Irish Language Courses and Dictionaries

Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced learner of Irish, we have compiled a list of the most popular Irish language coursebooks, audio CDs and dictionaries on Amazon to help you on your journey to learning Gaeilge.

Irish Language Courses

The most popular and highly rated Irish language course books and audio CDs for learning Irish

Buntús Cainte: Part 1, 2 and 3 (6 CDs)

One of the most successful Irish courses ever and in continual demand since the 1960s. The material from the original recordings has been remastered and is now available on 6 audio CDs attached to this book.

Learning Irish: Text with DVD

This book and its accompanying DVD teaches Irish as spoken natively in the Connemara Gaeltacht. The learner is assisted in mastering the pronunciation by the use of phonetic spelling and by the related audio recordings.

Progress in Irish: A Graded Course for Beginners

This is a well-known old classic in Irish language instruction. It is a simple, uncomplicated introduction with no frills text. The answers in the text can be purchased separately or found online.

Irish for Beginners (Book+CD)

This is an easy and fun way to start learning Irish. The course avoids unnecessary grammatical complications and, by emulating real-life everyday situations, encourages the student to speak Irish from the very first lesson.

Complete Irish Beginner (Book+CD)

The best-selling complete course for a fun and effective way to learn Irish. Most effective when used in conjunction with the corresponding book sold separately.

Step-by-Step Irish: Workbook for Beginners

This workbook not only covers grammatical concepts, but Irish vocabulary and pronunciation are introduced as well. Exercises at the end of each lesson ensure that readers comprehend what has been taught.

Gaeilge Gan Stro! - Beginners Level Irish (4 CDs)

Suitable for those who know no Irish or who only know a few basic sentences. The emphasis is on developing speaking and listening skills but students are also given opportunities to read and write the language.

Speak Irish Now

Designed to get you speaking Irish quickly and effectively, even if you have little or no experience with foreign languages. With over 200 short and powerful lessons, it will teach you the building blocks of Irish.

Pimsleur Irish (CD)

Units 1-10 provide an introduction to Irish with 10 thirty-minute lessons . With this product you start from zero, learning first survival phrases and vocabulary, then progressing to speaking and understanding at a functional level.

Living Language Irish, 3 Coursebooks, 9 CDs

3 Books: 46 lessons, additional review exercises, culture notes, and a grammar summary, plus a bonus notebook. Vocabulary, dialogues, audio exercises, and more.

Irish Dictionaries

The most popular Irish dictionaries on the market, indispensable to your Irish language learning journey

Ó Dónaill Irish-English Dictionary

The daddy of Irish-English dictionaries that everyone should have in their collection. If you are serious about learning Irish this is an essential buy.

De Bhaldraithe English-Irish Dictionary

This is by far the most comprehensive English-Irish dictionary you can find in print today. It was originally written at the end of the 1950s and has been updated through editorial revisions and an addendum with newer terms.

English-Irish/Irish-English Pocket Dictionary

Focloir Póca is a fantastic little 512-page dictionary suitable for both absolute beginners and advanced learners. It even has the IPA pronunciation of the Irish words, which other dictionaries lack. Text is very small though so not for the visually challenged.

Irish-English Compact Dictionary

This is a pocket-sized dictionary. The print is small but legible and the dictionary is well organised. It is a good companion for new students of Irish, but a more extensive, full-sized volume will likely be desired in the long run.

Collins Easy Learning Irish Dictionary

Designed for learners of Irish, whether you are learning at school or in an evening class. The entries cover everyday Irish (including all essential set expressions) so that you can be sure of having all the vocabulary you need.

The Pocket Oxford Irish Dictionary

The reference for anyone writing, studying, or working in Irish today. With over 100,000 words, phrases and translations, it is suitable for student, traveller, and general user. The volume also includes a 40-page supplement on Irish grammar.

Collins Irish Dictionary (Collins Gem)

Offering excellent coverage of today's language and usage, this dictionary's clear presentation and color layout allow maximum accessibility in a handy, take-anywhere format. Designed to give learners of Irish all the information they need in a handy, take-anywhere format.