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Product details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Living Language,U.S.; Com/Pap Bl edition (28 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400024579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400024575
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 4.3 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,324,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have just completed every lesson and exercise of this course book. It gives a wonderful overview of the Irish language, introducing all the main points of grammar and using plenty of everyday vocabulary. The 15 lessons are supported by CDs on which the dialogues and vocabulary lists are recorded together with the example sentences for each new grammar topic. Separate recordings give the learner practice at aural comprehension and in answering some spoken tests.
There is also supplementary reading text with each lesson, requiring probably a separate dictionary to translate all the words, although the dialogues and texts all have a printed translation following them.
The course book has a full guide to pronunciation at the start and some very handy appendices on lenition, eclipsis and other prefixes.
Each lesson has some written exercises at the end. These are frankly much too easy for even the most puzzled learner and do not prepare you for the far harder business of the aural/oral tests later. On the other hand there are also interesting passages in English on a wide variety of topics concerning Irish life and culture with internet addresses where we can read further details and extend our interest.
However, the attentive learner will notice a few points which perhaps need attention in a second edition of this course. There are some obvious misprints: some arise from transcription - e.g. fhdcadán for fholcadán, éise for éisc. Others come from failed proof-reading: `the initial consonant . . . is made slender[p.142]' instead of `the final consonant . .'. Things like that might confuse the unwary learner, as does the spelling of cathan[p.154], m'fostóir [176] etc.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the only teach yourself Irish sets ... 21 Oct. 2014
By JD - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the only teach yourself Irish sets I've found that has traditional methods for learning: grammar, aural practice, verbal practice, exercises, vocabulary, cultural notes -- none of this "learn by hearing only and mind-numbing repetition" nonsense which leaves you totally unable to read the language. Irish Gaelic is (if nothing else) quixotic when it comes to pronunciation & spelling, so to see how the word is spelled vs. how it is pronounced is vitally important. Tá sé seo fiú a cheannach.
47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great course 1 Jun. 2009
By ksiezycowy - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to confess that I'm not that far in the course, but I am very familiar with the Living Language approach, as I have the Japanese, Russian, Polish, Korean, and Chinese courses as well. That having been said, the thing I like the most about this course is the audio. Other courses are more about reading AND listening, and rarely have just audio exersises. they may have a few here and there, but they do not have the amount that Living Language offers. And I believe that you need to have sufficient audio only exposure in order to understand people when they speak to you. Overall the book is a great start in the language too. The grammar notes are short, but clear and concise. The vocabulary is practical and up-to-date. The exercises are easy and yet good for the topics covered in the lessons. the only complaint I have is that there are no vocabulary lists for the 'readings' given in most lessons. You are expected to look up any unknown words you want to know. In the Korean textbook the readings have a vocabulary list (be it smaller then the main list), but this is the only complaint I have. And all you have to do is look up a word here or there per lesson really. Also, this book does not lend it self to one particular dialect like most Irish textbooks. Instead it teaches you the Official Standard used in Ireland, which is based on all three major dialects (Ulster, Connacht, and Munster). Thus this book is good for getting a good grasp on Irish, and while not being as comprehensive as the Japanese, Russian or Chinese courses, it is still good for a beginner. And Best thing is you can go on and learn any dialect you would like and take your Irish further!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Limited Practice - Limited Confidence 22 May 2013
By Daermi - Published on Amazon.com
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Having audio paired with most of the words and phrases in the lessons is very helpful in learning pronunciation. The grammar sections are the best I've seen so far. They actually do a good job of explaining the syntax, grammar, and conjugations. Most other materials usually avoid this and try to teach the student by imitation alone, with a note that if you actually want to understand the grammar, you should go read a book on it.

However, I was disappointed with the limited material in each chapter. The reading exercise and practice exercises are almost verbatim the same things that were said in the dialogue exercise. They essentially took the dialogue exercise and rewrote it into sentences where you fill in the blanks, and then again into a paragraph that you read. There are a lot of other words that are introduced in the example sentences in the grammar sections, but you never have an opportunity to practice them or hear them more than once, so your functional vocabulary at the end of a chapter is limited to about 20 words out of the 40 they actually gave you.

The book is smaller than I was expecting - about the size of a novel, not a conventional text book. It should be expanded to include a lot more practice and reading exercises with a wider vocabulary and more varied sentences that actually challenge the student's comprehension - not just their ability to copy a couple words from the dialogue transcription.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but Slow 26 Jun. 2015
By Glen - Published on Amazon.com
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I found Gaelic study difficult and slow going--it just doesn't sound like it spells! With an auditory component, this package seems to present the tools you need for an effective study. Just allow plenty of time and patience.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent training tool 4 Mar. 2014
By Carolyn S. - Published on Amazon.com
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With any learning item you have to practice. The set had excellent training book that gave the foundation to learning Gaelic. The CD had excellent pronunciation and I was able to repeat the CD until I got the sounds of the words. I am very happy that I chose this set
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