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WOW

Yesterday i learned that my grandad was a fluent Irish Speaker. I learned this when i was at my Nan's (Grandmother's) house yesterday and i was doing an Irish letter as part of my homework. I asked her for the name of the road we live on in Irish and she replied "Oh if only your grandfather was here , he would know " which lead onto a conversation about me asking about my grandad and finding out he spoke Irish! I'm amazed that i didn't know this before but now i feel even more encouraged to make a greater push in learning Irish.

P.S. My grandad only lived across the road from me, but he died when i was two

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

It's amazing when you find out something such as that isn't it?

I remember when I found out my great-grandparents only knew one language, Spanish. I was so amazed! Then, I found out both of my parents knew quite a bit of Spanish. After that, I was determined to learn Spanish. And so I have! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jackmchugh12

Great!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

:)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cchase007
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My ancestors came to the United States from many different countries, but their languages and traditions were all lost over time. I envy the opportunity you have to connect with your history so closely. It is a gift!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/proinsias123

That's great. People, myself included, should inquire more about their grandparent's or even their parent's lives before all the information and interesting stories they have are lost. Good luck in carrying on your grandda's legacy.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KyledelPue
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A long time ago, I learned one day that my father's first language was Spanish. Then he forgot how to speak it later on as outside of his family, there weren't very many Spanish speakers in the Philippines.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lee_livingston
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I've just scratched the surface on my family's geneology, but it's always fascinating to find something that seems 'odd'. For example:

According to the 1860 census, my great great grandfather came from Ireland and he listed Irish as his native tongue.

He was Protestant, and came to the US from County Monaghan in the 1840's with his first wife - who was Catholic; probably in his late teens/early 20's as the 1850 census lists them as 26 and 22 respectively. (He married my great great grandmother after she died.)

/Supposedly my ancestors were Vikings who liked Scotland so much after, err 'visiting', that they stayed. Then County Monaghan bet on the wrong Catholic King, and the Brits 'bussed' a bunch of Protestant Scots in. I haven't traced specific ancestors out of County Monaghan yet :>/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/koolasice123

It's amazing searching your genealogy, isn't it? Not long ago I found out my grandpa is full blodded Sicilian. And that my other grandpa is almost completely Irish. I love genealogy! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hugoar663

It happened the same to me when I was with some dutch Friends and he start speaking dutch---:)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/avrichard
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My father told me once about my grandfather (a native speaker of Cajun French) unexpectedly starting to speak Hebrew to a stranger on the street.

He had worked in Israel in the 1950s, but no one in the family knew he could speak Hebrew. But it's not all that surprising, he was a talented linguist, essentially native equivalent in French, English and Spanish.

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