Why I am ‘(re-)Learning’ Irish 15 Years after ‘Studying’ it at School
So why learn Irish now?
Having learnt a large number of languages since leaving school, it feels like an anomaly not being able to speak any of the first language that I was taught in school. I want to apply my experience in language learning that I’ve amassed in the last decade to Irish and test how difficult learning it as an adult really is. At a minimum I want to gain the capacity to comfortably converse in Irish on topics that are of interest to me.
How will I be learning Irish?
As I describe in the video at the beginning of this article, I will be speaking twice a week via Skype with a tutor, Shona, that I found on italki so that I can direct the learning towards topics that I am interested most in (e.g. travel, work and languages). I’ll also be testing the Irish-language platform, Ranganna, as well as, several leading smartphone apps (Duolingo and Memrise) to see how useful they are for the Irish language. Most importantly I’m hoping to make contact with as many enthusiastic Irish speakers either online or in the flesh in order to apply the language to real life situations as I’m learning it.