Gramadach gan Stró! is aimed at those who already have a reasonably good standard of spoken Irish but who wish to improve their grammar and to learn useful idiomatic and colloquial expressions. It is suitable for those who don't usually understand grammar courses, and who find complicated rules confusing. There is a strong emphasis on everyday usage of Irish, and information is given on the differences between the written and spoken language.
This course does not aim to give a comprehensive account of Irish grammar; rather it concentrates on the core aspects of the grammar of the language, and these are explained in a clear, concise way. Complicated terminology is avoided and plenty of examples are given to demonstrate various patterns.
There is a total of twenty-five units in Gramadach gan Stró! and each one contains grammatical explanations, interactive exercises, a topical and well-written article, and useful phrases. Having studied all the course material, and having completed all the exercises, the user may then undertake the Scrúdú Ceannchúrsa (End of Course Exam), which appears after Unit 25, to assess his/her progress.
- Grammar Terminology
- The Noun 1
- Simple Prepositions
- Simple Prepositions and the Article
- The Noun 2 (The Vocative Case)
- The Noun 3 (The Genetive Case)
- The Adjective 1
- The Adjective 2
- The Adjective 3
- The Verb 1 (The Imperative Mood)
- The Verb 2 (The Past Tense)
- Cardinal Numbers
- The Verb 3 (The Present Tense)
- Dates / Ordinal Numbers
- Location, Movement and Time
- Direct Relative and Indirect Relative
- The Personal Numbers
- The Verb 4 (The Future Tense)
- Possessive Pronoun
- The Prepositional Pronouns
- The Copula Is
- The Verb 5 (The Conditional Mood/Má & Dá)
- The Verb 6 (The Impersonal Verb/The Autonomous Verb)
- The Verbal Noun and the Verbal Adjective
- The Verb 6 (The Continuous Past Tense)
- Key sounds
- The pronunciations which the learner should focus on in that particular unit.
- Useful information
- The grammar relevant to the topic covered in the unit. This grammar is presented in context and in manageable chunks, and complicated terminology is avoided.
- Four dialogues, with accompanying translations into English. The language contained in these dialogues is natural and authentic, and reflects everyday usage.
- Vocabulary and Useful phrases
- Core vocabulary and useful phrases relating to the theme of the unit.
- A wide range of fun to-do activities based on the vocabulary and grammar presented in the unit. The written exercises are interactive. Once you’ve completed an exercise, you can click on the “Send” button and receive feedback immediately. You’re told which answers were correct and which were incorrect, you’re given the correct answers and a score. The oral exercises are accompanied by sounds files.
- These short passages aim to give the learner information about the history of the Irish language and a better understanding of Irish in the contemporary world.
- Useful tips for learners
- Handy tips on how to become a more efficient language learner.
- Talking heads
- The ‘Talking heads’ section contains video segments featuring a range of speakers, filmed on location in Dublin and Galway.
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