Get Active ‘as Gaeilge’!

A chairde, there are so many new ways to get busy using your Irish language skills in Washington DC – nach bhfuil muid gnóthach! Here we have news on an upcoming TEG test for Irish learners, a fun St. Patrick’s Day meet-up, a 1-Day Introductory Irish class and Féile na Gaeilge 2018 – read below for all the deets!

Take the TEG A1 Test in DC!

Ever wanted to test out your ‘cúpla focal’? Ever wanted to get an internationally-recognised Irish language qualification? All students of Irish have until this coming Friday, March 16th, to register for the TEG A1 exam! That’s just a few days away! With sufficient numbers we will be able to run the A1 TEG test on May 19th 2018 in DC for the very first time! If you’ve been studying Irish for one year or more, then we highly recommend sitting this test. Completing the TEG A1 exam will allow you to assess your language progress, identify areas for development, and also help guide you towards achieving greater fluency. We need a few more registrations to make this happen, so please consider signing up now! Preparation classes for TEG continue each Wednesday and Thursday evening, and we will also run some mock oral exams during the Féile na Gaeilge events (Apr 1- 6th)! For more info, registration details and sample oral exams, go to: If you have any questions, just contact us or call into one of our evening classes this week.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig / St. Patrick’s Day

The day after TEG A1 registration closes, we have Lá Fhéile Pádraig! What better way to celebrate Ireland’s national festival than by meeting fellow Gaeilgeoirí in the capital for a Tóraíocht Taisce (Scavenger Hunt)?! Join us at 3pm on Saturday, March 17th in the atrium of the National Portrait Gallery for a fun, 60-minute virtual scavenger hunt! Sounds like fun, right? This mobile adventure will challenge you to use your Irish to find important Irish-related sites around the city and give you a taster for one of the activities we have planned for Féile na Gaeilge in April. Register online here and we’ll send you the info…and be sure to bring your smartphone!

1-Day Introductory Irish Intensive

In just over 2 weeks, on April 1st, Easter Sunday, we will be offering a 1-Day Introductory Irish class! Sometimes it can be hard to commit to a weekly evening course, so why not try to get jump-started with a full-on, one-day intensive Irish class?! This class will have you ready to introduce yourself and talk about family life, where you live, what you do, hobbies, tell the time and more ‘as Gaeilge’! Class size is limited, so register early. Discount available for seniors, students and family members. We’ll see you in class soon – beidh fáilte romhat!

Féile na Gaeilge 2018 – An Irish Language Festival in DC

We’re getting very excited for the return of Féile na Gaeilge, Washington DC’s very own Irish language festival, which will take place Apr 1st – 6th! We like to run these free workshops and classes so that learners in the capital have an opportunity to come together and learn and speak ‘as Gaeilge’ in a variety of fun settings. We’ve got a song workshop, a scavenger hunt, a movie night, a student night, a pop-up Gaeltacht, and even a naughty Irish night, all in store for free! There will also be an emphasis on novel educational technologies too. Much appreciated if you pencil in some (or all) of these events for your April diary and come out and support us in Friendship Heights. Registration for events opens March 18th, and you’ll find the schedule listed below and at

Sun 1st: Amhráin as Gaeilge (Song Workshop)
Áit: Chevy Chase Pavilion, Friendship Heights, DC. 7 – 8:30pm. Free entry.
Following on from our very successful Christmas event, Liam Ó Casaide is back with another much-anticipated workshop in Irish song, this time on Easter Sunday! We will be covering a range of old classics and newer songs, followed by refreshments and a chance to chat with fellow language learners and teachers. We’ll also be taking names of anyone interested in participating in our Christmas Choir for later in the year. Early registration advised.

Mon 2nd: Naughty Irish Night
Áit: Chevy Chase Pavilion, Friendship Heights, DC. 7 – 8:30pm. Free entry.
Curses, insults or making out, we got you covered! We’ll be teaching the best lines for making up, breaking up, and picking-up ‘as Gaeilge’, as well as other choice phrases. 18+ only, not for the faint-hearted ?

Tues 3rd: Oíche na Mac Léinn (Student Night)
Áit: Chevy Chase Pavilion, Friendship Heights, DC. 7 – 8:30pm. Free entry.
Beidh cur i láthair ó na mic léinn atá ag freastal ar ranganna i rith na bliana / Presentations from students on topics of interest to them, as well as mock oral exams for TEG exam applicants.

Wed 4th: Tóraíocht Taisce (Scavenger Hunt)
Áit: To be announced. 6 – 8pm. Free entry.
A mobile adventure field-trip ‘as Gaeilge’ in downtown Washington DC! Expect a hands-on demonstration of brand new educational technologies and a virtual scavenger hunt! Bring a charged-up smartphone and get active ‘as Gaeilge’!

Thur 5th: Oíche Scannáin (Movie Night)
Áit: Chevy Chase Pavilion, Friendship Heights, DC. 7 – 8:30pm. Free entry.
An Irish language movie suitable for all age groups (with English subtitles) will be screened. Refreshments served.

Fri 6th: PopUp Gaeltacht!
Áit: Hoban’s, Dupont Circle, DC. 6:30 – 8pm. Free entry.
We finish off our festival week with a social event in the centre of the city! The aim of the Pop Up Gaeltacht is to give Irish speakers and friends of the language an opportunity to share a few drinks and speak the language. Fáilte roimh chách!

For further updates, lean orainn ar Twitter agus Facebook. Also, see our article, The 12 Best Free Resources for Learning Irish, for additional Irish learning resources.

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