THE LANGUAGE OF LINEAGE

Teanga na Sloinnte: Intreoir don Ghaeilge do Thosaitheoirí

An Introduction to the Irish Language for Beginners

Online workshop with MF Learning & Tara Brading

2-hour workshop, taught by MF Learning
You will receive a video recording + PDF presentation and guide

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Learning Irish is an act of devotion & sacred remembrance

Language is the lifeblood of a culture. In Irish, teanga is the word for language, which has the power to connect us with teaghlach (family/lineage) and tírghrá (love of country).

The Irish language has been in decline for centuries due to colonialism; especially the past few hundred years since An Gorta Mór (the Great Hunger) which was especially hard-hitting in rural, Irish-speaking areas of Ireland. A tide of emigration began before the famine, but this became an exodus during the famine years as people fleeing the country sought refuge abroad. More than 1.8 million Irish emigrated, and many left their language behind them.

Revitalizing the Irish language is a de-colonial act of devotion and sacred remembrance. Even learning a few words in Irish brings healing to our ancestors, and helps to preserve our cultural identity for future generations.

Learning Irish is an act of devotion & sacred remembrance

Language is the lifeblood of a culture. In Irish, teanga is the word for language, which has the power to connect us with teaghlach (family/lineage) and tírghrá (love of country).

The Irish language has been in decline for centuries due to colonialism; especially the past few hundred years since An Gorta Mór (the Great Hunger) which was especially hard-hitting in rural, Irish-speaking areas of Ireland. During the famine years, more than 1 million Irish emigrated, and many left their language behind them.

Revitalizing the Irish language is a de-colonial act of devotion and sacred remembrance. Even learning a few words in Irish brings healing to our ancestors, and helps to preserve our cultural identity for future generations.

When we reclaim the language of our ancestors, we remember who we are

The Irish language has a spirit that’s rooted in the distant past, going back to the Iron Age and the Irish Celts. Old Irish emerged in the 5th century, which is the first time the language was written down.

Take a moment to think about all of your ancestors who spoke this language over the centuries. Irish Gaeilge was part of their identity, and to reclaim this language in honor of them is to claim a powerful place in your lineage. It’s a way of honoring the past, and healing the wound of assimilation and colonization.

A deeply profound remembrance can take place as a result of this learning, which can help to revitalize the ancient roots of who you are and where you come from.

When we reclaim the language of our ancestors, we remember who we are

The Irish language has a spirit that’s rooted in the distant past, going back to the Iron Age and the Irish Celts. Old Irish emerged in the 5th century, which is the first time the language was written down.

Take a moment to think about all of your ancestors who spoke this language over the centuries. Irish Gaeilge was part of their identity, and to reclaim this language in honor of them is to claim a powerful place in your lineage. It’s a way of honoring the past, and healing the wound of assimilation and colonization.

A deeply profound remembrance can take place as a result of this learning, which can help to revitalize the ancient roots of who you are and where you come from.

If you hear the call of the ancestors to learn the language of your lineage...

…let’s embark on this journey together. This group setting will be dynamic and interactive, with break-out groups and opportunities to practice.

2-hour workshop, taught by MF Learning
You will receive a video recording + PDF presentation and guide

What you're going to learn

In this 2-hour introductory workshop with MF Learning, you’ll be guided to take an initial step onto this path of language revitalization.

This is a beginner-friendly class, and no previous experience is required.
Simply bring your curiosity and an open heart.

You will learn:

  • Basic conversation: how to say hello, introduce yourself, and say where you’re from
  • A short overview of Irish place names
  • A few devotional blessings and prayers
  • Some words and phrases to honor the ancestors, animals and the earth, including words that describe aspects of nature (moon, river, sun, milky way, and so on)
  • A basic introduction to the Irish language with an explanation of regional dialects

You’ll also have an opportunity to submit any questions that you have prior to the live workshop, which will be answered at the end.

You will learn:

  • Basic conversation: how to say hello, introduce yourself, and say where you’re from
  • A short overview of Irish place names
  • A few devotional blessings and prayers
  • Some words and phrases to honor the ancestors, animals and the earth, including words that describe aspects of nature (moon, river, sun, milky way, and so on)
  • A basic introduction to the Irish language with an explanation of regional dialects

You’ll also have an opportunity to submit any questions that you have prior to the live workshop, which will be answered at the end.

THE LANGUAGE OF LINEAGE

An Introduction to the Irish Language for Beginners

2-hour workshop, taught by MF Learning
You will receive a video recording + PDF presentation and guide