2nd Edition

Colloquial Irish The Complete Course for Beginners

    280 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Specially written by experienced teachers, this is an easy-to-use and completely up-to-date course which provides a step-by-step approach to spoken and written Irish, with no prior knowledge of the language required. This new edition offers updated cultural references and new audio material accompanying the course.

    What makes Colloquial Irish your best choice in personal language learning?

    • emphasis on the language of East Connemara, with a clear pronunciation guide and an appendix on dialectal differences within Irish
    • stimulating exercises with lively illustrations
    • effective combination of language points, dialogues, and cultural information
    • Irish/English and English/Irish word lists.

    By the end of this rewarding course, you will be able to communicate confidently and effectively in Irish in a broad range of everyday situations.

    New audio material for this edition is available to download for free in MP3 format from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.



    1. Ag cur aithne ar dhaoine
    Getting to know people

    2. Ag caint fút féin
    Talking about yourself

    3. Ag caint faoin teaghlach
    Talking about the family

    4. Ag lorg eolais faoi lóistín
    Seeking information about lodgings

    5. Ag caint faoi chaithimh aimsire
    Speaking about pastimes

    6. Ag cur síos ar imeachtaí an lae
    Describing events of the day

    7. Ag caint faoi na scileanna atá agat
    Talking about the skills that you have

    8. Ag cur síos ar chúrsaí oibre
    Describing employment situations

    9. Bia, deoch, agus ceol
    Food, drink, and music

    10. Sláinte

    11. Cúrsaí siopadóireacht
    Going shopping

    12. Laethanta saoire

    13. Orduithe

    14. Socruithe

    Grammar summary

    Dialect appendix

    Key to exercises

    Dialogue translations

    Irish–English glossary

    English–Irish glossary



    Tomás Ó hÍde is Professor of Languages and Literatures at Lehman College, CUNY, USA.

    Máire Ní Neachtain was Head of the Irish Department at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland, and now resides in An Spidéal in the Cois Fharraige Gaeltacht, where she is active in many community enterprises. 

    Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew is Lecturer at Penn Language Center, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

    John Gillen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences, Hostos Community College, CUNY, USA.