Specially written by experienced teachers, this is an easy to use and completely up-to-date course which provides a step-by-step approach to spoken and written Irish with no prior knowledge of the language required. This new edition offers updated cultural references and new audio material accompanying the course.

What makes Colloquial Irish your best choice in personal language learning?

  • emphasis on the language of East Connemara, with a clear pronunciation guide and an appendix on dialectal differences within Irish
  • stimulating exercises with lively illustrations
  • effective combination of language points, dialogues and cultural information
  • Irish/English and English/Irish word lists.

By the end of this rewarding course, you will be able to communicate confidently and effectively in Irish in a broad range of everyday situations.

New audio material for this edition is available to download free in MP3 format from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.



1. Ag cur aithne ar dhaoine
Getting to know people

2. Ag caint fút féin
Talking about yourself

3. Ag caint faoin teaghlach
Talking about the family

4. Ag lorg eolais faoi lóistín
Seeking information about lodgings

5. Ag caint faoi chaithimh aimsire
Speaking about pastimes

6. Ag cur síos ar imeachtaí an lae
Describing events of the day

7. Ag caint faoi na scileanna atá agat
Talking about the skills that you have

8. Ag cur síos ar chúrsaí oibre
Describing employment situations

9. Bia, Deoch agus Ceol
Food, Drink and Music

10. Sláinte

11. Éadaí agus siopadóireacht
Clothes and shopping

12. Laethanta saoire agus taisteal
Vacation and travel

13. Orduithe

14. Ag déanamh socruithe
Making arrangements

Grammar summary

Dialect appendix

Key to exercises

Dialogue translations

Irish—English glossary

English—Irish glossary