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Irish Gaelic Language Learning: Month 1 Overview

Irish Language Learning
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It's been more than a month since I started my goal of learning Gaelic. I'm not happy with how it is going, and I'm the only one to blame for it. Why?

First, I have too many commitments. A few are with myself, others are with my girlfriend and then I have my thesis and research work. All together are way too much to handle in an usual work day, even in an 'extended work day', i.e. from 9 to 24 or 1.

I feel capable of learning up to a decent level a language in 3 months, given between thirty minutes and one hour of mindful dedication, daily. Maybe 15 minutes would be enough, if one day I did one full hour. The problem is that I don't have 15 spare minutes with full mental power. I usually end my research work pretty tired, and once I finish my usual stuff at home, the only thing left is watching Doctor Who on TV and going to bed.

I'm working on a few ideas to solve the lack of time and be able to practice daily: invest 30 minutes twice a week and then you can practice wherever you are (the daily shower is a good moment to vocabulary recall, for example), because you will remember the lesson perfectly. I'll blog about this shortly, once I get the hang of it.

Just to lower my own expectations, it is very unlikely that I'll be talking Gaelic (Irish or Scottish, does not matter) by the end of April. But I still can have a shot at it. In any case, I'll improve my speed in language learning, at least from beginner to decent level.

As a side note, I ordered 6 new language books from The Book Depository, all from the collection Teach Yourself:

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Written by Ruben Berenguel