Dáithí Mac Giolla. wrote:
a lot of courses ive found teat grammar as something you will get the grasp of somehow without actually learning the rules, that doesn't work for me, i need to know why something is said in a certain way. Having said that, if you concentrate too much on grammar i find you dont learn enough phrases and vocabulary to compare the grammar rules too.
I normally do 45 mins of Vocab and phrases ( this includes pronunciation ) and 45 of grammar and phrases which demonstrate the grammar rules im learning. ( also with some pronunciation practice) .
As to mixing dialects, most learners do, so i wouldn't worry to much if you go that way. However i found for myself it was easier to pick one dialect and not get confused by the different pronunciation , words and spelling.
I found learning to pronounce things right , or at least better, from the beginning really helped my confidence when trying to speak, as people more readily understood me. You wont get it right from the beginning, but if you are aware of it and keep practicing as you learn you slowly get there. I still have trouble with getting the R's right and consistent. But good Audio files, for which ive found lots for the dialect i am studying really help.
Best hard copy Irish dictionary to get is Foclóir Gaeilge Béarla by Niall Ó Dónaill.
I love the cork Irish dictionary because its in Munster Irish AND its a pdf so I can type in words and search the results much quicker (http://corkirish.wordpress.com/my-irish ... ictionary/
) . Some of the free resources ive found i have printed the PDF off and had them bound, as i like having a book i can carry about as well.
I agree that Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla (fondly known as FGB) is a must-have, but remember it only goes in one direction! Ultimately you're going to want it De Bhaldraithe's English-Irish dictionary as well.
For day-to-day use, I'm finding that I'm using my smart phone version of Collins Irish Dictionary quite a lot (it's more convenient for quick look-ups than the big hard-bound dictionaries, since I almost always have my phone handy). It's available for both iPhone and Android, and is well-worth the $9.99 it cost me. It's not as in-depth as the big guys, but it's dead handy.
When I was in Ireland and without my iPhone (because there was no way I was going to pay overseas roaming data charges!) my go-to, quick-look-up, dictionary was Foclóir Scoile.