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Irish 104: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

Learn to talk about arrangements and give commands, whilst discovering the role of women in Irish myths and legends.

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Improve your basic conversational Irish whilst delving into Irish culture

Ireland is home to one of the oldest living languages in Europe. This follows the course Irish 103: 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 make arrangements to meet other people, talk about going on holiday and give commands. You’ll also explore the myths and legends of Ireland and the role of women within these stories.

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
  • Making arrangements to meet other people
  • Introduction to the future tense
  • Asking and answering questions
  • Commands and how to use them in everyday situations
  • Storytelling in Irish, myths and legends
  • Going on holidays
  • The role of women in Irish myths and legends

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Engage with the Irish language through culture
  • Discuss how to make specific arrangements to meet other people
  • Describe going on holidays and answer questions regarding the arrangements
  • Explain and ask questions regarding other peoples holidays and general arrangements
  • Engage with Irish mythical stories and sagas
  • Explore and read about the role of women in Irish myths and legends
  • Identify and use basic grammatical concepts
  • Apply and use commands in different situations

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone, anywhere, who wants to learn Irish. It would also be of use to indigenous learners who wish to recap their language skills.

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.

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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