AMANDA FERGUSON in Belfast
Monday, January 17, 2022
Tá cúpla focal Gaeilge agam.
I did my first beginners Irish language Zoom class today with Turas in east Belfast.
If you want to find out more about what they offer check out their website: https://www.ebm.org.uk/turas/
My mother didn't enjoy learning Irish growing up so didn't pass it on. And my father was not taught it so couldn't pass it on.
In my journalism career I have written and spoken quite a bit about the Irish language, the Irish language community and its fight for equality. Here is a flavour of just some of the stories:
I know snatches of phrases because you can't be from, and live and love Belfast without learning by osmosis.
I decided I wanted to learn more. Because why wouldn't I. I am curious about the words I hear and frustrated that I don't understand.
It was this tweet by Linda Ervine that made me decide to go for it:
And me signing up inspired a friend to do the same! Yay!
Everyone has been so supportive and encouraging.
I have even lined up fluent friends to help me learn all the swear words!
I have been given book recommendations.
And I even got this in the post from an esteemed colleague:
Day one today was fun. The fabulous Linda Ervine, who I have great respect for, is my teacher!
I have got to know Linda from interviewing her over the years.
Check out my latest chat with her, and some other kick ass women, here:
I can now count to ten. I learned some colours, and some basic phrases.
So far so good.
I am looking forward to learning more.
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