As you go through my website I am sure that you will have questions that you would like to ask about my Skype Lessons. Below I have compiled the mos frequently asked questions that prospective students ask – and I have answered them as fully as I can. For anything not answered below please email:
Can I try you online Irish lesson for free?
Absolutely – I offer one free, 35 minute online Irish lesson on Skype without any charge.
Why would you offer a free online Irish class?
I realize that learning a new language is a time-commitment. By offering you a free lesson you get opportunity to know me better.
How does the free online Irish lessons work?
A free trial online Irish lesson is only available to first-time Students.This free lesson is both an evaluative session, as well as an informative one. My goal is to understand you level and your desire in learning Irish!
What level of Irish should I be to gain the most benefit from your teaching?
Any level and the effort you put into it.
What are the main advantages learning from a native Irish speaker?
At the end of the day, “learning” a language is communicating verbally. This is what I focus on, in a 1-on-1 environment.
What does the curriculum look like?
The fact of the matter is that everyone learns at different paces, and has different learning goals. You have the flexibility on focusing on certain topics, grammatical points etc, in which you are having trouble with.
How do I book a lesson?
A paid student will set the first lesson with me immediately after purchase. A great idea would be to set a weekly schedule for yourself.
How many weekly Irish lessons do you recommend?
The easy answer is the more the better, however this really depends on your personal schedule. Your brain can maintain the new information learned through frequent repetition and practice. That being said, you want to find that happy-medium where learning Irish fits in your lifestyle, and to not make it feel like a chore. Normally, 2 or 3 lessons per week.
Do the purchased classes expire?
The purchased lessons have an expiration of 6 months.
What currency is used?
My prices are shown in Canadian dollars.
How long are the classes?
60 Minutes. I often work back-to-back lessons, and may need the few minutes for a quick breather in between lessons. This also helps make sure that the lesson does not overlap with another.
How do the lessons start?
Log in to your Skype account 5 minutes before the class time and wait for my call. Once it’s time for the class to begin, I will call you. You will see an “answer” and a “reject” button. Click on the “answer” button to start the lesson.
Is the class only spoken in Irish?
I will try speak as much Irish as possible during practice and instruction. Your brain will learn best when it is stretched in a new capacity , in this case, speaking a higher-level of Irish! There will be times where English may be used for complete understanding, but you will find that this will be less and less as you improve.
Can I cancel a scheduled class?
Yes. Things happen and sometimes you need to tend to priorities. I ask for 24 hours notice in event of a cancellation.
What if I am late for a class?
Classes start punctually, and so does the end of the lesson. The best thing to do is to email me letting me know how long you will be late.
What will I be taught?
Beginner Irish students will learn things like understand and saying frequently used expressions (ie. How are you? What is your name? Where is the bathroom?)
Advanced Irish students can express their ideas and feelings articulately, and understand various complex situations.
Lastly, students preferring to focus on a subject such as “traveling to Ireland”, the lessons will focus on learning how to deal in everyday situations when travelling in Gaeltacht regions.
Do I need any materials for the class?
No. I dont require you to buy specific books. However, I do offer material for classes.
What times of the week do I teach?
I will discuss a schedule with each student to accommodate your individual needs. From time to time, I will not be available to teach (Some weekdays and holidays etc.) but you will be informed of this well in advance.
How much do the Skype lessons cost? Please see my store section to find the pricelist for the various packages.
Are there any other costs involved, or hidden fees?
No. The class fee is all you pay.
I accept Paypal payments where you have the freedom to use popular credit cards.
What is your teaching focus?
I believe in the most important method to teaching a language is conversational. This is also the aspect where most students suffer vs. reading and writing. Thus I will focus on the building blocks to making your conversational skills in Irish reach new heights. These include teaching new vocabulary, pronunciations, grammar, and colloquial speaking habits – the latter is especially difficult to learn in a textbook! Just like a conversation, a teaching session is dynamic, and will go as slow or fast as the student needs before they move on.
Do I need a headphone?
As long as you can hear and be heard through your computer, then you do not. However, I do recommend the use of them simply as it allows you to clearly hear my pronunciation. Listening to a new language is tough enough, let alone in a low-decibel, muffled environment.
What is Skype?
I utilize a program called Skype, that you will need to download. Skype is very easy to download and use, and allows people to call each others computer You can download or learn more about Skype directly at skype.com Like anything, the faster the internet, the better -DSL or Cable are optimal.You can learn more about Skype at skype.com, and download it for Windows, Mac and Linux.2. https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA12413/how-do-i-create-a-skype-account