Gaeilge ‘Irish’ Language Of The Gael
The Irish language “Gaeilge” is the daily spoken language by the people who live and work in the Gaeltacht regions. Language and landscape in the Connemara Gaeltacht reflects the accumulated wisdom of past generations.
I am inextricably linked to this wisdom, culture and landscape. “Three generations of Irish speakers living together under one roof, the Irish language was alive and well.”
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Fáilte! My name is Paraic Donoghue and I was born and raised in the Connemara Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) on the West Coast of Ireland. My first language is Irish Gaelic and I am deeply rooted in the traditions of my upbringing in Connemara, one of the most pristine areas in Ireland.
My vision is to ensure aspiring Irish speakers from all over the world can help the language take its rightful place as one of the world’s greatest languages.
“I have been studying Irish off and on for about 10 years. After just 10 sessions with Paraic my comprehension of the language has improved dramatically. His classes are relaxed but consistent and he stresses a natural approach to learning that really sets me at ease and allows me to enjoy the process. His knowledge of the culture is vast and he offers it with a great sense of humor. Highly recommended!”
“Paraic possesses a skill set that is sorely lacking from the Irish language learning space – he’s a native speaker who is also a gifted teacher. His focus is on getting you comfortable with having conversations in Irish. Paraic’s lessons are low pressure, yet challenging and rewarding at the same time. If you are serious about speaking and understanding natural Conamara Irish, Paraic is the best teacher out there (particularly for those of us who live outside Ireland). You simply must give him a try.”
“Coming back to the Gaeilge after so many years away, I was apprehensive at first and wondered what was in store. Rest assured, Paraic made the lessons as relaxed as possible and actually fun to relearn. Most of the time I don’t feel like I’m in a class, such is the great teaching methods used by Paraic. Whether you are a new student or someone coming back to the language I would not hesitate at all in signing up. You won’t regret it – go n-eiri leat!.”
Páraic is a great teacher! He lets you learn the language naturally and at your own pace. It is invaluable to find a native speaker willing to teach Irish in this setting. His love for Irish and his insight into the culture and nuances of the language will help you tremendously towards your goal of becoming a better speaker. I know the classes have done a great deal for me. The classes are also extremely affordable and convenient (via Skype). I cannot recommend classes with Páraic enough.
“There is an Irish proverb ‘A good start is half the job’. There is no better way to begin your Irish language journey, and it is a journey with many worthwhile side trips, than with a learned patient native speaker.I have just completed my first ten lessons with Paraic and recommend him highly both as a person and as a teacher. And, thanks to SKYPE, it’s like being in the same room with him. He is always guiding you, not correcting or criticizing. He’s positive and encouraging.No need for grammar books or dictionaries – learn the way we learnt as children – start talking.”
“Paraic is endlessly patient and encouraging, and cares deeply about his students. He works with you to create a curriculum tailored to your skills rather than imposing a generic one. Being disabled, I also really appreciate Paraic’s flexibility and understanding. He provides a wonderfully low-stress yet highly effective environment in which to learn from a native speaker.”
”I happily found out about Paraic completely by accident searching the web for Irish resources. Paraic has uncovered a passion for this language greater than I even thought I had. He teaches based on the individual needs of the student while making a comfortable and fun space for learning to happen. Already in 10 short weeks, I feel like I have truly connected to the language and culture through Paraic. His attentive ear is matched only by his enthusiasm. Funnily enough, now my dad is also taking lessons with Paraic too, making him an indispensable and highly valued member of our extended family. My lessons are the highlight of my week. If you want to actually learn how to speak this language, look no further than Paraic”
“Irish lessons with Paraic fill that highly important slot of practicing your spoken language. As someone who is learning Irish to be able to communicate and interact with people this has been a key element for me. The lessons are helpful, challenging, great fun and always interesting covering a wide range of topics. My language skills have improved greatly. I always look forward to my next class with Paraic.”
“Irish is Paraic’s first language, what he has to offer a student is invaluable, and the stories and insight he often shares about his homeland provides a precious and rich context for the language.”
“Bhain mé sult as na ranganna, comhrá agus na scéalta faoi Chonamara le Paraic. Is múinteoir maith é.”
“As a native speaker, Paraic is able to clarify Irish sounds and grammar and support you in speaking Irish quickly! Skype lessons with Paraic are very convenient and flexible to fit into your schedule.”
Paraic has dedicated his life to the Irish language. It is rare to find a teacher who is a native Irish speaker. His conversational approach will give you a realistic platform for learning the Irish language. Paraic does not like dry emotionless teaching so he also uses music, poetry and literature to teach!
“I’ve found the whole experience to be comfortable and stress-free. I always look forward to my classes with Paraic”
“Each lesson is planned, specific skills are chunked and presented at a pace that allows me to experience success and remain motivated.”
“When I started taking classes with Paraic, I didn’t have a word of Irish. Paraic’s friendly, relaxed and organic approach to learning the language made it easy for me to jump right in and start speaking cúpla focal (a few words) in Irish. His guidance on pronunciation and insights into how the language is spoken in Connemara have served as a great introduction to the language.”
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“There can be no greater delusion than to imagine that a language can be kept alive alone by teaching. A language can have no real life unless it lives in the lives of the people.” Eoin Mac Neill