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Giota Beag: Irish Level 1

This article gathers together episodes from our beginners' Irish language course, Giota Beag. You can follow the links to hear individual lessons, and each lesson’s page includes the text of its key vocabulary.

Lesson One
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In the first lesson learn how to introduce yourself and ask how someone is. Fearghal Mag Uiginn also gives a few encouraging words of advice.

Lesson Two
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In lesson 2 learn how to say please and thank you, talk about the weather and learn what some place names mean. Also find out what is maith sin the phrase of the week means.

Lesson Three
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In lesson 3 learn how to say where you live and what you like. You’ll also learn about more placenames and find out what oíche mhaith, the phrase of the week means.

Lesson Four
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Learn how to ask someone if they want something, find out what some Irish surnames mean and learn what Ádh mór ort, the phrase of the week means.

Lesson Five
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Learn how to ask where things and people are, about the Irish story telling tradition and what Fan bomaite, the phrase of the week means.

Lesson Six
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Learn how to count from 1 to 12, about how Irish has influenced the English we speak and find out what tóg go bog é, the phrase of the week means.

Lesson Seven
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Learn how to tell the time and identify colours in Irish place names.

Lesson Eight
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Learn the days of the week, develop your ability to tell the time and learn about the Irish surnames based on colours. The phrase of the week is sláinte.

Lesson Nine
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Learn how to say when something is/ was/ will be on and about Fionn Mac Cumhaill and the salmon of knowledge. Maith go leor is the phrase of the week.

Lesson Ten
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Learn the vocabulary needed to have a basic phone conversation and find out about traditional Irish music. The phrase of the week is Maith thú.

Lesson Eleven
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Learn a few basic commands and find out which words we use in English are derived from Irish words.

Lesson Twelve
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Learn how to order items in a shop and the very useful ní thuigim I don’t understand is the phrase of the week. Fearghal also explains how people get their names in the Gaeltacht.

Lesson Thirteen
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Learn how to say where you’re going and about the long tradition of Irish dancing which lead to Riverdance.

Lesson Fourteen
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Learn all the vocabulary you’ll need for a trip to the pub! Fearghal explains the meaning of some Celtic festivals. You’ll also learn this week’s phrase of the week.

Lesson Fifteen
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This lesson revises everything you’ve learned so far in the Giota Beag series.

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