Speak Irish Now is designed to get you speaking Irish quickly and effectively, even if you have little or no experience with foreign languages. With over 200 short and powerful lessons, Speak Irish Now will teach you the building blocks of Irish, and can be used for both self-study and group-study.
- clear and friendly explanations
- focused lessons to encourage regular study, even if you have little time
- phonetics, to get you speaking right away
- hundreds of examples
- two glossaries (Irish to English & English to Irish)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 only because there's no "author's background" in the book, not one word or sentence, much less a small paragraph, but okay, that's fine. The next thing I noticed is the phonetic pronunciation ghitch for the word "duit" as in "Dia dhuit". They mis-spell dhuit as duit throughout the book, which makes me question their background with the Irish language, or maybe it was simply a lack of proof reading or just a mistake? but okay, no big deal there, either, not really, especially for absolute beginners. What I *do* like is: This book is big, easy to read and has over 450 pages of very useful information, and the actual pronunciation phonetics (for American readers) is really the best that's out there on the market as far as I am aware. Again Caveat .... get a dictionary or use an online dictionary and maybe get a few other Irish Language books just to contrast and compare the pronunciations, spellings etc. This book WILL get you up and running with the language and would be great in a kind of ad hoc quiet library group "room" for a few people to come together and go through this book and practice the exercises together on a weekly or bi-weekly basis (preferably a few times a week, because language learning is like exercising or anything else, the more you do it, the better. Of course there are more serious books and grammars etc, but this book is a GREAT book to start with for American learners of the Irish Language (Gaeilge). I am just really curious about the background of the authors. Oh and they have youtube videos as well!