Apr 29 2008

How Do You Say “shame” As Gaeilge?

Published by at 11:36 am under Blog

Oh the shame. The shame of it all. I’m an Irishman through and through, I love my country, I am proud of our fair nation, I adore our flag (ok, I have a passing interest in the tricolour, but I have a theme going, so let’s not ruin it), I rejoice on our patron saints day and I drink the black stuff like it’s manna from heaven…and yet, I cannot speak our language.

I’m embarrassed every time I go to the shop to buy milk, and struggle to muster “bainne”, I near tears as I queue for tickets at the train station and am unable to form a sentence beyond “ticéad Na Clocha Liatha”, and when I am in the pub and I hear all the people around me actively engaged in conversations as gaeilge, I weep inside. How come everyone in this country can speak Irish except me?

Well, I’ve decided to correct this egregious error on my part and get some Irish lessons. On and off over the past few years, I’ve picked up books and tapes and CD’s on learning Irish and I usually lose interest fairly quickly. Well, this time I’m sticking with it (maybe).

I’m looking at a few classes at the moment, but if anyone knows of some course that would be worth doing, let me know. GaelChultúr.com have a class running from May 26th, which looks good.

So wish me luck and I may even start using Firefox as gaeilge.

11 responses so far

11 Responses to “How Do You Say “shame” As Gaeilge?”

  1. aonghuson 29 Apr 2008 at 12:12 pm

    As Des Bishop might say, Immersion, Immersion, Immersion!

    Firefox as gaeilge would be a good start – the ispell in Irish is a great help too.

    Go néirí go seoigh leat, agus ná bíodh náire ort!

  2. Darrenon 29 Apr 2008 at 12:29 pm

    @Aonghus Go raibh maith agat faoi do chuidiúsa (??). And thanks for your support also!

  3. Grannymaron 29 Apr 2008 at 12:41 pm

    I struggled with Irish all my days, so I wish you well with this venture.

  4. Darren.. tooon 29 Apr 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Free online Irish language course, from the Des Bishop series.


  5. Darrenon 29 Apr 2008 at 1:56 pm

    @Grannymar Cheers! Looking forward to getting started.

    @D2 I thought about an online course but I think I’d just let it drop by the wayside just like the books and CD’s in the past. I think I need an actual teacher and class that I feel the need to prepare for each week.

  6. aonghuson 29 Apr 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Go raibh maith agat faoi do chuidiúsa (??).

    Fáilte romhat. Tá an méid a scríobh tú ceart.

  7. Darraghon 29 Apr 2008 at 2:30 pm


  8. Darraghon 29 Apr 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Sorry, sorry, it’s náire, not amadán but náire. (mar a dúirt/scríobh Aonghus roimhe seo)

    I see this is your post ID 100. How close is it to being your 100th actual post?

  9. Darrenon 29 Apr 2008 at 4:44 pm

    @Darragh I’m at 74 so far.

  10. darraghon 29 Apr 2008 at 8:48 pm

    cool mate! You’ll be at the century in no time 😉

    I too will reach that age shortly.

  11. Maryon 30 Apr 2008 at 8:41 am

    Well Done Darren on doing this, let us know how you get on.

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