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Apart from Athens, Greece, where else is Irish being taught on the European continental mainland? There are various lists on the internet, some of which seem to be out of date, such as the Daltaí listing and the an even older Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (SMA)

Apart from Athens, Greece, where else is Irish being taught on the European continental mainland? There are various lists on the internet, some of which seem to be out of date, such as the Daltaí listing and the an even older Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (SMA) list , which in effect is a history of Irish-language teaching in Europe since the early 1990s.

Adult learners of Irish can now prove their proficiency in the language by taking the new TEG (Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge/ The European Certificate in Irish ) examinations, which are linked to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework for Language Assessment .

At the moment, the exams are only being offered in Ireland (Maynooth, Donegal, Galway and Cork), which, unfortunately, means that foreign learners of Irish would have to travel to Ireland to sit the examination. As exams have to be held on the same day, perhaps the difficulty in holding the examinations abroad is one of logistics.
In any case, all six Greeks learning Irish in Athens are very interested in the exams and are very keen on taking them. As it costs €100 to sit the exam , surely the combined fees (€600) in this case would go most of the way of paying an examiner to come to Athens!

There’s a great little song in Irish (based on a folktale) called “Dé Luain, Dé Máirt,” in which a crippled man called Donal Bocht Cam (Poor, Twisted Donal) rescues a group of fairies from the monotony of singing “ Monday, Tuesday, Monday, Tuesday ” in Irish over and over by supplying the Irish word for Wednesday.

The fairies reward Donal by removing the hump from his back and sending him on his way healthy and sound ( not a typical result of encounters with Irish fairies , which tend, on the whole, to be rather unpleasant creatures!).

You may never encounter a group of fairies stuck on repeat, but, if you’re learning Irish (or thinking about learning it), it’s always useful to know the days of the week (and how to use them properly).

Apart from Athens, Greece, where else is Irish being taught on the European continental mainland? There are various lists on the internet, some of which seem to be out of date, such as the Daltaí listing and the an even older Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (SMA) list , which in effect is a history of Irish-language teaching in Europe since the early 1990s.

Adult learners of Irish can now prove their proficiency in the language by taking the new TEG (Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge/ The European Certificate in Irish ) examinations, which are linked to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework for Language Assessment .

At the moment, the exams are only being offered in Ireland (Maynooth, Donegal, Galway and Cork), which, unfortunately, means that foreign learners of Irish would have to travel to Ireland to sit the examination. As exams have to be held on the same day, perhaps the difficulty in holding the examinations abroad is one of logistics.
In any case, all six Greeks learning Irish in Athens are very interested in the exams and are very keen on taking them. As it costs €100 to sit the exam , surely the combined fees (€600) in this case would go most of the way of paying an examiner to come to Athens!

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