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Irish 102: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

Find out how to speak, write and understand basic words, phrases and dialogues in Irish.

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Irish 102: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture
  • Duration4 weeks
  • Weekly study4 hours
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Develop your knowledge of the basics of the Irish language

Ireland is home to one of the oldest living languages in Europe.

This course follows the course Irish 101: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture.

On this course, you’ll improve your understanding of basic spoken words, phrases and dialogues in Irish.

You’ll learn how to discuss the weather, tell the time and expand your language awareness.

You’ll explore the vibrant culture of Ireland, by learning about Irish place-names, the Irish calendar, traditional festivals and the fusion of art, language and culture.

Bígí linn – join us!

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Beannachtaí, An Aimsir & Teanga/Greetings, Weather & Language

    • Fáilte chuig an gCúrsa/Welcome to the Course

      Fáilte/Welcome to the first week of Irish 102!

    • Beannachtaí/Greetings

      We will remind you how to introduce yourself and talk about where you come from.

    • Athbheochan Teanga agus an Cló Gaelach/Language Revival and the Gaelic Script

      We will learn about the work of Conradh na Gaeilge in Irish language revival, and the history of the Gaelic script.

    • Pointe Gramadaí/Grammar Point

      Let's take some time to discuss grammar.

    • An Aimsir/The Weather

      We will learn all about how to describe the weather.

    • Súil siar ar an tSeachtain/Review of the Week

      A revision of this week's activities.

  • Week 2

    An Féilire & Féilte/The Calendar & Festivals

    • Fáilte/Welcome

      Welcome to week two of Irish 102.

    • Plé agus Tacaíocht/Discussion and Support

      We will support each others learning.

    • An Féilire/The Calendar

      We will learn about the Irish calendar.

    • Laethanta na Seachtaine/Days of the Week

      We will learn about days of the week.

    • An Stoidiaca agus Féilte/The Zodiac and Festivals

      We will learn all about the stars and important days in Irish life.

    • Súil siar ar an tSeachtain/Review of the Week

      A revision of the activities we have learned this week.

  • Week 3

    An Corp, Dathanna, & Éadaí/The Body, Colours, & Clothes

    • Fáilte/Welcome

      Welcome to week three of Irish 102.

    • An Corp/The Body

      We will learn about the body.

    • Dathanna/Colours

      We will learn all about colours.

    • Éadaí/Clothes

      We will now learn about clothes.

    • Ealaín/Art

      We will discuss Irish art and the role of art in culture.

    • Súil siar ar an tSeachtain/Review of the Week

      A review of what we have discovered this week.

  • Week 4

    Am, Bia & Deoch/Time, Food & Drink

    • Fáilte/Welcome

      Welcome to week four of Irish 102.

    • Plé agus Tacaíocht/Discussion and Support

      Let's talk about our learning.

    • An Clog/The Clock

      We will learn about how to talk about the time and read the clock.

    • Am Tae!/Tea time!

      This is a short reflective activity.

    • Bia agus Deoch/Food and Drink

      We will discuss and learn all about food and drink.

    • Súil siar ar an tSeachtain/Review of the Week

      A review of the week and the course.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Engage with the Irish language through culture
  • Explore Irish script and the use of An Cló Gaelach in manuscripts and printed literature
  • Reflect on greetings and blessings in the Irish language
  • Describe the weather in its many forms
  • Explore the fusion of culture and language in the calendar, days of the week and seasons
  • Discuss what clothes you wear, food you eat and what you drink
  • Compare clothes and colours
  • Debate art as a product of language and culture
  • Describe the time and arrange to meet a friend

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone interested in Irish language and culture.

Who will you learn with?

Ollamh le Gaeilge in DCU. Eochair do chultúr agus d'oidhreacht na tíre í an Ghaeilge, dar liom.
Professor of Irish in DCU. I believe that Irish is a key to the culture and heritage of Ireland.

I am a researcher and doctoral candidate interested in how and why students learn the Irish language. I enjoy supporting students in the learning of Irish and its many cultural facets.

I am an educator, senior project manager & lecture through Irish in Dublin City University. I enjoy helping learners, learn online, speak Irish & discover the rich culture woven through the language.

Associate Professor and Senior Researcher in Dublin City University. Head of the Ideas Lab in the National Institute for Digital Learning@DCU - @1MNGM

Who developed the course?

Dublin City University

Dublin City University is a young, dynamic and ambitious Irish university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation.

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