“Go raibh mile maith agaibh” (a thousand thanks) to everyone who has joined the Arlington MeetUp group over the past three sessions. The turnout has been spectacular, and it has been a pleasure to work with so many individuals dedicated to learning the Irish language. Moving forward, I will post updates on this site regarding various housekeeping items.
First, the next Arlington MeetUp will take place on Monday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. We will enjoy friendly conversation and cover Buntús Cainte, chapters 9 through 12. Please feel free to purchase a copy of the book from IrishIsFun.com. If you are unable to purchase a copy or waiting for it to arrive via post, please leave a comment when you RSVP and I will send you materials via email. This MeetUp takes place on the first and third Monday of each month.
Next, there is interest in starting another MeetUp group that meets in or closer to Maryland. If you are interested in helping to run this group, or are just interested in attending, please send us a message and let us know what role you can play. If someone is willing to organize and enough people are interested, we will post the details here and on the MeetUp site.
There is also interest in forming a Skype voice-chat group, for those who are not able to attend the MeetUps in person. There are already two members willing to host the chats, so please make contact if you are interested. Please feel free to suggest times and days that work best with your schedule.
Finally, we have discussed some great Irish learning resources at our meetings. I want to share a list and links to some of these materials that you can use to practice on your own. Feel free to use the Irish you’ve learned at the next MeetUp!
- Now You’re Talking is a 28-part TV series that teaches beginner’s Irish in the Ulster dialect. Each 30 minute episode covers essential conversational Irish. You’ll be ready to converse like a pro at the next MeetUp! It’s free to watch on YouTube.
- Raidió Fáilte is an Irish language radio station based in Belfast. The Irish is usually spoken at a slower pace than RTÉ’s Raidió na Gaeltachta, so it is ideal for beginners and intermediate speakers. For newer beginners, the site offers audio for the first 20 chapters of Buntús Cainte for free.
- Interested in watching Irish language television (with English subtitles!)? Check out TG4, which has tons of dramas, documentaries, talk shows, news broadcasts, and more.
- Finally, some members were asking about the book David and I have been using for independent study. It is called “Spoken World Irish,” and the pack includes a text and 6 audio CDs. It is available at IrishIsFun.com for those who are interested.
As always, thank you so much for your participation in the group! We all learn more quickly and have a lot more fun when there are others to practice with. See you at the next meeting!