Duolingo is the most popular way to learn languages in the world. Best of all, it's 100% free!

https://www.duolingo.com/leahshyper

How often do you speak Irish?

I want to know if people in Ireland speak Irish often or if at all? I've looked it up and most places I've read say no but I want to know if anyone on here speak it. I don't live in Ireland (I wish), but if I ever moved there would anyone know what I say if I spoke Irish to them?

1 year ago

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/TseDanylo
TseDanylo
  • 12
  • 11
  • 11
  • 11
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 9
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 5
  • 2

I live in the East and Irish is pretty much dead here and most people only speak it in Gaelscoils (Irish speaking schools). I don't know about the West. I used to speak with my Granny when I was small but we don't get along anymore. The Gaeltacht regions are where students go to speak Irish and most of the area speaks Irish on a day to day basis. If you are planning on speaking Irish in Ireland please refer to this map.

The percentage of respondents who said they spoke Irish daily outside the education system in the 2011 census in the Republic of Ireland

Proportion of respondents who said they could speak Irish in the Ireland census in 2011 or the Northern Ireland census in 2011

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/torowan
torowan
  • 23
  • 18
  • 11
  • 11
  • 6
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • 8

Check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyll-bBZzyk for the first episode in an entertaining TG4 program that explores that very topic. Mostly Irish language but with English subtitles

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

Before anyone watches "No Béarla", the show linked above, you should read the comments about the presenter in the thread Irish Language Shows.

Bad and all as the state of the Irish language is, "No Béarla" is at least as much about the presenter as it is about Irish.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RebekahSwe

I live in Ireland, and Irish is actually a dying language here, but there still teach it here, I am actually fluent in real life, but it's only used in Ireland and it's not really a popular language.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gormisbui
Gormisbui
  • 16
  • 9
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 2

I don't live in Ireland but I speak it a lot when I am there.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aria487
Aria487
  • 24
  • 15
  • 10
  • 7
  • 3
  • 2

As far as I can tell, there are places in Ireland called "Gaeltacht" where people speak Irish in day to day lives. Most Irish people don't talk Irish.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/i_hate_irish

Not much of us speak it much here, except in irish schools. but in certain parts it's the native language.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gormisbui
Gormisbui
  • 16
  • 9
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 2

To get a proper idea about how many people speak Irish, you need to look at the statistics closely but also read between the lines. The Irish census says over a million, which of course is an inaccurate and unrealistic figure. More useful is the census question on frequency of usage. Around 600 000 do speak it on a semi regular basis and probably the main thing stopping them using it more regularly is that 600 000 people still only makes up around a tenth of the population of the whole country (north and south), so they are limited in who they can speak with.

1 year ago