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Teach Yourself Irish: A Complete Course for Beginners

by Diarmuid O Se, Joseph Sheils

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Not knowing much else about Irish, it's difficult for me to judge how well Ó Sé and Sheils cover the subject. I thought it was a decent and mostly engaging course of 21 lessons, and can only blame myself for the long time it took me to get through the final two, on the conditional and past habitual. (I turned to the BBC to keep my momentum going.) It is a bit irritatingly scrappy in places - answers which don't match the exercises, illustrations which are too blurry or small to read, glossary which isn't enough to match the lesson (you need to buy a separate dictionary as well). I could have done with more drilling on the basics (though outside a classroom environment I suppose again I have only myself to blame) and still feel very shaky indeed on the personal forms of prepositions (which should have been indexed or consolidated in one of the appendices) or on the questions of eclipsis and lenition (the modification of the first letter of the word, if it is b, c, d, f, g, m, p, s or t, depending on context). But at least I know the issues and have a place to look them up. ( )
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This course in spoken and written Irish for beginners is based on the functional objectives of the Council of Europe. It uses everyday situations for dialogues and exercises which put the emphasis on practical use of the language. A mix of cultural aspects are used as a vehicle for learning. The complete course includes a C90 audio cassette.

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