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Spoken World: Irish (Book & CDs) Paperback – April 28, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1400024575 ISBN-10: 1400024579 Edition: Com/Pap Bl

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Product Details

  • Series: Spoken World
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Living Language; Com/Pap Bl edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400024579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400024575
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want to learn the Irish language, this book is a great place to start.
steve decatur
"Spoken World: Irish" has very crisp, slow recordings, making pronunciation much easier to pick up on.
This books limits cultural lessons to minimum with updated and pertinent information.

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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful By ggsimplydelicious on June 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
I recently purchased "Spoken World: Irish". I too am familiar with the Living Language series of language books. I have to say, from a person that owns "Teach Yourself Irish" and before, "Learning Irish", I would HIGHLY recommmend "Spoken World: Irish". There are several frustrations with other books that I believe were not in this book. Other books spend too much time on cultural aspects and glance over proper grammar & vocabulary. This books limits cultural lessons to minimum with updated and pertinent information. The print, binding and layout is fresh, easy to read and concise.

Contrary to other linguists, I am very happy that this books teaches the official standard of Irish. It does not avoid the dialects but this gives one universal approach to the language, which is so important to gaining more speakers and users of a language. English is my 1st language and I have studied other languages.

Since Irish has struggled in the past with declining speakers, the one positive thing about English is its ability to be rather universal. One can speak English with Americans, Brits, Australians, South Africans, etc. and get along just fine.

Learning the dialects of English comes with travel, interaction with other people, reading and writing. That is the exciting part. The same can be said of this book. Once you understand the structure and vocabulary of the official standard of Irish, you can surely learn the differences between the dialects and it makes you even more passionate about the language and culture.

I also find the conversations to be concise, without archaic or useless vocabulary. Some other language books teach you vocabulary such at the word for turnip or car tire. This books focuses on useful words and builds upon learning.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By ksiezycowy on June 1, 2009
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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!
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Tenneral on January 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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