- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press; Pap/Cas edition (July 11, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300084161
- ISBN-13: 978-0300084160
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,274,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learning Irish, Text, Audio, and Self-Tutor (Boxed set) Pap/Cas Edition
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BACKCOVER: * The most comprehensive and authoritative course available
* Suitable for beginners and essential for professional linguists
* Includes 36 graduated lessons in a 316 page book, and 4 x 60 minute tapes of readings, conversation and vocabulary spoken by native Irish speakers
* Developed at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies by one of Ireland's leading writers, poets and linguists
* Leads rapidly to complete written and spoken proficiency
* An essential introduction and guide to writing and speaking authentic everyday Irish
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I am giving this particular edition 3 stars because, despite the description claiming that the book comes with audio CD's, when I bought the paperback edition it arrived with no CD's. I talked to customer service, but they were unable to tell me whether the audiobook edition was book+CD or just CD or actually an audiobook of the text. So I ended up returning this and buying the book elsewhere. (Less bothersome, but still notable: I also received a much more modern edition than the one described and pictured here)
Buntus Cainte is probably the only Irish language resource that Amazon sells which MIGHT teach a beginner to speak and understand basic Irish sentences through self study. You should not attempt Learning Irish until you have completed all 3 parts of Buntus Cainte.
The language is a difficult one. For many reasons. And as another reviewer stated there are so many letters in words that are silent. The pronunciations are very different from ours, for example the authors name is pronounced Meal O'Sheal. But this book is so detailed they even tell you how to place your tongue in your mouth when pronouncing sounds. I started to take notes on index cards to help me, but everything I tried to short cut that way was already listed exactly that way somewhere in the book already as a quick reference guide. It's not something you'll learn over night, but this will definately teach you.
My personal reccomendation if you actually want to learn Irish and don't have access to an instructor or course where the teacher is a native speaker is the following set of books:
Irish on Your Own (with CDs and RTE's Turas Teanga DVD for Pronunciation)
Teach Yourself: Irish grammar -- for an easy to read Grammar reference
Foclóir Poca for a small dictionary
Foclóir Scoile for a medium dictionary
The two-book set of An Gúm dictionaries (Foclór Gaeilge-Béarla & English-Irish by De Bhaldraithe) for a large dictionary set.
Dineen's dictionary if you're interested in older Irish (but not Old Irish).
You should also take advantage of Raidio Na Gaelteachta on the web as well as TG4's Irish language programming on the web for modern usage and pronunciation.