- Series: Spoken World
- Publisher: Living Language; Com/Pap Bl edition (April 28, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400024579
- ISBN-13: 978-1400024575
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spoken World: Irish (Book & CDs) Com/Pap Bl Edition
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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.Read more ›
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  etc.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Glen
Pretty pleased with this set overall so far. My only complaint is that in the accompanying book, the dialogues are very complex right from the get-go and get progressively more so... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mr. Impossible
This is a very useful set as a supplement to a class, with both audio and written components.Published 15 months ago by Dessie
Came in reasonable amount of time but no cd or order sheet as with most packagesPublished 17 months ago by g.welin
Irish Gaelic is a difficult language to understand, speak, and especially read. My grandfather started teaching me Gaelic when I was a child during summer vacations (We both lived... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Stanley Ogozelec