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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Bilingual edition (21 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041541041X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415410410
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Nancy Stenson is Professor within the Linguistics dept of the University of Minnesota. She is currently researching borrowing and code-switching in Irish; she has taught English as a Second Language, French and Irish. She has written extensively on linguistic diversity, language contact and on Irish linguistics. Her single authored publications include: Studies in Irish Syntax . Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag


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This is a superb and comprehensive introduction to the Irish language, but a certain amount of linguistic skill and jargon is taken for granted. Irish is not an easy language - go n-éiri an t-adh leat (good luck!)
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HASH(0xaa3d8cb4) out of 5 stars Finally!!! 11 May 2008
By Chris C. - Published on Amazon.com
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Keep in mind that this book is not the place to start if you haven't studied Irish before (or studied other languages from a grammar-intensive perspective). If you are just starting, save this for later and get a basic course that includes audio (you MUST have audio with Irish). If you can find it, Irish on your Own is a good starting place, or if you're really serious, Learning Irish. With that disclaimer, here's my review:

I studied Irish some years ago fairly intensively, and I was always annoyed by the lack of a book JUST LIKE this one. I've had it only a few weeks, but have had a chance to examine it and work through some of the exercises. It is something that has been sorely needed for a long time. If you are familiar with Irish language resources, you may recognize the author's name--Nancy Stenson (she is a linguistics and Irish language professor at the University of Minnesota). She compiled a huge series of worksheets to accompany "Learning Irish" in the early 1990's (I was lucky enough to find and print them out some years ago from an internet server archive). She has now written two Irish grammar workbooks. I don't have the second yet--Intermediate Irish--but soon will.

Stenson's Basic Irish is wonderful. It covers all the basic grammar/structure concepts AND offers page after page of various types of practice problems--filling blanks, sentence manipulation, verb conjugation, sentence negation, translation both ways, correcting errors, and more... just tons of good stuff!

Here's a summary of the sections: Spelling and pronunciation, word order, lenition, mutations, nouns and articles, classes and cases, ... , prepositions, numbers, verbs I & II & III, irregular verbs I & II, copula, verbal nouns, adjectives, pronouns, and a few other topics.

As you can see, a lot of info--and it all has in-depth explanation and tons of practice problems. This is a lot like the types of grammar workbooks that are available for all of the major languages. With some of the latest Irish learning materials available, there is now a pretty rich pool of resources out there and this book, especially, fills a huge void that has been there for years.
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HASH(0x95691348) out of 5 stars Learning Irish.... 18 Nov. 2009
By Tea Drinker - Published on Amazon.com
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I've got a small library of beginning Irish books. I've turned a corner recently with rapid progress which I attribute to two things: this grammar book and Rosetta Stone for PC. Rosetta Stone has been providing examples of how things are supposed to sound. R.S. goes so slowly, and since it's aimed at learning naturally (like a child does), it can be a little frustrating. This workbook was a good companion for bringing the level up, adding some general guidlines/rules to explain the 'why' (not just the 'what'.) There are other books on the market that might be just as good, but this is the one I turned a corner with.... This book has no pictures or distractions from what is being taught -- it's a WORK book! The lesson in the chapter is re-enforced with questions at the end of the chapter, with the harder questions asking you to build on what you've been taught, come up with an original construction based on what you've learned. Really very nice.
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HASH(0x9569124c) out of 5 stars Basic Irish by Nancy Stenson 29 May 2008
By Larry M. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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I would recommend this book to anyone trying to learn Irish who was not raised in Ireland. It is well written, covers a lot of material. It also has exercises for each chapter with the answers to the exercises. It also answered a lot of questions I had considering the problems with different dialects. There is a lot of good information for the price!
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HASH(0x95457948) out of 5 stars Clearest Grammar Explanations Available for Irish 27 Dec. 2012
By J. L. Conroy - Published on Amazon.com
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Nancy Stenson's grammar workbooks ("Beginning Irish" and "Intermediate Irish") provide the clearest explanations of the structure of the language that I have seen anywhere, in print or online. I first read both volumes like novels and am now working my way through them more carefully, doing the exercises as I go. On the initial read through there were so many "ahah" moments that I almost quit being surprised. This is coming from someone who has worked painstakingly through "Learning Irish" -- twice! -- and who has combed through several other Irish grammars and general courses.

The exercises are proving to be well thought out and quite useful for fixing the concepts in my mind. Overall a very smartly put together set. I wish she would come back and write a general course for beginners. I would love to have it for the classes I am teaching.
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Basic Irish: A Grammar and Workbook is a great supplement to my Irish Language studies! I do most of my studying independently and this book often describes certain rules and principles better than the other two books I have. The practice questions at the end are very good, as well.
Couldn't be happier that I purchased it and I look forward to purchasing the next in the series.
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