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Irish for Beginners 2: Passive Irish


Admission requirements

Completion of the course Irish for Beginners 1. If necessary, knowledge of Irish acquired by other means can be evaluated on the basis of an oral entrance examination.


This course will complete the knowledge of Irish syntax acquired in the first semester course. This knowledge, including the more complex aspects, will also be put into practice by reading a simple Modern Irish text.

Course objectives

Full knowledge of and insight into every aspect of Modern Irish syntax, and a vocabulary of about 1,200 words. Completion of this course will enable students to read simple texts in Irish by themselves, and to continue their study of this language independently.


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

Mode of instruction

13 weekly 3-hour seminars.

Assessment method

Active participation in class and a written translation test (Irish into English or Dutch) with the help of a dictionary will contribute for 50% each to the final mark.


No Blackboard.

Reading list

  • Wim Tigges, Tosach Gaeilge: Irish for Beginners.

  • Foclóir Scoile: Irish English / English-Irish Dictionary (Dublin: An Gúm).

  • Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé, Is Glas Iad na Cnoic (Dublin: Coiscéim, to be ordered collectively via the tutor).


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
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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.