Hello all. I am new to this but have always enjoyed the music. Some of the CDs I have has songs in gaelic and I have always wanted to try to start learning some gaelic but have never taken the time. Any suggestions on how to start or where to go? I need to keep it simple for now, I have trouble enough with my "country" english. Thanks.
I have some few suggestions of learning but keeping it simple is my motto. Start off by using simple greetings and simple answers: Like Is ea(Pronounced: Esh e)short e, which would the english word (Yes) and then the word: Ni hea(Pronounced: Knee hair) not so much emphasis on the ending r though even though there is no r spelling it is there but there is a noticeable slight r however. Phrases like "Thank You) in Irish would be ( go raibh maith agat) which would be pronounced: Go Ra Ma Hath; as close as I can get it. Your welcome, would be: Ta Failte romhat; as close to pronouncing, (Ta Faltsa Rotht) not so much emphasis on the t though.
I am still in the learning process myself, I have found in my own experience comparing between English and Gaelic, that in English my tongue is more relaxed, but in Gaelic the tip of my tongue gets a work out.
Oh and I almost forgot the simple greetings, Hello, Good morning, good evening, and good night. Hello is: Dia duit pronounced(dia wutz), Good morning: Dia duit ar maidin pronounced(dia wutzar mardsen) not so much emphasis on the r though. Good Evening: Trathnona maith agat, pronounced(Tra nona ma hath), Good Night: Oiche mhaith pronounced( E O Wah).
People wishing to try and learn some Irish Gaelic could try the BBC website www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/colinandcumberland There is a joint venture between the BBC in N. Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The same format applies for each of the languages on offer, ie Irish Gaelic, Scots Gaelic and Welsh.