In that post, you learned that how you express these concepts is relative to your position, and depends on whether the thing you’re talking about is moving away from you, toward you, or is in a static position.
You’ll probably not be too surprised, then, to learn that there’s a similar system for the points of the compass: North, South, East, and West.
Welcome to another installment of our Irish Learner Profiles series! In publishing these profiles, we hope to showcase the diversity of the international Irish learning community.
Earlier this month, we introduced you to Marina, an Irish learner who lives in Russia. Now we’re going visit a country that’s a little bit closer to Ireland, to a place where another Celtic language — one closely related to Welsh and Cornish — is spoken.
Think you could figure out how to pronounce something like this without help? Photo: 2008 by Audrey Nickel
One of the first challenges of learning a new language is learning how to reproduce the sounds of that language correctly. That’s why often the first question a new learner asks when seeing an Irish word in print is “how is that pronounced”?
A related challenge faced by those of us who communicate with newer learners on-line is how to CONVEY the sounds of the language in such a way that, in the absence of a recording or a live person to emulate, the learner can at least come close to the correct pronunciation.
Now, now…don’t be upset! That’s not the “f” word you’re thinking of! What comedian Des Bishop says in the hilarious (for Irish learners) video above is focal suas: “word up.” As he points out, though, it’s not QUITE correct!
We learners of the Irish language are a diverse bunch. Some of us live in Ireland; some have never yet visited the Emerald Isle. Some of us have clear Irish ancestry; others are called to this beautiful language for other reasons.
I think it would be fun, from time to time, to profile people throughout the world who are learning Irish. How did we get involved with the language? What paths are we following toward learning? What advice would we give to other learners?