Newsletter #40: September 2017

Ten tough grammar teasers

Please scroll down to attempt this month’s grammar quiz. (Please note that questions are in Irish only.)

If you’re often tormented by grammar questions and if you’re keen to improve your standard of written Irish and gain a better understanding of some of the language’s more complex rules, maybe you’d be interested in doing the Intensive Preparatory Course in Written Irish this autumn. The course focuses on grammatical accuracy, writing style and translation skills. There’s also be an emphasis on the technological resources available in Irish, including those that are online.

The Intensive Preparatory Course in Written Irish begins on Saturday, 9 September, and continues until December. The course fee is €450.

Course participants will do most of the coursework on Gaelchultúr’s e-learning website,, where they will have access to interactive exercises, videos and comprehensive notes. One-day workshops are also organised on four different Saturdays during the course, in Dublin city centre (these are not compulsory, however). In addition to that, participants can submit homework by email and they receive comprehensive feedback within one week.

Gaelchultúr has been running this programme since 2010 and it has been undertaken so far by over 440 people, from all corners of Ireland and also from as far away as Australia, England, France, Switzerland and the United States.

In terms of the standard, the course is suitable for people who already have a good standard of Irish but who wish to brush up on their written Irish and improve their translation skills. It’s good preparation too for people who are considering applying for a postgraduate Irish course (Gaelchultúr’s Dioplóma Iarchéime san Aistriúchán, for example) but who feel that they don’t have the required standard in the language. It’s also suitable for those working through Irish on a daily basis – journalists, teachers, civil servants and translators, for example.

For further information about the Preparatory Course, please ring Gaelchultúr on (01) 484 5220 or write to To download the course brochure, please click here.

If you feel that the above course is not suitable for you, please visit in order to see the wide range of courses we provide. And don’t forget that you can do a course online on as well!