup of tea. There is no doubt that this is a concise and masterful piece of work. My greatest reservation is that the learner would be put of learning Irish because of what I see as the old way of teaching Irish and that was learning by rote. I would recomment an audio course especially for the beginer that will put the enjoyment back into your learning..
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on 4 November 2003
You will never learn to communicate in Irish with this book, unless you want to say stuff like 'The stallion is here. It is not big.' It's from the Stone Age of language teaching methodology, useful as a grammar and pronunciation reference but not for learning to use the language.
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on 23 September 2014
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