September – December Classes Announced

Let's Learn Irish!
Let’s Learn Irish!

A chairde, with the summer edging ever closer to its conclusion, we find ourselves contemplating new challenges and adventures for the fall and winter. For some of you, the next months will hopefully involve continuing, or perhaps beginning, your study of one of Europe’s oldest languages, an Ghaeilge.

While our reasons for studying Irish may differ, we are all connected by our desire to speak and practice the language, which in turn keeps Irish alive and growing in our community. In the DMV region you can do this by speaking Irish with friends, coming to a local Meetup or by attending an Irish language class. On the first Wednesday of each month we host a free Meetup for students to meet and practice speaking Irish, and those events are posted on our Let’s Learn Irish Meetup page. This coming Saturday we are going on a sailing trip from Belle Haven Marina, and the following month we are hosting an Oíche Scannán/Movie Night! At our Meetups attendees are encouraged to speak Irish as much as possible, but all levels, including non-Irish speakers, are always welcome!

If you have never spoken Irish before then you will be glad to know that Introductory Irish classes are starting again in September. Intermediate and Ard Rang classes also resume, under the careful stewardship of Múinteoirí (teachers) Elaine and Justin! See below for class details and information on Early Bird offers…whatever inspires you to speak Irish, we hope to chat with you as Gaeilge soon!

New Classes in September

All students who sign up for September classes will be entered into a draw for free copies of an excellent booklet and CD we have called ‘BunGhaeilge’! This publication is an excellent resource for everyday Irish phrases and we highly recommend you get your hands on a copy!!

Register for classes by the end of August to enter our draw.
Register for classes to enter our draw!

Introductory Classes

Bí linn / Join us!
Bí linn / Join us!

Our new 8-week Introductory Irish course begins on Tuesday, Sept 8th and will run for 8 weeks. Early registration is advised. This 8-week course is offered twice annually, in January and September. Here we cover all the basics and prepare students for the Intermediate class. By the end of this course, students will be able to introduce themselves and talk about their family life, where they live, occupation, likes/dislikes, hobbies, numbers, tell the time, days of the week, describe how they feel and more! Classes will be taught by Múinteoir Elaine Kirby. Course fee includes class binder and notes.

Dates: Tues Sept 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27 (8 weeks). Time: 7:00 – 8:20pm.
Course fee: $299. Early Bird registration available until Aug 31st

Intermediate Classes

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Intermediate Class

Intermediate classes with Elaine begin on Thursday, Sept 10th and run for 6 weeks each. These classes are suitable for all students who have completed the 8-week Introductory course or a number of 1-day Intensives. Intermediate Course 1 will be offered in Sept/Oct, followed by Course 2 in Nov/Dec, with each course addressing new material. Students who register for Course 1&2 by Aug 31st can avail of a special discounted rate.

Course 1 Dates:
Thurs Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15 (6 classes). Time: 7:00 – 8:20pm.
Course fee: $199. Early Bird registration available until Aug 31st.

Course 2 Dates:
Thurs Oct 29, Nov 5, 12, 19 (no class Nov 26th), Dec 3, 10. Time: 7:00 – 8:20pm.
Course 1 & 2 special rate available until Aug 31st.

Ard Rang

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An Ard Rang

Leanann na ranganna seo ar feadh sé seachtaine, dírithe ar dhaltaí le leibhéal measartha ard acu sa Ghaeilge, le Múinteoir Justin Foley.

Cúrsa 1:
Thurs Sept 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22 (6 classes). Time: 7:00 – 8:20pm.
Course fee: $199. Early Bird registration available until Aug 31st.

Cúrsa 2:
Thurs Oct 29, Nov 5, 12, 19 (no class Nov 26th), Dec 3, 10. Time: 7:00 – 8:20pm.
Course 1 & 2 special rate available until Aug 31st.

You can read more about our múinteoirí (teachers) Elaine and Justin on our About page. All classes take place in the Chevy Chase Pavilion, directly above Friendship Heights Metro (see Location for further details).

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