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 132 – Deirdre: Ciarraí, Ceol agus Gaeilge
Deirdre is from Contae Chiarraí (Kerry), and lives for a number of years in Ontario, Canada. She focusses her time on learning Irish traditional music, along with diving into learning to speak the Irish language. We’re privileged to have her as a Grow member of Bitesize Irish.
The intro of this podcast episode of the Bitesize Irish Podcast was, as it happens, recorded in the Kerry Gaeltacht.
Do you have comments for Deirdre? Leave a reply on the video interview post. You can also watch the video version of this recording there also.
Podcast 131: Ciara Ní É – Gaeilge, creativity and self-expression
Eoin of Bitesize Irish speaks with poet Ciara Ní É on the Irish langauge, creativity and self-expression. You can also watch this interview, and on that page are notes of various topics covered in the interview.
If you have a comment to leave on the interview, please also leave it on the video interview page.
Podcast 130: What’s holding you back from Learning Irish?
In this episode of the Bitesize Irish Podcast, Eoin asks you what might be holding you back from learning the Irish language. What might be stopping you internally from practicing Gaeilge Gach Lá? It may be a fear of judgement, or a shame of identity, or something else about your story.
Also covered is a question from Nigel about where you might find Irish language immersion courses in Ireland.
Mentioned in the podcast:
* Bitesize Irish memberships – including Grow membership for learning and practicing every day* Oideas Gael – adult Irish language learning courses in Donegal* An Acadamh – which hold intensive Irish language courses (dianchúrsaí). They have several locations, being part of the university in Galway * Coláiste na Rinne – which also offer online Irish language classes
Ask your own question on the podcast on the podcast’s home page.
Podcast 129 – Trust the Process
Trust the process. Trust yourself! An empowering aspect of learning to speak the Irish language is not limited to “languages people”. The process of learning the Irish language is a journey. It’s a process that’s available to each of us. Yes, it does include studying with intenstiy (see Episode 128 for more on that). Once you’ve accepted with yourself that you are on this journey, then trust the process and trust yourself.
We call the foundation of this process Gaeilge Gach Lá (Irish every day). It means immersing yourself in the Irish language, especially before you understand it. Be a daily practitioner of the language, a Gaeilgeoir, regardless of your spoken abilty. Trust that by being a pracitioner long enough you can ultimately end up being a speaker of Gaeilge.
Mentioned in the episode:
* Bíodh muinín agat as an bpróiséas! Trust the process. Have trust in the process.* Bitesize Irish Memberships, which include Bitesize Cúrsaí online lessons to take at your own pace, and Bitesize Pobal private learning community.* Robert Green’s “Mastery” book, and “Path to Mastery” article.* Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” book. She has a related online course.* Episode 115: Yoga agus Bitesize with Gabrielle* Also see: Gaeilge Gach Lá Merchandise* Record a question
P.S. After producing this podcast, I was researching productivity frameworks, of all things. This really is closely linked ultimately to achieving something, like being able to speak a language, such as my book Winning the Language Battle. I came across a free book How to Make Your Dreams Come True by Mark Forster. As it happens, he has a chapter in the book called “trust the process”. The book is only mildly related to this podcast episode, but speaks along the same lines.
Podcast 128 – Immersion and Studying
Gaeilge Gach Lá is about immersing yourself every day. How does that relate to the step of your Irish language journey to study with intensity? Are both parts needed, and which comes first? Eoin discusses how immersion is an accessible foundation upon which you can base later study. Keep up the Gaeilge Gach Lá. Stretch your understanding, and then study with intensity. Don’t spend too long studying the patterns of the language all the same, before you start reaching out to others who are on a similar journey.
Mentioned in the episode:
* Member interview with Irish language learner Jeri* Grow Membership, with Bitesize Pobal private community* Explore Membership, to study with intensity before going onto Grow
Fáilte isteach to Emma, our Community Manager at Bitesize Irish.
Podcast 127 – Agallamh le Jeri
The Bitesize Irish Podcast featuring member interview and Irish language learner Jeri. Jeri shares her motivations for learning the Irish language, and what brought her to the language. She also shares some interesting tactics, including poetry, for diving deeper into Gaeilge as a learner. Watch Jeri’s interview as a video too.
Mentioned in the episode:
* Irish for Beginners free email course* Taster membership with Bitesize Irish* Grow membership with Bitesize Pobal community and Bitesize Beo practice
Catching up with a smile!
I’m marching through season one, while pruning grape vines in Connecticut, and couldn’t be happier! The show is warm, funny, sincere and informative. I’ll see you in the current episodes soon enough. I have been going to Ireland once a year with my wife got years and this helps my mind stay plugged in! Go raibh maith agat!!
I love this podcast
I listen to podcasts on both my commute and when I’m working. It’s so difficult to find interesting topics and well produced podcasts. After listening to only a couple of your programs, I’ve decided to check off another item on my life-list - to learn Irish. As an Irish-American - my first ancestor came to the colonies as a prisoner in the early 1600s and settled down with an Irish girl who was already here. Thank you for the hard work and producing this great program. Keep it up! Please!
Love Bitesize Irish
I’ve been watching many YouTube videos from Bitesize Irish and listened to podcasts. Absolutely love both the discussions with the excellent guests and also the lessons. Thank you so much Eoin for making these programs! Americans are often made fun of for their love of their Irish roots, but you are just the opposite. So friendly and welcoming. Thanks again.