Win the Gift of Gab this Christmas!

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.

But….

Aran Island Speed Limit Sign

Can you read this? Don't worry, neither can we. Inis Mor, Aran Islands, Co. Galway.

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.

Bitesize Irish Gaelic Logo

Learning Irish bite by bite!

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.

Learn Irish with Eoin Album Cover

The first steps to learning Irish: Bitesize Irish Gaelic's new Irish language album.

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!!

Sláinte!

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12 Responses to “Win the Gift of Gab this Christmas!”

  1. Eoin Bitesize December 11, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    Best of luck to everyone in this competition.

    Tóg go bog é ;) (Take it easy.)

    • Stephanie December 11, 2012 at 8:59 am #

      Thanks Eoin! Love that we have the opportunity to work with you to give this away to our readers!

  2. Fidza Hamdan December 11, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    Craic! :)

    • Stephanie December 13, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

      Our favorite past time in Ireland! Thanks for the entry Fidza!

  3. Joe mcdonnell December 12, 2012 at 6:02 am #

    I would love to learn to speak Irish, I have been looking for years here in the uk to find someone who could teach me but without luck.

    Regards

    Joe

    ERIN GO BRAGH

    • Stephanie December 13, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

      Joe–Bitesize Irish Gaelic has been fantastic for us. Not very many people speaking Irish in western Pennsylvania either. Good luck!

  4. Tari Bramlett December 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    This would be wonderful!! I would Love to be able to speak at least a bit of the language when my daughter and I make our first visit in two years! Merry Christmas to you all!!

    • Stephanie December 13, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

      Merry Christmas Tari! We really wished we would have known a little before our first trip too. Glad you have the chance!

  5. Athena December 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    Sláinte – preferably accompanied by a nice glass of Bushmills!

  6. Lindsay December 23, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    I really like “Fáilte” or “welcome”. I hope I’m welcomed this way when I visit Ireland for my first time in May!

  7. Tari Bramlett December 24, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    “An rud a lionas an tsuil lioann se an croi.” “What fills the eye fills the heart.” And one day my eyes and heart will be Full of Ireland!!
    Merry Christmas again to you all!

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