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5.0 out of 5 stars good introduction to real Irish, 22 Jun 2011
This review is from: Colloquial Irish: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series) (Paperback)
I disagree with the other reviwer that "learning Irish" is better. Learning Irish is very good - but heavy going - especially if you have no linguistic experience, Yes Colloquial Irish is shorter (noted by another reviewer) but it is good "bite" size normal spoken Irish using the Cois Fharraige (West of Galway city) dialect. I prefer to learn a dialect than "standardised school Irish". I'd have preferred to learn the Mayo dialect as that is area that family come from - but this is about as close a course I'll get. The colloquial series does always teach you the language as it is used. Having lived in Iceland where I learnt Icelandic, I was impressed by their Icelandic course. I speak Scottish Gaelic and so looked at their course on it - it is good (though weighed to Lewis dialect). Recently I went to Berlin and used colloquial German - and it the language and cultural tips made a huge difference. And it is the same with the Irish course; you get the language as spoken. If get to the end there is no reason why people can not then go onto more advanced courses (any chance of brining out a (further Colloquial Irish?). I also appreciated the section at the back explaining dialect variations of topics in each chapter.

Colloquial Irish is very good. Learning Irish is also good - but is extremely heavy going and would be off putting for many people. Colloquial Irish also introduces people to normal language situations - and does not set scenarios and language just in rural settings and talking about rural issues
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Initial post: 7 Dec 2011 10:47:14 GMT
gille liath says:
Is any Irish still spoken in Mayo?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2011 14:57:46 GMT
Crisdean says:
I wonder this as well - as my family is from there. There is supposed to be some left at Black Sod at the very south of the Belmullet peninsular - but it must be very little since there is only a few houses there. There is supposed also to be a little at a very inaccesible part and small place at the very top of Mayo and a place (called Tokumery - or something) on the Galway / Mayo border. But I question if this is justmore hope than reality,

I have just done a beginner's course on Irish. The tutor was from Cork (thus Munster dialect-dialect I am least interested in). When he used a book he used Complete Irish. The Irish in this for me is too much "school Irish" - i.e the Irish taught in schools but not a spoken dialect. I prefer Colloqiual Irish; It is a Connaught Dialect, it is a spoken dialect and there is also part part of an article from Beo.ie on the Gaeltacht in Mayo ( Tuar Mhic Eadaigh p.135) by Padraig Standun. My Irish is not good enough to understand it - yet. I've had a quick look at Beo.ie website trying to look for the article - but not found it yet - if you do - let me know!
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