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Welcome to Aontú le Gaeilge! Here you can find a list of free or high value resources to help you to learn Irish. Please join our community on Facebook as well.

RESOURCES FOR LEARNING IRISH
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Duolingo, the free Duolingo Irish language course.

Oideas Gael an adult Irish language course in Ireland.

Raidió na Gaeltachta, Raidió na Life and TG4 are great to listen to and learn from.

Tuairisc.ie is an Irish news website.

Buntús Cainte is a great series for conversation, in standard Irish read by native Connacht speakers.

https://thegeekygaeilgeoir.wordpress.com/tag/buntus-cainte/

Gaeilge gan Stró:

One of the best standard Irish grammar-based textbooks at the moment, it contains native audio from all three major dialects.

Be sure to take a look at their website and their online courses at ranganna.com before buying the text. There is a free placement test for their courses that is worth taking periodically to test your ability in Irish (hopefully it will progress over time!)

Teach Yourself Complete Irish by Diarmuid Ó Sé:
Better as a revision or supplementary text book. Progress is a little piecemeal and disjointed. The explanations are however excellent and can fill in the gaps left by other courses.

Conradh na Gaeilge https://www.facebook.com/CnaGaeilge

Adopt an Irish word! http://www.manchan.com/

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ONLINE DICTIONARIES:

An Foclóir Nua Béarla-Gaeilge is an excellent learning resource that comes with sound files, www.focloir.ie

Comprehensive Irish-English Dictionary with sound files:
Teanglann – Fóclóir Gaeilge-Béarla (FGB) (Ó Dónaill) (www.teanglann.ie)

These dictionaries can also be gotten as apps, but the web results seem to be better overall.

More technical words can be found in An Bunachar Náisiúnta Téarmaíochta don Ghaeilge The National Terminology Database for Irish (www.tearma.ie)

The Placename for Ireland offers many fascinating insights into our culture and heritage:
Bunachar Logainmneacha na hÉireann, The Placenames Database of Ireland
(www.logainm.ie)

The surname dictionary Sloinne
www.sloinne.ie

A digital dictionary of medieval Irish:
The electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language (eDIL) (www.dil.ie)
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CORPUSES:
(Databases of sentences written by Irish speakers, usually from reliable sources)

You can perform a kind of “reverse search” for Irish words using the browser version of An Foclóir Nua Béarla-Gaeilge The New English-Irish Dictionary (NEID) (Fóras na Gaeilge)
www.focloir.ie and http://corpas.focloir.ie/

Other corpuses:
Corpas na Gaeilge Comhaimseartha
Corpus of Contemporary Irish

(https://www.gaois.ie/ga/corpora/monolingual/)

Pota Focal
A Pot of Words

(http://www.potafocal.com/)
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PRONUNCIATION:

Recordings of native speakers in the three major dialects:
Teanglann – Bunachar Foghraíochta
Pronunciation Database

(https://www.teanglann.ie/en/fuaim/)

Fuaimeanna na Gaeilge
(http://fuaimeanna.ie/en/Recordings.aspx)

Computer-generated synthetic pronunciations (Good for Gaoth Dobhair accent, not so good for Conamara or Dingle):
Abair
(https://www.abair.tcd.ie/en/)

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GRAMMAR:

Comprehensive overview of Irish Grammar (also available in German):
Gramadach na Gaeilge
(http://nualeargais.ie/gnag/gramadac.htm)

Verb conjugations and noun and adjective declensions:
Teanglann – AN DRAOI GRAMADAÍ
Grammar Wizard

(https://www.teanglann.ie/en/gram/)

A country’s language is one of its most vital natural resources, acting as the foundation of its heritage, arts, poetry and writing, and the lifeblood of its culture. This is particularly true for Ireland, which has a rich oral tradition intertwined with the landscape, or loganimeacha. It is an important part of our identity.

As Pádraig Pearse declared, “a country without a language is a country without a soul” or in Irish, “tír gan teanga, tír gan anam,” and there’s a lot of truth to that.

So to help establish our commitment to the revitalisation of our beautiful national language, we have put together a list of free and high value resources to help you turn your cúpla focal into fully conversational Irish. We’ll be updating this facebook page regularly with phrases in Irish and English, beginner level grammar, old Irish sayings or seanfhocail, and many other subjects, focusing on community interaction.

Please share and enjoy!

Tá teanga dhúchais na tíre ar cheann de na hacmhainní nádúrtha is tábhachtaí dá bhfuil ann. Feidhmíonn sí mar bhunchloch le haghaidh oidhreacht ealaíon, filíocht agus scríbhneoireacht na tíre, agus tá sí i gcroílár a cultúir dhúchais. Is amhlaidh atá sé seo in Éirinn ach go háirithe, tír a bhfuil traidisiún béil saibhir atá fite fuaite leis an tírdhreach tríd na logainmneacha. Is cuid lárnach í dár bhféiniúlacht.

Faoi mar a dúirt Pádraig Mac Piarais, “Tír gan teanga, Tír gan anam”, agus tá neart fírinne sa ráiteas sin.

Sin uilig ráite, chun cabhrú lenár n-iarrachtaí chun ár dteanga náisiúnta álainn a athbheochan, tá liosta curtha le chéile againn d’acmhainní foghlama atá saor in aisce a chabhróidh leatsa do chuid Gaeilge a úsáid níos minice. Beidh muod ag uasdátú an leathanaigh Facebook seo go mion minic le frásaí as Béarla agus as Gaeilge, bunghramadach na Gaeilge, seanfhocail, agus go leor ábhar eile, ag díriú ar idirghníomhnú pobail.

Roinnigí le bhur dtoil agus bainigí taitneamh as!


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