This morning I had my first, three hour long tutorial with the Atlantic Gaelic Academy. I chose to start with the beginner’s course, because, despite having already done some study, I just don’t feel confident speaking Gaelic. I’m glad I did. I had known my pronunciation (i.e. accent/blas) wasn’t good, because I could hear the difference between what I was hearing, and what I was saying.
I’m so glad I decided to take the course. Although my translation skills are good at this level, my accent was indeed poor, and our tutor spent considerable time ensuring we could produce the correct sounds. I had picked up some rather bad habits from my earlier studies, so going over the sounds, and unlearning and learning properly those I had been enunciating incorrectly was a pleasure. I think knowing that I wasn’t producing the rights sounds to be understood when speaking contributed to my lack of confidence in having conversations. I think this course with the Atlantic Gaelic Academy will help build my confidence.
I look forward to my next tutorial, especially since I will have time to do the homework from now on.