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How Can I Learn to Speak Irish?

In recent times there have been some great strides made in the options available to learn how to speak Irish. Not just in Ireland, but abroad and online also.
There are numerous online resources and classroom opportunities available. Take a look at some of the options we’ve found that may help you get started.

TG4 – TG4 is an Irish speaking TV channel which also has an online presence where you can watch some TV shows live or from their archives.

Radio Failte – An online Irish radio station, which includes Irish learning classes.

Daltai, founded by Ethel Brogan, offers a unique opportunity to partake in Irish immersion programs as well as locate Irish classes in countries around the world such as USA Canada Australia England and more. http://www.daltai.com/classes/

Clo Iar Chonnacht – an Irish music and books publishing company based in Connemara, County Galway.

BabogBaby – “The Irish Speaking Bear Learning Toys” is an example of a creative way people are finding to teach Irish to their children.

Irish “word of the day” on TalkIrish.com

Bitsize Irish Gaelic – An online Irish learning program

A list of Irish media on Wikipedia can be found here.

See my post on The Irish Language


  1. Hello,
    Just found your blog – enjoying it!

    I recently learned that my library offers online access to Mango Language courses, including Irish, so others may want to check into that possibility.

    My 8yo son and I have been taking small bits of the course together – He’s enthusiastic mainly since:

    (A.) He will get a Boy Scouts badge when he learns 30 words of another language, and
    (2.) My telling him that here in NY with the small likelihood of others knowing it, it will essentially be a secret language between us and we can “talk in code.”

    We’ll see how long his enthusiasm lasts, but I am enjoying it!

    Last year Mango offered some free Irish training for St. Pat’s day, perhaps they’ll do it again this year…

    • John
      Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for tip on the online Language courses.
      You’ve had a great idea to keep your son engaged in learning a new language. I hope his enthusiasm continues.
      Thanks for sharing your blog link. I will take some time this evening to browse it more closely.
      Best regards,

  2. I found lessons on Irish on an audio program at my local library. Listening to it was enlightening…but I only retained “Slainte!”

  3. I don’t know the geography of your readers, but the city of Chicago has an Irish heritage center that offers a Irish language class for a reasonable fee. Maybe other cities that are popular with Irish immigrants and expats have a similar institution – particularly Boston and NYC.

    Here’s the link: http://irish-american.org/tradition/language

    • Good info to have John. The readership is primarily USA/Ireland, with plenty of visits from Chicago. I’m sure your link will help someone out. Cheers! Liam