Irish Language Classes

Conversational Irish Classes 2019/20 – Members Only –

Tuesday evenings 7:30 to 9:00 pm
October 1st to November 26th, 2019
(no class November 12th)
– Registration on October 1st at 7:00 pm – Please bring your 2019 Membership Card
– Course cost $80 Cash, cheque or email money transfer
List of topics (subject to change)
Topaic 1: Fuaimeanna na Gaeilge/The sounds of Irish; Ag bualadh le daoine/Meeting people
• getting to grips with the sounds and why they’re made
• introducing yourself and greeting people
Topaic 2: Cá has tú? Cá bhfuil tú i do chónaí?/Where are you from? Where do you live? (details about your area…)
• describing your place of origin
• saying where you live (and asking)
• describing your area/if you like it
Topaic 3: An aimsir/The weather; An teach/The house
• commenting on the weather
• describing your home – counting objects
Topaic 4: An teaghlach/The family
• describing your family members – counting people
• describing physical appearance
• marital status etc.
Topaic 5: Caitheamh aimsire/Pastimes
• saying what you do in your free time (and asking)
• expressing opinion
Topaic 6: An saol laethúil/Daily life
• talking about your daily routine – telling the time
• days of the week
Topaic 7: Cúrsaí oibre/Work
• describing your job – duties and conditions etc.
• saying where you work (and asking)
Topaic 8: Bia agus deoch/Food and drink; Orduithe/Orders
• describing your favourite food/drink
• ordering in a bar/restaurant
• giving orders (to children, etc.)
Questions? moc.liamgnull@SSSIrotceriDlarutluC or call 780-918-0647
A level 2 class is being planned for January to March 2020 – Details TBA

A message from Instructor Barra Scanlon regarding the course
Welcome to this conversational Irish language class. The course is suitable for complete beginners to the language, but if you already have a cúpla focal you should benefit from this too. As it is a conversational class we will cover functions like: introducing yourself, talking about your background, getting to know someone, ordering food and drinks, giving orders, expressing opinions, and more. Don’t worry, grammar will mostly take a backseat in this class, except where you really need to know why something is the way it is.
The class setting will be informal with plenty of chances to ask questions and practise what you’re learning. I will provide some notes but I would encourage you to bring a pen and something to write on if you want to make your own phonetic notes (usually what people do for conversational classes like this one).
I hope to use the odd song in the class too, but it is definitely not a singing class, so don’t be put off, and I won’t expect anyone to sing solo. Simple songs help to familiarize yourself with pronunciation, vocab, and language structure.
Expect some facts and context about the language along the way too – and don’t forget Gaeilge is a living language with a very active and vibrant social scene, not just in Ireland but in plenty of other places abroad.