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Free Irish Lessons and Courses

Free Irish Lessons and Courses
We have gathered together here a number of free Irish language lessons and language courses for those learning Irish, along with some other Irish language resources, such as Irish online courses and exercises, podcasts, video lessons, alphabets, dictionaries, lexicons, verb conjugations, language communities, newspapers, articles, and books. Most of these sites will be in English, although a number are multilingual in nature.

  Video Lessons

Caemgen51 Irish History and Language Videos
"This channel is specifically for providing resources for learning the Irish language using ongoing videos shot in a classroom setting. A link is provided next to each video lesson in which the learner can access the accompaning lesson handout sheets and print them out at home. So for all intents and purposes it puts the learner inside the classroom with everyone else and they can follow along and learn quite effectively..."
Gaelic Galore
30 videos on Irish Gaelic.
Irish language media uploaded by Sean O'Briain
61 videos with Irish Gaelic content with English subtitles, including a few lessons in Irish.
Learning Irish Gaelic by April Lage
Playlist of 11 videos in Irish Gaelic.
Speaking Our Languagey by MacSteaphain
Gaelic Learners programme presented by Rhoda MacDonald.
SpeakIrishNow Lessons
14 videos with Muppet teachers...

  Courses and Exercises

Cumann Carad Na Gaeilge - The Philo-Celtic Society
"We began our new school on the internet on St. Bridget's Day 2007 (February 1, 2007) with 6 classes taught by our members... Go to The Philo-Celtic Society School at the address above to register and to choose your class. Hit "Join This Group" on that page, pass a spam test, and you're registered in the School! Then choose your class!"
Elementary Course of Gaelic - A Junior Gaelic Grammar by Duncan Reid
The first few lessons of a book that contains 50 lessons and 208 pages altogether...
Erin's Web - Irish Gaelic
"The purpose of the course is to give people, whether of Irish descent or not, a working knowledge of the Irish language. This course begins with the basics and is entirely self-contained. We have planned it especially for persons who are studying alone or in small groups without a teacher, books or recordings." The lessons are in HTML format and are downloadable in a zipfile.
Fluent in 3 Months: Irish
Unconventional language hacking tips from Benny the Irish polyglot...
Site for learning Irish Gaelic with some free lessons; also with a subscription service to access more content.
Interactive Irish Lessons
"These lessons have been taken from a book called 'Learning Irish' by Mícheál ó Siadhail, published by Yale University Press."
Learn Irish with Liam O Maonlai
Two courses in Irish Gaelic, with 12 lessons each, with PDF transcripts and MP3 audio files, courtesy of the The Independent.
Avoca Handweavers, Bray,Wicklow,Ireland
photo by Ivan Walsh

  Language Communities Learn to Speak Irish
"Learn Irish online by practicing with a native speaker who is learning your language. Write or speak Irish online to improve grammar or conversation."
Polyglot is a non-profit community dedicated to language exchange. Polyglot allows you to find the right person ready to exchange languages with you. You will search for penpals according to age, gender, location, hobbies, etc. Polyglot is fully customizable. You will choose your own icons, styles or post your own Polyglot translations, so that more people speaking your language can become a member.
UniLang Community
The main purpose of the UniLang Community is to provide an online site where people interested in languages can unite, openly discuss, and find resources related to language(s), linguistics and translations. We are an open non-profit organization, meaning that everything on our site is publicly accessible at no cost, and membership is also free and open for everybody. All data, unless otherwise stated, is licensed under an open licence, the UniLang Public License, as opposed to a restrictive copyright.

  Other Irish Resources

Irish Dictionaries Online
Comprehensive listing of Irish dictionaries, technical reference, grammars, and other language aids.