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The Irish Language Hunt is a game for rapidly becoming fluent in Gaeilge via conversational play, learned in a series of short videos.

Imagine you could become fluent in any language you wanted to - in a matter of hours and days, rather than months and years.

Now imagine you could do this by playing a game, and teach all your friends and family to speak the same way.

Welcome to LANGUAGE HUNTING.

We are Language Hunters - Willem Larsen, Brían Ó hAirt, Maggie Hawk, Johnny Spathas, Anastasia Green, Norah Zaharakis, and Drew Callister, the staff and interns of a small non-profit based in Portland, OR. We're determined to help save endangered languages through developing family conversation games that anyone can play. The Irish language (Gaeilge) has been determined to be "definitively endangered" by UNESCO. We're creating this video series to do something about it, and keep a beautiful language on as many lips as possible.

Above is our sample introduction video for the entire Irish Language Hunting game video series - and here you can find a first draft version of the beginning of the video series (22 videos!) 

We've already spent 400 man-hours making this first run of sample videos.

Once this project is funded we'll improve and revamp the initial videos, and add 3 more sets (along with transcripts and supporting materials.)

How does it all work? You copy the hand signs and voicing in each video conversation, until you are having "Tea with Grandpa" at the very end. Bit by bit you learn how to say different things in Irish, through "a-ha!" moments and "riddling it out". This creates a kind of immersion in Irish, with no translating, that gets you thinking in Gaeilge right away! Yes, this is a very unusual way to learn Irish - and it's really fun, once you get the hang of it.

The series will consist of 4 "Laps" around the race track of the "Tea with Grandpa" conversation (everything you need to be able to say for a great time having tea with grandpa!)

Lap 1 is basic conversation, asking and answering "What, Who, Where, How Many, and Why" as it pertains to having tea. The first draft version of Lap 1 videos that you can try out: http://vimeo.com/album/1766297

Lap 2 is richer conversation, including a more complex version of everything before and asking "How do you make tea?".

Lap 3 is a "reading and speaking" version of the game so you can begin playing with literacy.

Lap 4 is a "writing-only" passing-notes version of the game, so you can play the game silently, and put the finishing touch on your initial Irish literacy.

Once you get the hang of it, you can apply Language Hunting to any language you wish to learn. If you've always wanted to become multilingual, this is the game for you.

Some examples of the cool stickers you'll get - more to come!

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