Not lessons, but a discussion show in English. It's about making the Irish language (Gaeilge) part of your every day, no matter where in the world you are.
Bitesize Irish encourages you to practice Gaeilge Gach Lá - Irish every day.
Podcast 124 – Aisling, Bainisteoir Pobail
Aisling joins the podcast for this episode. Aisling is the Bainisteoir Pobail (Community Manager) at Bitesize Irish. Her daily focus is on helping members of our community at Bitesize Pobal. We discuss her time in the Gaeltachtaí of Corca Dhuibhne and An Rinn, how she got interested in Irish, and her time in Vancouver.
Aisling is the community manager for Bitesize Pobal, our Irish language learning community online. Sign up as a Grow member to get an invite to Bitesize Pobal.
Some notes from the show:
* Popup Gaeltacht – locally-organized events for connecting with people through the Irish language* Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht in Co. Chiarraí (Co. Kerry). Blog post “Unexpected Gaeilge in Corca Dhuibhne“. Also check the episode Winter in Corca Dhuibhne. Where the Irish language is referred to as Gaelainn.* An Rinn Gaeltacht in Co. Phort Láirge (Co. Waterford), where the Irish language is referred to as Gaoluinn.* Doireann Ní Ghríofa* “There really is Gaeilge community all over the world”* Grow member interviews with Bridget and Peadar
Do you have any questions for Aisling? Reply below!
Podcast 123: Áine Gallagher
Interview with Áine Gallagher, who do many things including greann dhá-theangach (bilingual comedy). In this episode of the Bitesize Irish Podcast, we talk about the mindset that encourages you to speak Irish. Find Áine at ainegallagher.com – including the Irish Matters web series plus her TedX talk about what is it like speaking Irish as a second language.
Join Bitesize Irish as a Grow member to get an invite to Bitesize Pobal. That’s our private online learning community to learn from others (and people may learn from you!). This includes Bitesize Beo regular conversation video calls, weekly members calls, and daily prompts to encourage ou to achieve Gaeilge Gach Lá.
Some highlights from the episode:
* “I say I’m a fluent Irish speaker, without qualifying it”* “There’s a spectrum of fluency”* “You can’t compare your fluency in Irish and in English”* “I’m a gorilla Irish teacher”* “You have to take personal responsibility with a minority language”* “It’s OK to take time”* “Reinforce your learning with a mix of sources”
Thanks to Tsukumo whose music appears on this episode. Record a question for the podcast.
Podcast 122: Zúm
How will you use the Zoom revolution to connect with others, as Gaeilge? Group video calls are now ubiquitous. There’s no-one stopping us from connecting with others.
So start a Zoom call! Post a link. Find “the others”.
If you’re on Bitesize Pobal as a Grow member, do this through Bitesize Beo calls, and even consider running your own Members Beo call.
If you’re not in Bitesize Irish, you can find others locally, through connections, or just on social media platforms. There’s no-one there to stop you.
How are you going to do this? Leave a reply below, and tell us how.
Podcast 121: Agallamh Baill le Melinda
Bitesize Irish member Melinda speaks with Aisling about her journey into Gaeilge. Melinda’s sustainable approach to diving into Gaeilge Gach Lá has always intrigued us. In this interview, you’ll hear how she approaches the learning process, which means she has been able to continue on the journey.
Watch the video version of this interview on our blog.
Become a Grow member of Bitesize Irish to also be part of Bitesize Pobal, our private online community. Or start small with free Taster membership, which includes our Gaeilge Gach Lá Toolkit course.
Podcast 120: Using Your Abilities to Contribute
Adlerian psychology – indiviual psychology – is a holistic approach to understanding your motivations. It gives us a “guiding star” to use your abilities.
In the book “The Courage to be Dislike” by Kishimi and Koga, they use a fabulous dialog to discuss the “individual psychology” laid out by Alfred Adler. He was a contemporary of Freud and Jung.
Adlerian psychology is a psychology of use. That means to accept the abilities you have and to use them! That’s in contrast to getting stuck on which abilities you don’t have or what past you went through. Those stories are not helpful.
Adlerian psychology is non-deterministic. If we lived in a deterministic world, then your past would define your future without leeway of change. But it’s possible to decide to change. So you end up using your abilities, rather than feeling in what you cannot do.
It offers us a “guiding star” of contributing to others. So, use your abilities to speak the Irish language, whatever those abilities are, and use them to contribute to others.
“Your existence implies the existence of others”. So we can extend that to decide that a language implies the existence of others. You’re not studying a language alone, but rather aiming to connect with others through that language.
You’ll need to employ courage. The feeling of inferiority is a stimulant. It will make you feel like you need to get better. Use that tension, toward our inbuilt pursuit of superiority (to get better). If you start using your feeling of inferiority as an excuse, though, that becomes an inferiority complex which holds you back. The best approach forward is to strive to compensate for these feelings through growth.
Life is not a competition. Visualise yourself as being on a level playing field with others. They may be ahead of you, and walking at a different speed, but we’re all on the journey together. If you feel like being judged by others (let’s say in your abilities in speaking Gaeilge), then you’re seeing others as your enemies ultimately. See everyone else as comrades.
Don’t compare yourself to others. If you want any comparison, compare yourself to your best self.
Tell yourself “I have the ability”, because you do.
Don’t aim for goals. Live in the moment. “Dance earnestly”. Shine a bright light on the here and now, ignore the past and future as they don’t exist anymore or never did. Live this “energial” life. Life is made up of a sequence of dots of moments rather than a continous line from past to present to future.
The goal of your interpersonal relationships should be a feeling of community. Your goal is to contribute to others (even if they don’t know you’re helping them!). Your very being is of value to others. Use your abilities to contribute to the community. Find a community where you feel like “having one’s refuge”. If you have a fear of being judged, you’re still being self-centered. You haven’t accepted yourself for who you are.
Do you have any experience with this approach? For me, it spoke clearly back to points on which we speak about for achieving Gaeilge Gach Lá. Isn’t it better to dance and enjoy the journey, rather than being beat-up and aiming toward a tough goal?
Podcast 119: Gaeilge Gach Lá le Peadar
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I've only been a paid subscriber to bitesize for about a month, but it has been well worth it so far. I'm from Australia but my parents are Scottish and my Grandparents on my Dads side are Irish, they moved to Scotland in the 50s. My Granda always sung songs to me in Irish, and have always understood a wee bit of it. For the last year or so I've been actively learning more and more Irish. A lot has been from regional dialects and is a bit hard learning from region to region. Easy Irish is great for its school approach to dialect, how else are we meant to learn?. You've done a great job and as a paying member of Bitesize I'd just like to say thank you!
Quick question. If you were to burb loudly. How would you say "excuse me" in Irish?
Haigh, a Eoin! Great podcast! I'm actually a student at the Sydney irish language school that Liam mentions in #001, dia dhuit from us all here in Syd! I enjoyed hearing you both chat as gaeilge, just like mates would :)
It is nice to hear your thoughts and suggestions, and to get information that is useful to those of us learning Irish from around the world, in a way that is casual and fun. As a learner outside of Ireland, it is also nice to connect in a personal way, listening to you and your guests chat. I look forward to hearing more; all the best!