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Irish 103: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

Learn to talk about occupations, daily life and personal skills in this third introductory course on the Irish language.

9,016 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

Develop your understanding of Irish language and culture

On this course, you will develop your written and spoken understanding of basic words and phrases about yourself, occupations, daily routines, shopping, and skills and abilities.

You will learn about the cultural system of the Celts and ancient Irish people, and experience the importance of storytelling and singing within Irish culture and language.

This course follows Irish 102: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture.

Join now to discover the links between Irish language and contemporary Irish culture and society.

Bígí linn – join us!

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to the Irish language
  • Introducing and describing yourself
  • Action verbs
  • The present tense
  • Talk about your daily routine
  • Traditional occupations and their link to the language
  • Ancient Ireland and Celtic society
  • The importance & role of the arts in Celtic and contemporary society
  • Describe going shopping and how to ask for what you want
  • Counting
  • Storytelling in Irish, myths and sagas
  • Talking about skills and abilities

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Engage with the Irish language through culture
  • Discuss occupations, skills and abilities, daily routines and going shopping
  • Engage with Irish mythical stories and sagas
  • Explore the social structure of ancient Ireland under the Celts and the important role placed on the arts
  • Discuss and describe details regarding yourself
  • Identify basic grammatical concepts

Who is the course for?

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

This course follows Irish 102: An Introduction to 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.

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

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.

I am a designer and doctoral candidate working to better understand the motivations and self-concepts of those learning Irish. I enjoy helping learners explore both these themes and our language.

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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Learning on FutureLearn

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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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