(Irish Grammar Cracker)

Fáilte isteach!

Welcome to Teangaleanga–an Irish island paradise for learners!
Teangaleanga is a coined Irish word. ‘Teanga’ [t΄aŋgə] means ‘tongue' or 'language’, and ‘leanga’ [l΄aŋgə] is its echo. As a mnemonic aid, think of doing the tango while langered.
For beginners, this is the best place to start because an experienced teacher will put you on the right track from the outset.
For those who have tried to learn the language, but have stopped, this is your refuge from the prolonged dialectal donnybrook you might have witnessed till now. Explore what we have to offer and perhaps you’ll see why learning Irish can actually be simple and stress-free. (Without Teangaleanga, typical errors such as the misspellings in the phone directory at right are made. Correct forms are 'Ard-Scoil na nDéise' and 'Ard-Scoil na Tríonóide'.)

Q:    Why do you call it Irish? I thought it was called Gaelic.

A:    It’s called Irish because the language originated with the Irish, and is spoken on the island of Ireland.

Q:    Is it correct to call it Irish Gaelic?

A:    No. It would be like using the term English Germanic for Béarla [b΄e:rlə].

Q:    Why do so many Irish not use it as an everyday language?

A:    The main reason is that Ireland's hierarchy and the Sasanach government worked hand in glove in trying to eliminate it
during the 19th century.

Q:    Is there a standard Irish?

A:    Yes, but officially it’s only the written form. There is, however, lárchanúint (middle dialect) that was formulated for the 1986 Foclóir Póca. The pronunciation in this dictionary is still used today as the standard for learners of spoken Irish.

Q:    Should I still learn Irish from any of the books that are widely available?

A:    Yes, but only if they use a standard pronunciation based generally on the phonetics given in Foclóir Póca. You can, of course, learn from books that teach dialectal Irish but it can cause confusion when it comes to writing in the standardized spelling. Furthermore, the difference in pronunciation between the dialect and the standard can cause a delay in advancing in the language.

Q:    Is the language difficult to learn?

A:   No. In the degree of difficulty for a Béarlóir, it would be on a par with German.

Q:    Why has there been so little publicity about it till now?

A:    The reason you haven't heard much about the language till now is that a large segment of the Irish people were either poorly taught or brainwashed against it, or both.  

Q:    Are there many people I can speak Irish with who appreciate the wit and sophistication of the language?

A:    Yes. This past decade has seen a substantial increase in the number of people from all over the world who have discovered Ireland's emerald language. 

Q:    What's the best approach to learning the language?

A:    Teangaleanga.com. It’s been a long time coming but it has finally arrived to guide you on your path to fluency.  

Q:    What can it offer me that I can’t find anywhere else?

A:    Insight into how to learn a language in as efficient a way as possible.
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