Irish Grammar App

by admin on 15/09/2014

Irish Grammar AppIrish Grammar (Gramadach na Gaeilge) is a relatively new app that is available for both Apple and Android devices. It presents grammar rules section by section, explaining the rules in simple English, followed by practice quizzes at the end of each section. There are more than 1,000 grammar exercises contained in these quizzes. At the end of each quiz, a summary and explanation of answers is given.

The app covers a wide range of Irish grammar including

The Past Tense (An Aimsir Chaite)
The Present Tense (An Aimsir Láithreach)
The Future Tense (An Aimsir Fháistineach)
The Conditional Tense An Modh Coinníollach)
Numbers (Na hUimhreacha)
Possessive Adjective (An Aidiacht Shealbhach)
Lenition & Eclipsis (Séimhiú agus Urú)
Irregular Verbs (Na Briathra Neamhrialta)
The Copula (An Chopail)
Prepositions (Na Réamhfhocail)
Useful Phrases and Sayings (Nathanna Úsáideacha agus Seanfhocail)

It’s always great to see a new app for Gaeilge come on the market, especially when there are so few available. Although primary pupils are mentioned in the iTunes blurb about the app, I do feel that a lot of the app may be a little above primary school pupils.

However, I think that this would be a great app for primary teachers as a teacher resource and reference. I certainly learned some rules from the app that I either didn’t know or had been unsure about for years. For this reason, I think that this app would be great for teachers in their lesson planning and preparation.

This app is available for iPad and iPhone/iTouch on the iTunes store. An Android version is also available on the Google Play store, both costing €3.59.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Múinteoir September 16, 2014 at 12:17 am

I’ve been looking at this and considering it. But just wondering…

1. How is it different from a book? Is it just a digital version of a grammar book? Or does the App correct you as you go along?

2. It seems pretty similar to Edco’s Is féidir leat website (gifl dot edco dot ie). Is it better/ worse than this (if you’re familiar with the site)?

Thanks for the review!

Kati Whittingham September 17, 2014 at 9:01 pm

It’s different from a book insofar as it’s interactive! If your student inserts the wrong answer the app will tell them. I have been looking for an app like this. It’s much better than Is féidir leat in my opinion because of its interactive element. It’s ideal for the early finishers who are looking for something to keep them busy!

Múinteoir September 22, 2014 at 2:33 pm

I’ve looking into the App and it seems exactly the same as your average grammar book – just in App form. The Is féidir leat site also tells you if you’re wrong. I’m only asking because our students have spent a fortune on ebooks and iPads and we’re trying to find resources that are free. We would happily pay for this App if it was in some way different (other than being interactive).

Kati Whittingham September 22, 2014 at 5:48 pm

I see what you mean about it being the same as a grammar book with regards to explaining rules etc. but I have found in the past, with a grammar book when students write their answer they don’t know if they are right or wrong. However, with this app, the students can keep trying until they get the correct answer without taking up teachers time telling them if they are correct or not. I was just looking at Is féidir leat again, it seems to be very different from the Irish Grammar App in that it covers different areas like sraith pictúirí etc. I suppose it really depends on what you’re looking for for your students, this app is solely for grammar. It seems to be a popular one, it was the number one download in Education apps last week. Good luck in your search!

Múinteoir September 22, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Kati, are you a friend of the App creator? Be honest now.

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