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Master 4 language skills in 10 minutes a day

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1-3 minutes to learn new vocabulary
Select a language, lesson, and topic of study. Get introduced to new vocabulary and any relevant grammar tips.
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3-5 minutes to review
Quick comprehension checks! You might be asked to match the photo with the word, sort the sentence, or match the cards together.
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3-5 minutes to test your listening skills
Listen to the conversation between two native speakers. Next, fill in the blanks of their conversation accordingly.
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Frequently asked questions about Learn Irish

Is It Hard To Learn Irish?

This will differ from person to person, but, in general, Irish isn’t too hard to learn, especially if you’re a native English speaker. The Foreign Language Institute classifies Irish as a category II language, but keep in mind that there are only five language categories. So, Irish is somewhere in the middle.

Here are some tips to make learning Irish easier:

  • Start with the basics: As a beginner, you don’t need to learn anything fancy yet. Starting with the basics will help you get an idea of how the Irish language works and if you really want to dedicate your time to learning it. You’ll also be setting a good foundation on which to build your knowledge in the future.
  • Study the culture and history of the language: Every language in this world has a unique culture and history. Understanding the background of Irish will not only give you a greater appreciation for the language but will make you feel more connected you’re learning.
  • Find a language partner: There are tons of ways to meet new people nowadays, so don’t be shy! Find a language partner to study and practice Irish with, even better if they’re a native Irish speaker!

If you want to learn Irish, use the Ling app! With over 200 Irish lessons, you can learn anything from new vocabulary to phrases to grammar tips and so much more!

How Much Time Does It Take To Learn Irish?

According to the Foreign Service Institute, Irish is classified as a category II language. This means that it will take the average learner 750 hours to reach proficiency.

To put this into perspective, if you studied for an hour every day, it would take you about two years. But, if you studied for two hours every day, it would only take you about one year. That’s not too bad!

If you want to learn Irish but don’t know where to start, try the Ling app! With Ling, you can learn as much or as little as you want from beginner to advanced lessons. The app also has its very own AI chatbot, so you can practice real-life conversations while getting feedback on your pronunciation!

 

Is Irish Worth Learning?

Yes, the Irish language is worth learning! Here’s why.

  • Lesser-spoken language: With an estimated 1.2 million speakers worldwide, Irish is not a widely-spoken language. So, learning Irish means that you’re taking part in keeping a smaller language alive. Also, wouldn’t it be cool to surprise the locals with your Irish language skills?
  • Understand the Irish way of thinking: Expressions are much different in Irish than in English. For example, instead of saying “I’m hungry”, the Irish phrase translates into something like “Hunger is on me.” By learning Irish, you’ll be able to understand the way of Irish thinking and maybe even start thinking that way yourself!
  • Refreshing challenge: For those not familiar with the Irish language, it can definitely be challenging (and throat-clearing). If you’re up to the challenge, there’s no shortage of vocabulary and words for you to learn.

To learn new Irish vocabulary and phrases, use the Ling app! You can learn everything you need to know about the Irish language to live in Ireland with bite-sized, interactive lessons. They’re so fun that you’ll forget you’re even learning!

How Long Does It Take For An English Speaker To Learn Irish?

Since Irish and English are from two different language families, learning Irish as a native English speaker will require some work, but it’s not impossible.

Here are some of the differences between the two languages:

  • Language family: Irish is part of the Celtic language family, while English is part of the Germanic language family.
  • Numbers of accents: There are around five different Irish accents, including Ulster accents, West and South-West accents, Dublin accents, and a non-regional standard accent. Meanwhile, there are around 30 different English accents!
  • Spelling and phrases: Irish uses many different phrases than English. For example, “having the craic” in Irish means “having fun” in English.

Do you want to start learning Irish? You can with the Ling app! With fun, bite-sized lessons, you can learn Irish easily for anywhere from 10 minutes to two hours a day!