Irish language enthusiasts have a great opportunity to learn as Dublin City University have made a free online course.
Irish 102: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture is the name of the course and it has already seen thousands of keen students enrol.
The course is described as introductory level and takes 4 weeks in total with a recommended commitment of 4 hours per week. There is no special software, or any books required.
Students will find out how to speak, write and understand basic words, phrases and dialogues in Irish.
The DCU description says: “On this course, you’ll improve your understanding of basic spoken words, phrases and dialogues in Irish.
“You’ll learn how to discuss the weather, tell the time and expand your language awareness.
“You’ll explore the vibrant culture of Ireland, by learning about Irish place-names, the Irish calendar, traditional festivals and the fusion of art, language and culture.
“Bígí linn – join us!”
Learners are encouraged to share ideas and join in with discussions and debates.
The lessons are led by DCU lecturers. Ciarán MacMurchaidh, Professor of Irish in DCU, said: “I believe that Irish is a key to the culture and heritage of Ireland.”
Caitríona Nic Giolla Mhichíl is an educator, senior project manager & lecture through Irish in Dublin City University.
She added: “I enjoy helping learners, learn online, speak Irish & discover the rich culture woven through the language.”
The third expert tutor on the course is Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl, Associate Professor and Senior Researcher in Dublin City University.
Some of the topics relating to Irish language in the course include greetings and blessings, the weather, traditional calendars, festivals and their Celtic roots.
By the end of the course students will be able to engage with the Irish language through culture, discuss clothes, food and drink, and debate art, language and culture.
You can find out more by visiting futurelearn.com