Quite often you hear people say “Sorry, I don’t speak Irish” or “I’ve forgotten all my Irish” but the fact is anyone who was schooled in Ireland has an Ghaeilge dormant within them. It just requires a little tweaking to get you using your Irish again. It’s fun! While we were taught Irish in school in the skills of reading, writing, comprehension and speech we were never really taught the skill of usage! It is getting easier, in a digital age, to re-learn and use Irish. Many varied language support resources are available now in the digital world. Dictionaries are available and some give an aural representation of the words. Have a look at www.tearma.ie, www.abair.ie , or an Foclóir Beag to name but a few and they will whet your appetite for re-learning. Websites like www.tuairisc.ie give an opportunity of practising reading in Irish. For anyone preparing for an Irish exam at second or third-level online resources are a significant linguistic help. Test your “forgotten” Irish here and if you get stuck, fall back on the resources by clicking on the links above:
Tá Gaeilge agam. D’fhoghlaim mé í ar scoil. Feicim í gach lá timpeall orm i bhfógraí, ar shiopaí, ar chláracha teilifíse. Go deimhin, cloisim í ar shráideanna na Gaillimhe. Céard is féidir liomsa a dhéanamh le leas a bhaint as mo chuid Gaeilge? Is féídir liom í a scríobh i téacs, ríomhphost, ag blagáíl nó ag scríobh litreach. Is féidir liom cleachtadh cluaise a dhéanamh tré éísteacht le Raidió na Gaeltachta nó TG4.
How did you do? Told ya….it’s in there.
Knocknacarra and Bearna as communities are coming together to prepare a language plan or strategy for Irish over the coming weeks or months. We want to hear from you! Your suggestions, aspirations, skills and talents all of which could be brought to bear of making an Ghaeilge a fun way of generating dynamic community development. Gaeltacht areas have now been given the designation of limistéirí pleanála teanga and have been divided up into 27 LPTs or zones. Knocknacarra/Bearna is one such zone and overtime we hope to pool the talents, expertise, and skills of the community for the betterment of Irish itself. Please get in touch with your imaginative ideas, suggestions for services required, activities you would like to see in the community. Ask yourself “What can I bring to the an Ghaeilge table?” Send all you ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tús maith, leath na hoibre!