Funny Irish Wk!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Sorry I haven't posted yet this week - but it has been a funny one. I had a 7-day FREE trial of Irish on Rosetta Stone & I just crammed as much free Irish into me as I could. Not too bad - I had finished level 1 and then some in a week. (That's over a $100 value!) The system is very thorough, but can't be that DEEP if I have already learned 1/3 of what they have to offer. But I did LEARN it! Too bad the system is soo expensive! But now am exploring other gratis lessons on the net...There are free intro phrases of quite a few languages on Transparent Language in their byki system...You could learn to say hello & goodbye all over the globe!
I have worked with Celtic folk music - & I have often thought that a knowledge of Irish would help me in deciphering song lyrics....Sang a bit of my repertoire at the memorial service last weekend...But OMG - it's like RUSSIAN, everything is DECLINED & takes a different FORM. It must torment Irish kids who have to learn it in school - becaz if you don't have that peculiar sort of rote memory, learning the forms would be HARD.
See? It's been a peculiar week. But I am sure I have fired some neurons, & maybe even grown a few new connections. Language learning is stimulating to the brain....And the more neurons we have on hand as we age, the better!
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