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PostPosted: Wed 27 Sep 2017 9:29 pm 
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Hello everyone! Thanks for allowing me to be part of this wonderful forum. I wish my Irish were at a level where I could introduce myself confidently, but I know that will come -- I just started studying a couple of weeks ago. My name is Dean (for now... see below), and I live in California. As an adoptee, I didn't really know anything about my biological family or my heritage until doing some genealogy research and DNA testing within the last ten or so years, and as it turns out, I'm mainly Irish, with some bits and pieces of French, English, German and "Scandinavian" tossed in. I've always been a language aficionado, so when confronted with the challenge of studying Irish, I jumped at it. It's tough, but so fun and rewarding. Also, I adore traditional Irish music, and since I already play violin, I'd like to learn to play some real Irish fiddle music.

Now I know that for many people, this may seem extreme, but I'm seriously considering changing my name at some point. Now that both of my (adopted) parents have passed away, I don't feel a connection any longer to that family -- Dean was my adopted father's AND grandfather's name, but somehow it's always felt alien to me. So, old as I am, I feel the need to "re-brand" myself. Anyway... maybe others on here have experienced something similar, and can help guide me -- we can talk about that in other topics, as I understand this is just for introductions. As for what actual name to use, at least as far as a first name is concerned, I'm leaning toward Seán (not counting the fada, it's just one letter off from my pre-existing name).

Slán agus beannachtaí libh!


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Welcome to the forum Dean/Seán. :wave:


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PostPosted: Tue 17 Oct 2017 3:05 pm 
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Thank you! As it turns out, I did in fact file papers on Friday with the court to change my name! So, Seán it is. So excited!


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PostPosted: Wed 18 Oct 2017 6:48 pm 
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CláirseachBuí wrote:
Thank you! As it turns out, I did in fact file papers on Friday with the court to change my name! So, Seán it is. So excited!


Hi Seán,

That's quite an entry! Myself, I'm an Irishman abroad and I've learned three languages as an adult that I can speak almost fluently and two others that I speak way better than Irish, so I'd call myself a language aficionado too.

My motivation is that I've a young son and I want him to feel Irish, so I'm using the Colloquial Irish book on my own and singing the songs of the Futa Fata songbooks "Gugalaí Gug" and "Peigín Leitir Móir" with my son. I've picked Connacht Irish as the easiest dialect to learn, because of the materials available.

Do you have a plan for how you'll learn Irish, or have you started? With what materials? I'm very interested to know. I see a lot of posts by people starting to learn Irish, but not everyone knows what it takes to really learn a language.

Best of luck in any case,

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PostPosted: Fri 20 Oct 2017 9:48 pm 
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Hello all,

I'm brand spanking new to learning Irish. I have very strong Irish ancestry, but have just recently had the desire to learn Irish. One of the reasons that I have never pursued learning it is that I was under the impression that no one spoke it anymore and that learning it would be as useful as learning how to speak Klingon. Much to my pleasant surprise, I learned that there is a great number of people in Ireland that still speak it fluently and on a daily basis.

Another reason that I thought I would like to learn Irish is to be able to understand it when I hear it spoken in films and television shows. I'm sure you're all aware of the four part BBC miniseries called, "The Hanging Gale." I love it and have wanted to show it to my father, but have not been able to find english subtitles for him to be able to understand them when they are speaking english. He has a difficult time understanding accents that are not from the U.S..

Last night, I decided to create .srt subtitle files so that my father can enjoy the series and to upload them to the major subtitle downloading sites for others to enjoy as well. I would like to include accurate translations to the Irish that is spoken as well as the spellings of what they are speaking. I would rather not just insert, "(Speaking in Irish Language)" every time they are speaking Irish.

If anyone would like to help me with this, I would be very grateful. I can create video or audio clips of all of the parts that are spoken in Irish and up[load them wherever it would be most convenient. Please let me know if any of you are interested.

I look forward to meeting and learning from the members here and helping with anything that I can.

Sincerely and respectfully,
Fiddlestix H. McWhiskers


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PostPosted: Fri 20 Oct 2017 10:31 pm 
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I've never seen that series, Fiddlestix, but I'd like to see it, and would be happy to help with translations. I'm not a native speaker, but know my abilities well enough to know when to ask for help from others. A while back, I helped out with some lines from the movie The Eagle (Jamie Bell and Channing Tatum) for which the movie didn't have subtitles. Some lines were in Irish and some in Scottish Gaelic, and it was fun figuring them out. It would probably be good if you could post video clips in a dedicated thread in the main part of the forum, so others could also listen and help out. I'm not sure how that's done, but I think you have to post the clips elsewhere and then put a link in your message here.

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PostPosted: Sat 21 Oct 2017 12:09 am 
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CaoimhínSF wrote:
It would probably be good if you could post video clips in a dedicated thread in the main part of the forum, so others could also listen and help out. I'm not sure how that's done, but I think you have to post the clips elsewhere and then put a link in your message here.

I'll work on making the clips and I'll post them to youtube. The subtitling process takes much longer than I expected. It has taken me almost an entire day to do about 20 minutes, but I think I'm getting faster as I learn.


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PostPosted: Sat 21 Oct 2017 3:08 am 
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CaoimhínSF wrote:
It would probably be good if you could post video clips in a dedicated thread in the main part of the forum, so others could also listen and help out. I'm not sure how that's done, but I think you have to post the clips elsewhere and then put a link in your message here.

Per your suggestion, I have created a new thread with all the info and a quickly made video uploaded to YouTube. I hope this will be something fun for everyone.

Sincerely and respectfully,
Fiddlestix H. McWhiskers


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PostPosted: Sun 29 Oct 2017 11:09 am 
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Hi all,

I am a Frenchman having Celtic ancestors (Brittany). I'm very interested with the cultures of the Celtic nations. I have an old dream... to go in Eire.

For this time, I'm here to discover a part of Ireland through its language and I need help for translations too.

Have a nice day.


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