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Irish 106: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

Delve deeper into Irish language and culture. You’ll explore past and future tenses - plus new subjects, like food and drink.

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Irish 106: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

Immerse yourself in one of Europe’s oldest living languages

This course is an excellent opportunity for you to further expand your knowledge of Irish language and culture.

Building upon Irish 105, you’ll recap what you’ve learnt on our previous beginner courses, before moving to new subjects - such as work, food and drink, and the weekend.

By the end of the course, you’ll have progressed your language skills further and you will be familiar with past and future tenses. You’ll also delve deeper into Irish’s cultural context and its relevance to modern Irish life.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Mo Phost/My Job

    • Fáilte chuig an gCúrsa/Welcome to the Course

      Welcome to the course, where we will further our knowledge of the Irish language and Irish culture.

    • Cúrsaí Oibre/Working

      Let's expand on how to talk about what we do.

    • An dtaitníonn do phost leat?/Do you enjoy your job?

      Let's talk about how to say what we enjoy and dislike about work!

    • Pá Maith/Good Pay

      Money is an important part of any work....

    • Scileanna Oibre/Work Skills

      Let's talk about the skills we use in work....

    • Spotsolas ar an nGaeltacht/Spotlight on the Gaeltacht

      We will explore the Gaeltacht region of Rath Cháirn, in Co. Meath.

    • Fadó in Éirinn/Long ago in Ireland

      Talking about Ireland long ago

    • Súil siar ar an tSeachtain/Review of the Week

      Le déanamh

  • Week 2

    An Deireadh Seachtaine/The Weekend

    • Fáilte/Welcome

      Welcoming learners of Irish 106 to Week 2.

    • Lámh chúnta/A helping hand

      Help and support to learners who start week 2 late.

    • An Deireadh Seachtaine/The Weekend

      Learning about talking about the weekend in Irish.

    • Nótaí Gramadaí/Grammar Notes

      Let's look at some important aspects of Irish grammar.

    • Peann le Pár/Pen to Paper

      We will practise our written Irish.

    • Spotsolas ar an nGaeltacht/Spotlight on the Gaeltacht

      Let's learn more about Baile Ghib, in Co. Meath.

    • Fadó in Éirinn/Long ago in Ireland

      We will learn about different activities enjoyed in Early Irish society.

    • Súil siar ar an tSeachtain/Review of the Week

      Let's revise what we have learned so far.

  • Week 3

    Bia agus Deoch/Food and Drink

    • Fáilte/Welcome

      Welcome to week 3 of Irish 106!

    • Ordaithe agus Bia/Ordering and Food

      We will learn how to order and describe food.

    • Nótaí Gramadaí/Grammar Notes

      We will now turn to look at a specific aspect of grammar.

    • Spotsolas ar an nGaeltacht/Spotlight on the Gaeltacht

      We will visit An Rinn, in Contae Phort Láirge.

    • Fadó, fadó in Éirinn.../In Ireland long, long ago...

      We will learn about drink and food in ancient Ireland.

    • Súil siar ar an tSeachtain/Review of the Week

      Let's revise what we have learned.

  • Week 4

    Sláinte/Health

    • Fáilte/Welcome

      Welcome to week 4 of Irish 106!

    • Plé agus Tacaíocht/Discussion and Support

      Let's help each other!

    • Sláinte agus Tinneas/Health and Sickness

      Let's talk about health!

    • Nótaí Gramadaí/Grammar notes

      We will discuss important grammar raised by this week's themes.

    • Peann le Pár/Pen to Paper

      We will apply what we have learned to written text.

    • Spotsolas ar an nGaeltacht/Spotlight on the Gaeltacht

      We will visit Gaeltacht Mhúscraí, in Co. Cork.

    • Fadó, fadó in Éirinn.../In Ireland long, long ago....

      Health and sickness have always been important, as we will learn here.

    • Súil siar ar an tseachtain/Review of the Week

      We will revise this week, and this 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
  • Explain simple aspects regarding your occupation and work related topics
  • Describe your weekend activities whilst conversing and answering questions
  • Compare and discuss aspects regarding food and drink in social situations
  • Apply and use grammatical concepts in context
  • Develop your spoken skills using the past and future tenses
  • Explore Irish mythology, poetry, music and song
  • Discuss general topics relating to health and illness and how they impact you

Who is the course for?

This course is suited to learners from all over the world, including the Irish diaspora and non-natives with an enthusiasm for Irish culture. It would also be of value to indigenous learners who wish to recap their language skills, or to learn from scratch.

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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