Seachtain na Gaeilge: Irish is one of four languages our son speaks in Sweden
Seachtain na Gaeilge: Speaking Irish in… Stockholm
Ruairí de Fréin and his French wife are bringing their children up in Sweden, speaking Irish, Swedish, French and halting English!
My two-and-a-half-year-old son is quite the celebrity at his dågis (Swedish preschool); he speaks Swedish with his classmates, French to his mother (her mother tongue), Irish to me (and his Mamó), and halting English to his “Dad-dad!” (who is always greeted joyously with this obligatory exclamation[!] and smile) on Skype.
My son’s demands to our Irish friend are now always in Irish, which is fantastic - “Tá mé ag iarraidh briosca eile, le do thoil, brioscaaa, brioscaaaa”. When my son earnestly informs me, from time to time, after a period of intense reflection that Mammy speaks Francís, Dadaí speaks Gaeilge and that his Dad-dad speaks Béarla, I know that we are on the right track.