Irish for me was hit and miss. I had the vocabulary, the general tenses and I could listenâ€¦. But I just couldnâ€™t think in Irish. I would always translate from English to Irishâ€¦ always think in English first. That shows I wasnâ€™t a fluent speaker, I couldnâ€™t therefore â€˜bluffâ€™ Irish like I could perhaps most other subjects. If I didnâ€™t understand a question â€“ I was banjaxed. The listening and oral are usually easy, solid marks. They are the things you bank on.
What you have to learnâ€¦. (42%)
Itâ€™s not black and white as some people simply just have to learn everything off (even essays, oral work etcâ€¦), and pray to god it comes up but in general…..basically ALL of paper 2 is learning. Poetry, stories, dramaâ€™s, historyâ€¦ all of that stuff. Like I said, you canâ€™t really bluff this if you donâ€™t have the Irish; it requires cold, hard work. Also a good half of the oral is all about learning-off stuffâ€¦ about yourself, location, family etcâ€¦
What you can bluffâ€¦ (58%)
Although I say 58% can be bluffed, it canâ€™t, unless youâ€™re almost fluent in Irish. Having said thatâ€¦ you canâ€™t really learn for the essay (17%), the reading comprehensions (12%), the listening (17%) and a good half of the oral (about 12%). Most of that lot requires natural brains and lingo, which most of us lack. Bluffing Irish, or any foreign language (not foreign, but you know what I mean) for that matter is very difficult if you donâ€™t have the natural vocabulary.
Irish is one of the toughest subjects to bluff for most of us â€˜English speaking peopleâ€™. In order to bluff, you need to be able to write in a manner which suggests you know your stuff. Itâ€™s difficult to bluff in a language youâ€™re not fluent in. Therefore I recommend Irish be given some serious â€˜hard workâ€™ time as itâ€™s not a subject you can afford to bluff. Either that, or drop to Ordinary Level Irish in order to take some weight of your shoulders.