Easy, you say?

Gerry McBride‏ writes:

So listen, I want to tell you about this taxi driver I met yesterday morning.

We got chatting about writing and the like, and he told me that he’d written a book.

It’s aimed at young people, or indeed anyone who wants to be able to speak a bit of Irish, and is called ‘The Easy Way To Speak Irish‘.

He gave me a copy, and it’s a charming little book which teaches Irish pronunciations phonetically rather than drilling you like school.

You can order a copy if you know someone who could use a hand with Irish. If you have kids who are struggling with Irish at school, it could be a huge help to them.

The Easy Way To Speak Irish

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27 thoughts on “Tuig Life

  1. Bertie "the inexplicable pleasure" Blenkinsop

    I would like to purchase the book and with a child going into senior infants it would be very useful but that “so listen” introduction has filled me with murderous rage.

    1. Brother Barnabas

      Could everyone please reply to EVERY comment Bertie makes with a response beginning “So listen”

      1. bertie "The Inexplicable Pleasure" blenkinsop

        Only if everyone responds to everything you say with “Welcome back Mani” :)

        1. mildred st. meadowlark

          So listen Bert, I wanted to talk to you about meeting up for a drink… ;p

  2. ahjayzis

    The cover depicts the child holding the book the cover of which depicts the child holding the book the cover of which depicts the child holding the book, the cover of which depicts the child holding the book…

    I understand learning Irish is hard but WITCHCRAFT IS WRONG!

    1. paul

      Yusuf: Brain function in the book will be about twenty times to normal. When you enter an Irish language book within that Irish language book, the effect is compounded: it’s three Irish language books, that’s ten hours times twen…
      Eames: I’m sorry, uh, maths was never my strong subject. How much time is that?
      Cobb: It’s a week the first level down. Six months the second level down, and… the third level…
      Ariadne: …is ten years! Who would wanna be stuck in an Irish language book for ten years?
      Yusuf: Depends on the edition.

    2. Bertie "the inexplicable pleasure" Blenkinsop

      Child?
      It’s not Middlesborough boss Garry Monk then?

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          I’d be more worried about pronouncing Dé as Day. There are no hard Ds in Irish.

          Having been a total witch about this endeavour, I still think fair fupps to the guy for doing it. Easy to take shots from the sidelines.

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      Correct. That is, you are correct, not him.
      Also, it’s a funny accent: I speak Munster Irish which is, without argument, the best Irish.
      Go row, me hoop. It’s go rev.

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          I BEG your pardon?
          Funny, though. I never have a clue when people from the West or the North start speaking Irish. The accent is so different.

      1. Sheik Yahbouti

        Great to see you, friend XX. however it has to be said this is a ball o’ sh!te

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