This is the fourth edition of Gaelchultúr’s best-selling grammar book, which has sold over 17,000 copies since it was first published in 2008. In this new expanded edition, the book has been updated to adhere to An Caighdeán Oifigiúil (The Standard of Irish) 2016 and it focuses on some of the elements of Irish Grammar not dealt with in the previous edition. Additional exercises have also been provided.
The author sought to simplify many of the rules and recommendations contained in An Caighdeán Oifigiúil and to present them in clear, accessible language.
Gramadach gan Stró! is aimed at those who have already achieved a reasonable standard of spoken Irish but who wish to improve their grammar. It is suitable for those who don’t usually understand grammar books and who find complicated rules confusing.
This book does not attempt to give detailed information about Irish language grammar; instead, the author focuses on the core aspects of that grammar and presents explanations in as few words as possible. Complicated terminology is avoided and plenty of examples are given in order to illustrate the various points.
There is a strong emphasis in the book on daily usage and information is given regarding the differences between written Irish and the forms that are heard in everyday speech. Each unit contains a range of exercises, the answers to which are available at the back of the book. This will greatly benefit the user as (s)he seeks to gain an understanding of the various rules.
An online interactive accuracy in Irish course, based on the book, is available at www.ranganna.com.
A sample unit is available here: Aonad 7: An Aidiacht 1 (An Aidiacht san Uatha agus san Iolra)