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Irish for Beginners 1: Simple Conversations


Admission requirements

Acquaintance with the elementary terminology of phonetics and syntaxis.


Irish is a fascinating but complicated language with an extensive history. This course will introduce students to the pronunciation and in particular to the basics of grammar and vocabulary of Modern Irish (the Munster dialect of the Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry), by concentrating on understanding and producing simple sentences.

Course objectives

Knowledge of and insight into the basic aspects of Modern Irish pronunciation and sentence structure, the ability to understand and produce simple sentences, as well as some knowledge of Irish culture.


The timetable will be available by June 1st on the website

Mode of instruction

13 weekly seminar sessions of 3 hours each.

Assessment method

Exclusively on the basis of active participation in class, including the preparation of oral assignments.


Not used.

Reading list

  • Wim Tigges, Tosach Gaeilge: Irish for Beginners; to be obtained from the tutor during the first meeting.

  • Foclóir Scoile: Irish English / English-Irish Dictionary (Dublin: An Gúm; to be ordered collectively via the tutor during the course).


Students should register through uSis. Exchange students cannot register through uSis, but must see the director of studies and register with her. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail:
Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte
Registration Contractonderwijs


Departmental Office English Language and Culture, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; mail:
Co-ordinator of Studies: Ms T.D. Obbens, MA, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.


This course cannot be upgraded to MA level.