Here’s a round-up of scenes from our Irish language hunting weekend. We had countless conversation games immersed in Irish over the 3 days. Our next weekend is coming up February 28th – March 2nd 2014. We hope to see you there! Check here to register.
Here’s a sneak peek at our upcoming play support materials. Make sure you look at the free ebook, “Getting Started with Language Hunting”, so you are up to date on where the craft of language hunting is going.
Here you can see scenes from our last Irish language event this past April. This summer’s Irish Camp will look very similar, and we’ll be rolling out and implementing at least 4 new innovations to the language hunting system -
- An improved Bucket Brigade involving separate tables for players at the 1 Q&A, 2 Q&A, and 3 Q&A levels of conversational exchanges.
- The most recent iteration of the map of the Language Hunter’s Journey
- New rules for organizing your own games – the Tree Diagram of Language
- New rules for getting “over the hump” from Intermediate to Advanced – while staying in the flow of fluency!
To register for this summer’s Irish camp, follow this link. We look forward to seeing you there!
I'm in my third week here in Conamara and for those of you who don't know, Conamara is a region that stretches (roughly) from west by northwest of Galway town to Leenan along the coast and is bordered on the east by Loch Corrib and Lock Mask. I was supposed to go out to Carna for a spell to visit with Mícheál Ó Cuaig but he has surgery on his leg and I thought it best to leave him to recover without a stranger in his house!
Another long silence and my apologies. Traveling around Europe while having fun is simply not conducive to keeping up on my blog. It has been three weeks since I posted last and in that time I have traveled to the Isle of Man, London and Berlin bookended with stays in Conamara (western Co. Galway). I'd like to focus on the Isle of Man in this post.
I must first apologize for the silence as of late as I have been sick. In fact, I've been sick since right around xmas and since I've been traveling for nearly as long, my poor little immune system couldn't keep up the fight. I've had an unrelenting cough ever since I struggled back to life after my bout with flu in the States.
This was an interesting read! Aside from the drama, the mention of two linguistic theories really lit a fire in my mind--those of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, which suggests that language shapes our experienced reality and the Conceptual Metaphor theory established by George Lakoff at UC-Berkeley, which states that the way we think and act is metaphorical in nature.
I've been thinking much on the extent to which the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis applies in Irish (most linguists would accept a "weaker" understanding of it).
Several projects going on here in Muskerry, the cultural region where I'be been for roughly a week and a half now. Yesterday, I made a visit to the local naíonra (daycare center) in Béal Átha 'n Ghaorthaidh to play music for the children and to seek out the possibility of returning to collect poems, sayings and songs that they utilize in their curriculum.
I thought I had my sleep sorted out last night but it's (apparently) the time my brain prefers to process and plan. :-/ Anyhow, all sorts of things popped up today. I woke up at a decent hour (10 a.m.) and made my way to the local naíolann (with Síle and her grandaughter), which funny enough in the dialect of west Cork would be understood as the laundromat.