We have a bit of a problem…
We are pretty darn good at the traveling to Ireland thing. We have helped friends, family and complete strangers plan their trips to the great country. We can tell you where to go, what towns to maybe give a miss or spend a little extra time in. We can even tell you some about some extra special amazing attractions.
We can’t pronounce a lick of Irish properly. When you are supposed to be an Ireland expert and you can’t pronounce anything right, you don’t sound very credible. But language is hard and Irish is really hard. It’s not that we haven’t tried, but when all five possible vowels are in a 6 letter word, your guess is as good as mine on how to say it.
We always practice our Irish while in Ireland, learning new words with conversations with locals. But we struggled to do it at home. That is until now…We’ve recently discovered Bitesize Irish Gaelic, an online Irish language school. With their informative blog and free one month course, we really had no excuse not to practice at home and get a better grasp on the language.
Oh my goodness, we learned so much within just the first few lessons. And guess what? It was fun! (Should I mention that we were laughing at how bad we were pronouncing some of these words before?).
I should note here that you don’t need to know Irish before going on your first trip, but if you are going to a Gealtacht (Irish-speaking) area it would be great to be able to say a few key words.
And just in time for Christmas and perhaps your first trip to Ireland in 2013, we have teamed up with Bitesize Irish Gaelic to giveaway their new album to our readers!! The generous team is giving away not one, but 15 lessons all housed on their new album. Yay! Learn Irish with Eoin will teach you all the basics, greetings counting, and more. With this giveaway, you’ll get over 2 hours of language lessons from a native speaker right to your e-mail inbox. It is so informative and helpful, we wish would have had this before our travels. What a great way to prepare!
To enter the contest all you need to do is one of the following: tell us your favorite Irish phrase in the comments, like Infinite Ireland or Bitesize Irish Gaelic on Facebook, or share the giveaway on Twitter. You can do all four and get even more entries to win. All of this is organized by the form below so don’t forget to check the boxes to win.
Need some help with your favorite Irish phrase? Bitesize Irish Gaelic has a list of a few fun phrases here. Our favorite is Sláinte, pronounced SLAHN-cheh, an Irish toast meaning health to you.
The enter today and every day until December 24. Good luck!!