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Bitesize Irish Podcast
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Podcast 125: Agallamh Baill le Jim
This podcast features the video interview recently with Bitesize Irish member Jim. Watch the video there, and please leave any feedback for him there too as a reply. Also mentioned in this episode: Bitesize Irish Merchandise!Sign up for GROW membership like JimThe post Podcast 125: Agallamh Baill le Jim first appeared on Bitesize Irish.
39 minutes | 2 months ago
Podcast 124 – Aisling, Bainisteoir Pobail
Aisling joins the podcast for this episode. Aisling is the Bainisteoir Pobail (Community Manager) at Bitesize Irish. Her daily focus is on helping members of our community at Bitesize Pobal. We discuss her time in the Gaeltachtaí of Corca Dhuibhne and An Rinn, how she got interested in Irish, and her time in Vancouver. Aisling is the community manager for Bitesize Pobal, our Irish language learning community online. Sign up as a Grow member to get an invite to Bitesize Pobal. Some notes from the show: Popup Gaeltacht – locally-organized events for connecting with people through the Irish languageCorca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht in Co. Chiarraí (Co. Kerry). Blog post “Unexpected Gaeilge in Corca Dhuibhne“. Also check the episode Winter in Corca Dhuibhne. Where the Irish language is referred to as Gaelainn.An Rinn Gaeltacht in Co. Phort Láirge (Co. Waterford), where the Irish language is referred to as Gaoluinn.Doireann Ní Ghríofa“There really is Gaeilge community all over the world”Grow member interviews with Bridget and Peadar Do you have any questions for Aisling? Reply below!The post Podcast 124 - Aisling, Bainisteoir Pobail first appeared on Bitesize Irish.
46 minutes | 3 months ago
Podcast 123: Áine Gallagher
Interview with Áine Gallagher, who do many things including greann dhá-theangach (bilingual comedy). In this episode of the Bitesize Irish Podcast, we talk about the mindset that encourages you to speak Irish. Find Áine at ainegallagher.com – including the Irish Matters web series plus her TedX talk about what is it like speaking Irish as a second language. Join Bitesize Irish as a Grow member to get an invite to Bitesize Pobal. That’s our private online learning community to learn from others (and people may learn from you!). This includes Bitesize Beo regular conversation video calls, weekly members calls, and daily prompts to encourage ou to achieve Gaeilge Gach Lá. Some highlights from the episode: “I say I’m a fluent Irish speaker, without qualifying it”“There’s a spectrum of fluency”“You can’t compare your fluency in Irish and in English”“I’m a gorilla Irish teacher”“You have to take personal responsibility with a minority language”“It’s OK to take time”“Reinforce your learning with a mix of sources” Thanks to Tsukumo whose music appears on this episode. Record a question for the podcast. The post Podcast 123: Áine Gallagher first appeared on Bitesize Irish.
19 minutes | 3 months ago
Podcast 122: Zúm
How will you use the Zoom revolution to connect with others, as Gaeilge? Group video calls are now ubiquitous. There’s no-one stopping us from connecting with others. So start a Zoom call! Post a link. Find “the others”. If you’re on Bitesize Pobal as a Grow member, do this through Bitesize Beo calls, and even consider running your own Members Beo call. If you’re not in Bitesize Irish, you can find others locally, through connections, or just on social media platforms. There’s no-one there to stop you. How are you going to do this? Leave a reply below, and tell us how.The post Podcast 122: Zúm first appeared on Bitesize Irish.
25 minutes | 4 months ago
Podcast 121: Agallamh Baill le Melinda
Bitesize Irish member Melinda speaks with Aisling about her journey into Gaeilge. Melinda’s sustainable approach to diving into Gaeilge Gach Lá has always intrigued us. In this interview, you’ll hear how she approaches the learning process, which means she has been able to continue on the journey. Watch the video version of this interview on our blog. Become a Grow member of Bitesize Irish to also be part of Bitesize Pobal, our private online community. Or start small with free Taster membership, which includes our Gaeilge Gach Lá Toolkit course.The post Podcast 121: Agallamh Baill le Melinda first appeared on Bitesize Irish.
28 minutes | 4 months ago
Podcast 120: Using Your Abilities to Contribute
Adlerian psychology – indiviual psychology – is a holistic approach to understanding your motivations. It gives us a “guiding star” to use your abilities. In the book “The Courage to be Dislike” by Kishimi and Koga, they use a fabulous dialog to discuss the “individual psychology” laid out by Alfred Adler. He was a contemporary of Freud and Jung. Adlerian psychology is a psychology of use. That means to accept the abilities you have and to use them! That’s in contrast to getting stuck on which abilities you don’t have or what past you went through. Those stories are not helpful. Adlerian psychology is non-deterministic. If we lived in a deterministic world, then your past would define your future without leeway of change. But it’s possible to decide to change. So you end up using your abilities, rather than feeling in what you cannot do. It offers us a “guiding star” of contributing to others. So, use your abilities to speak the Irish language, whatever those abilities are, and use them to contribute to others. “Your existence implies the existence of others”. So we can extend that to decide that a language implies the existence of others. You’re not studying a language alone, but rather aiming to connect with others through that language. You’ll need to employ courage. The feeling of inferiority is a stimulant. It will make you feel like you need to get better. Use that tension, toward our inbuilt pursuit of superiority (to get better). If you start using your feeling of inferiority as an excuse, though, that becomes an inferiority complex which holds you back. The best approach forward is to strive to compensate for these feelings through growth. Life is not a competition. Visualise yourself as being on a level playing field with others. They may be ahead of you, and walking at a different speed, but we’re all on the journey together. If you feel like being judged by others (let’s say in your abilities in speaking Gaeilge), then you’re seeing others as your enemies ultimately. See everyone else as comrades. Don’t compare yourself to others. If you want any comparison, compare yourself to your best self. Tell yourself “I have the ability”, because you do. Don’t aim for goals. Live in the moment. “Dance earnestly”. Shine a bright light on the here and now, ignore the past and future as they don’t exist anymore or never did. Live this “energial” life. Life is made up of a sequence of dots of moments rather than a continous line from past to present to future. The goal of your interpersonal relationships should be a feeling of community. Your goal is to contribute to others (even if they don’t know you’re helping them!). Your very being is of value to others. Use your abilities to contribute to the community. Find a community where you feel like “having one’s refuge”. If you have a fear of being judged, you’re still being self-centered. You haven’t accepted yourself for who you are. Do you have any experience with this approach? For me, it spoke clearly back to points on which we speak about for achieving Gaeilge Gach Lá. Isn’t it better to dance and enjoy the journey, rather than being beat-up and aiming toward a tough goal?The post Podcast 120: Using Your Abilities to Contribute first appeared on Bitesize Irish.
36 minutes | 5 months ago
Podcast 119: Gaeilge Gach Lá le Peadar
This podcast episode was originally published as a video, check it out: Watch this episode’s videoThe post Podcast 119: Gaeilge Gach Lá le Peadar first appeared on Bitesize Irish.
24 minutes | 5 months ago
Podcast 118: Breithlá Sona Bitesize
In August 2010, Bitesize Irish went live to the world. Ten years on, Eoin reflects on the journey of a decade, and how that relates to learning the Irish language itself. Mentioned in the podcast: Bitesize Pobal private learning community is available to Bitesize Irish GROW members. Sign up for GROW.Gaeilge Gach Lá email series, featuring an ebook for achieving Gaeilge Gach Lá, plus resources including worksheets.The post Podcast 118: Breithlá Sona Bitesize first appeared on Bitesize Irish.
46 minutes | 6 months ago
Podcast 117: Agallamh le Siobhán
Siobhán, Áisitheoir & Teagascóir – Facilitator & Instructor at Bitesize Irish joins the podcast for this episode. You may recognise her from her many Bitesize Irish videos on YouTube, from our live Q&A sessions, and lesson walk-throughs. The conversation goes over some of Siobhán’s background, and then onto topics close to people’s hearts who are learning the Irish language – especially grammar! Also mentioned in the episode: Pádraig Mac PiaraisBeart to réir briathair (basically, practice what you preach)Hiberno-EnglishSign up to GROW membership of Bitesize Irish to get an invite to Bitesize Pobal, our private learning community online. It features Bitesize Beo conversation practice calls, which Siobhán runs weekly.The post Podcast 117: Agallamh le Siobhán first appeared on Bitesize Irish.
27 minutes | 6 months ago
Podcast 116: Act As If
Action informs identity, and identity informs action. We can take action even if we don’t know how to get “there” ultimately. For the Irish language, we can act as if we understand, by listening. Act as if we speak, by participating in conversation. Act as if we are practitioners, by making it part of everyday life. What does “acting as if” mean for you in your life, for learning Gaeilge? Mentioned in the episode: Sign up for GROW membership to access Bitesize Cúrsaí, Bitesize Pobal and Bitesize BeoRecord your question for the podcast on the podcast pageThe post Podcast 116: Act As If first appeared on Bitesize Irish.
45 minutes | 7 months ago
Podcast 115: Yoga agus Bitesize
Gabrielle and Eoin talk about the strong connections between Yoga and the Bitesize Irish approach to learning Irish: Gaeilge Gach Lá. Gabrielle is community manager at Bitesize Irish, and also a yoga instructor. She shares her years from over a decade of practicing yoga, which is intertwined with her time getting deeper into the Irish language day to day. Do you see other connections between yoga and learning the Irish language? Please leave a reply below with your insights. Also mentioned in the show: Ciara Ní É on TG4 – Saol Trí GhaeilgeAn Klondike on TG4Several Irish language GAA teams like Na Gaeil Óga and Gaeil na Gaillimhe.094 Gaeilge Gach Lá084 What if… CommunitySign up for Grow membership plan for Bitesize Irish, which gives you access to Bitesize Pobal, the private learning community that we discuss during the episode! It also includes Bitesize Beo weekly group conversations calls, and Bitesize Cúrsaí online courses to take in your own time. The post Podcast 115: Yoga agus Bitesize first appeared on Bitesize Irish.
13 minutes | 7 months ago
Podcast 114: Find the Beauty in the Irish Language
Does your Irish language journey feel difficult and frustrating? Do you feel lost, and that you’re beating yourself up? Turn into the beauty of immersing yourself in Gaeilge instead. The post Podcast 114: Find the Beauty in the Irish Language first appeared on Bitesize Irish.
20 minutes | 8 months ago
Podcast 113: Is Your Irish Language Here or There?
Assuming you don’t live in Ireland, we might also assume that you sometimes dream of visiting. Being in Ireland is a direct way to connect with the Irish language, and the landscapes and cities that hold it. But imagine if you never got to Ireland again, be it because of a coronavirus, or moreover the … Podcast 113: Is Your Irish Language Here or There? Read More » The post Podcast 113: Is Your Irish Language Here or There? first appeared on Bitesize Irish.
30 minutes | 9 months ago
Podcast 112: Leaflets and Time
Ramblings around… leaflets about COVID-19 that arrived now in the Irish language a few weeks after English ones… what the order of time and quantum physics means about learning a language… Thanks to Tsukumo whose music you hear on this episode under a creative commons license. Mentioned on the show: The Order of Time by … Podcast 112: Leaflets and Time Read More » The post Podcast 112: Leaflets and Time first appeared on Bitesize Irish.
24 minutes | 9 months ago
Podcast 111: Time to be Weird
First ever podcast from the garden shed. It’s time to be weird. Who really cares if you’re expressing yourself in Irish, connecting with people through Gaeilge? Also, is the Irish language only fo the good times? Should Ireland as a society pay for it when the economy tightens? And Bitesize Irish memberships have dropped in … Podcast 111: Time to be Weird Read More » The post Podcast 111: Time to be Weird first appeared on Bitesize Irish.
31 minutes | 10 months ago
Podcast 110: Corona Atá Tú?
Ramblings about Gaeilge and COVID-19. We hope this episode finds you in good health. Doctor referenced: Dr Micheal Ryan, Executive Director of the Health Emergencies Programme Blindboy Podcast, boi. The post Podcast 110: Corona Atá Tú? first appeared on Bitesize Irish.
11 minutes | 10 months ago
Podcast 109: Bathe Yourself in Irish
Sometimes immersing yourself in the Irish language isn’t the best approach. Perhaps it’s time to bathe in Irish. That’s immersion, plus relaxing, plus smiling. I HAVE SWAM WITH THE MONSTER IN GOUGANE BARRA LAKE AND I HAVE EMERGED UNSCATHED I HAVE BATHED IN THE SACRED, CRYSTAL WATERS OF THE LEE AND I HAVE BEEN SET … Podcast 109: Bathe Yourself in Irish Read More » The post Podcast 109: Bathe Yourself in Irish first appeared on Bitesize Irish.
22 minutes | a year ago
Podcast 108: Listeners’ Episode
Dana in Chicago and Svenja in German share their thoughts for this episode. Also mentioned: Our YouTube channel with Q&As Kerry of Clover English Podcast: “Irish or British?” Bitesize Irish Podcast episode 036 with Karen Reshkin in Chicago Unexpected Gaeilge on the Dingle Peninsula The post Podcast 108: Listeners' Episode first appeared on Bitesize Irish.
20 minutes | a year ago
Podcast 107: Who Do You Want To Be
In the book Atomic Habits, James Clear makes a few important points relevant to those of us who want to keep digging into the mastery of a skill, like speaking the Irish language: The effect of identity-based habits, by focussing on who you want to become The Plateau of Latent Potential Mastering a field by … Podcast 107: Who Do You Want To Be Read More » The post Podcast 107: Who Do You Want To Be first appeared on Bitesize Irish.
15 minutes | a year ago
Podcast 106: Talking to Strangers
The book “Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell relates to broad tensions in our societies today. It also strikes a particular chord with people interested in relating with others through more than their mother tongue. Eoin discusses this, and the recurring theme of how to pick up Irish language conversations (with strangers?). Mentioned in the … Podcast 106: Talking to Strangers Read More » The post Podcast 106: Talking to Strangers first appeared on Bitesize Irish.
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