For a long while I struggled with the importance of learning Irish Gaeilge to my devotion to the paganism of my Irish heritage. Firstly the written form of Gaelic languages are very odd. Secondly there were so many substandard resources out there. Eventually, I got lucky, someone on Gael Naofa referred me to an Irish conversation club in my area and after a few months of meeting with them I learnt from them of an Irish tutor with affordable rates in my area and evening curses.
After six months of study with the tutor, I can greet Brighid in her own language and say thank you. This is no small feat, Brighid can be pronounced a dozen ways based on what words are before and after it, it’s context and so on. I can also say a few other phrases. Has it altered my world view? yes. Is it hard to learn a new language? Yes. But it is worth it, and if you are dedicated to the pagan roots of your heritage it will do you good to learn a little of the language. And even though tapes didn’t work for me, they do help a lot of people and they are still a good way to start.
The above lessons are by my teacher, this is similar to what we do in the group. By learning to drink tea together in Gaeilge, we learn one of the major daily cultural events of Irish people and it helps us not only learn the language but its context in culture.
These lessons are also interesting and use the same idea of immersion to teach Gaeilge.