Teach Yourself Irish Complete Course is an easy to use program for learning on your own, or can be used as supplemental material for your classes These new editions have been thoroughly revised and updated to include extra listening material along with the engaging dialogues and helpful exercises you have come to expect from the Teach Yourself series....
|Title||:||Teach Yourself Irish: A Complete Course in Understanding, Speaking and Writing (Teach Yourself (NTC))|
|Publisher||:||McGraw Hill Companies 1 September 2002|
|Number of Pages||:||320 Seiten|
|File Size||:||886 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Teach Yourself Irish: A Complete Course in Understanding, Speaking and Writing (Teach Yourself (NTC)) Reviews
Das Buch bietet einen Einstieg in die irische Sprache. Für Ausländer ist das Buch geeignet, weil Standard-Irisch und nicht eine örtliche Mundart mit allen Besonderheiten vermittelt wird.
From what I have seen, this is the best all around course on Irish language there is. I bought it awhile ago and was impressed with its comprehensive compilation. Remember, study everyday for a short period, Irish is hard to learn and easy to forget so it takes constant study.A warning to the learner, Irish has a number of dialects, some of them are mutually unintelligable such as the Ulster and Connacht dialects. Don't be discuraged when you come across someone who speaks a different dialect and either A) they can't understand you B) they tell you you're pronouncing it wrong or C) both A and B. Irish people are extremely proud of the dialect they speak (if they do indeed speak Irish) since it's unalterably linked to the land and they are quite convinced that they speak the language the only correct way it can be spoken.
I think there's lot of space for fonetics, that can be interesting if you want to know how every letter is pronounced, but is useless for a quick fluency.At hte end of thirty lessons you should be able to cope with very demanding texts, but only in theory, I'm afraid.It's a pity there is no new edition of Teaching yourself Irish by Myles Dillon and Dònncha ò Cròinìn.It was based on Munster dialect, but it was clear, full of vocabulary and with the possibility of having two long-playing records with it (!).This one is based on standard Irish, a language that nobody seriously speaks; I thik this is a drawback ( for reference of various dialects, the best remains Now You're talking- in videotapes- I'm not sure that Amazon.com offers it.
In this review I'll try to explaina. why I think Irish is a wonderful language that I wish everyone would learn.b. why this book is the worst book on the marketa. The Irish LanguageIrish is a Celtic language. It is almost identical to Scottish Gaelic and Manx Gaelic and once you speak Irish you will have no problem reading Scottish Gaelic although the pronunciation is somewhat harder. Still, these three language are very close to one another and share a common history. Irish is also related to Welsh, Breton and Cornish but much more distantly. Irish isn't closer to any of those languages than English is to German... In other words, don't expect any mutual intelligibility.For most of its history, Irish was the main language of the all Ireland. If your ancestors left Ireland in the 19th century, as so many did, it is very probable that their language was Irish. If they left before the 19th century it is almost certain. In the late 19th century English began to replace Irish quite rapidly in most of Ireland but to this day Irish remains a living language in areas on the Atlantic coast. There are Gaeltachtaí (Irish-speaking areas) in six Irish counties today (Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Meath, Kerry, Cork and Waterford). No-where is the traditional Irish way of life so very much alive as in the Gaeltacht-areas. Hardly surprising, the areas which has remained true to the Irish language have also preserved most its culture - and it's a fabulous culture. The literature written in Irish is already over 1000 years old and to this day it expands. In fact, it has been growing stronger over the last fifty years and a large number of excellent books have been written. I could write a long list, but I'll mention the likes of Máirtín Ó Direáin, Muiris Ó Súilleabháin, Máire Mac an tSaoi, Séamus Ó Ríordáin, Máirtín Ó Cadhain and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.I've lived in the Gaeltacht myself and I speak fluent Irish. The Irish are always friendly but I can promise you that by speaking their language you have really made a lasting impression and made yourself many new friends. The Irish language is also the key to everyday life in the Gaeltacht since everything is conducted through the medium of Irish there. Life in the Gaeltacht is absolutely wonderful and the "craic" (talk) is great. In fact, Irish even has a word, bothántaíocht, which means "visiting your neighbours at evening to talk".b. Teach Yourself IrishIf you are not serious about learning Irish you would waste your money on this course. There are lots of much cheaper phrase-books on the market. They won't teach you much, but you will learn some everyday phrases.However, if you are serious about learning the language this course is a disaster.- It is poorly organised. The grammar is presented in a very random way and you will have to jump from chapter to chapter to learn points of grammar since one piece of grammar can be split up between many chapters.- It does not take you that far. It says "explore the language in depth" but that is something written on the cover of every new Teach Yourself book. It is true for some of the courses but definitely not for this one. You will have learned a basic vocabulary and some grammar by the end of this book, but you will be far from competent in Irish. Other courses take you much further.- The language used in the course. Irish is divided into three dialects as well as a standard dialect. Amazingly, this course is not based on any of these. Rather, it takes some aspects from one dialect, some from another dialect and some from the standard language. True enough, Irish speakers will understand you but you will sound very strange - not unlike a foreigner speaking English mixing Oxford English, Texas English and Cockney.- The pronunciation on the CDs. I've never heard a more stilted pronunciation in my life (and I've heard lots and lots of Irish). If you use this pronunciation you will be understood (altough those to whom you speak will be confused) but you yourself will not understand what you hear. Spoken Irish isn't anything near the pronunciation given here.My recommendation is that you look up the excellent course "Learning Irish" here at Amazon. I've written a review of that course too, so I won't repeat myself except from saying that it is superior in every possible way.(This review is based on the newest version of Teach Yourself Irish, 2004. The earlier edition is identical except from the cover and some web-sites.)
I try to be able to say at least 'thank you' and pick the right door at the public toilets when I visit another country. If you want to quickly learn priority phrases and vocabulary for your visit to Ireland, well . . . this is THE WORST program I've ever found!First: You can't use it in the car (which is the only place many of us have time to work on a language). Example: Early on, you're asked to listen to a dictation (untranslated), write down the words and check your spelling with the book.There are a lot of dialogues (also untranslated), to which you're asked to listen, and answer questions (in English) to test your comprehension (e.g., "Which one is the teacher?") But they don't first introduce the word "teacher" -- and besides, why do you care? Is "teacher" one of the first 25 words you need to learn in Irish? After 45 minutes of listening, I don't recall practicing the words for "yes," "no," "thank you," "good morning" . . . they're buried in the dialogues, but it's a secret. At other times, you're asked to first say a word yourself, in Irish (which hasn't been introduced on the recording yet)-- and then check yourself against the speaker. (Additionally, I thought the voice of the English-speaking 'guide' was louder -- and the voices of the Irish speakers were less audible and clear.)There are much better products out there . . . I misplaced my original Irish tapes, and bought this as a replacement (thinking it was the same one) to brush up. Complete waste -- verging on humorous.