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Speaking Irish (DVD Edition): Take your language skills beyond basics 1st Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0071475624
ISBN-10: 0071475621
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About the Author

Siuán Ní Mhaonaigh and Antain Mac Lochlainn are leading authors of Irish language learning materials. Siuán specializes in language testing and teacher training, while Antain develops training materials for English-Irish translators and editors.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 225 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (January 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071475621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071475624
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,582,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Johnson on January 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I've been studying irish on and off for a few years now, but always felt frustrated over the fact that I couldn't listen to native speakers on a regular conversational level or struggling with not being able to understand the dialects that veer off from standard book irish.

I just got this speaking Irish DVD and book yesterday and was blown away.
It totally submerges you 100% into pure untainted Irish (NO ENGLISH)...it's just like you are in the gaeltacht. You get to hear the differences in dialect and accent from different parts of Ireland and the text book has complete unedited transcripts so you can follow along. It even has a vocabulary list for each segment on the dialect words used and what they would actually be in standard Irish so you can creatively incorporate them into your own way of speaking as well as practice exercises after each segment so you can practice what you've learned!

This is a GOLD mine of information and an ABSOLUTE MUST for learners who have some Irish, but are looking to get more in order to obtain a measure of conversational fluency.
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The DVD is all Irish with no option for subtitles. It provides 2 hours of listening to a wide range of speakers to tune your ear to recognizing Irish in a variety of settings and dialects. The book provides guidance on how to get the most out of the DVD and some extra information on the language itself. The interviews are transcribed in both Irish and English so you do get some reading practice. The exercises in the book for each segment are brief. The book and DVD provide a good supplement to a more complete course, but does not stand alone. If you are following another course such as Progress in Irish, Buntus Cainte this is a good next step once your well acquainted with the language.
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What a delightful, well-produced and useful piece of work this book/DVD is! I was pleasantly surprised by just how very useful it turned out to be. The interviews on the DVD are fascinating in that they involve interesting, articulate people speaking naturally and unaffectedly, in Irish, on a wide variety of subjects. With the inclusion of speakers of Irish sign language as well as hearing respondents from very different walks of life, and speaking various Irish dialects, this DVD provides a valuable picture of linguistic and cultural diversity among modern gaelgeori.
I would rarely go so far as to give a product 5 stars but I felt that this book/DVD is exactly right for people who have some Irish and who want to improve aural comprehension using authentic materials. The book provides transcripts, translations at the back and just enough information to be helpful without swamping the student or blocking discovery. I would like to wish a hearty "comhghairdeas" and extend a heartfelt "go raibh maith agaibh" to everyone involved in the production of this wonderful resource. Well done!
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Just FYI, you *can* purchase this through the kindle or iphone application, but you only receive the printed book. You do not receive any kind of video or audio clips.
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I have been studying Irish for over twenty years, but when my church imported a choir director from Ireland and I attempted to communicate in my very basic schoolbook Irish, I was quickly frustrated that I couldn't understand everything he was saying. This book with DVD is an enormous help in this regard. It also familiarizes the student with a wide variety of dialects and colloquial expressions, so important to understanding spoken Irish. I HIGHLY recommend it!!
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For many learners of Irish, especially overseas, understanding a native speaker speaking natural, dialectal Irish at conversational speeds is nearly impossible. After nearly 15 years of learning Irish this DVD and book brought me to the point where I can understand almost everything said by almost any speaker. It does assume you have good familiarity with the language already, and is not meant for beginners, but once your Irish is good enough to make sense of a written text you need to try this book and DVD.
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