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Welsh or Irish, Which is harder?

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I just wanted to ask which language people ( who are native speakers of neither language) found harder Welsh or Irish.

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1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/swingbeatnik7
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Irish is known to be difficult, even to Irish people. Welsh seems to me to be a lot easier to get your hands on, especially with the borrowed English words. They are both ancient languages, so they are pretty difficult, but beautiful.

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Alma_Tadema
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I'd say Irish is pretty tricky, although the double L sound in Welsh is hit-or-miss for me lol. I haven't studied Welsh as much but it seemed to me that there were less words I had to piece together to make a phrase or sentence...not quite sure if that makes sense? But I agree with swingbeatnik7, they are both beautiful.

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/becky3086
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I have not tried Welsh (it's on my list) and Irish is definitely hard. Really though, if you really intend to learn and put a good bit of effort into it, you can learn any language.

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lucguillou

hi please forgive my english mistakes i'am from brittany. i started both irish and welsh in september but i'm not the best to give you my advice there are 2 main branches in celtic languages gaelic: irish, scottish and manx britonic: welsh , breton, cornish speaking breton language, learning welsh is rather easy for me ,like learning another latin language spanish, italian for french native speakers. of course irish is much more difficult for me , a scottish gaelic speaker would find easier irish in my mind gaelic grammar is really more difficult , i have also to take care of the english grammar in my answers! you seem to have an irish name learn the language you'll use and practice

kenavo

luc

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EndaAMT
EndaAMT
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Your English is fine! I've been to Brittany and am interested in Breton, however I can't speak it and I find the grammar very complex. It's also hard since almost all the material for learning Breton is in French and I'm only learning French at the moment. Do you speak Breton?

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lucguillou

the material to learn welsh and irish is also in english, some material to learn breton exist in welsh! I 'm used to the eclipsis we have also in breton language,. I heard breton when I was young but it's at the age of 14 that I started speaking so I'm not a real native speaker. Cymraeg is so strong that people you don't know ask you for fags or to sign for a protest in welsh when you are passing by in the street.!In brittany I know the people to speak breton with them.

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Reply11 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bemk92
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I personally think it depends on your own personal situation.

If you've lived in Ireland or Scotland for all of your life and you have heard the language every once in a while, then you'll naturally find that easier to learn.

On the other hand, if you've lived in Wales or Brittany and you've had a few interactions with those languages you'll find that easier.

Then there is the factor of personal motivation, which I think is the most important one. How willing are you to invest time in learning the language. The more time you put in, the easier it becomes.

So, it depends. Which one do you like most, and which one have you had the most run ins with?

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EndaAMT
EndaAMT
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I prefer Irish, and I have had more run ins with it.

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EndaAMT
EndaAMT
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Thanks for your thoughts .

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/crussmor
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I find Welsh pretty tricky compared to Irish

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EndaAMT
EndaAMT
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What is it you find harder in Welsh? ( Just wondering as I also find Welsh harder)

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/crussmor
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It's hard to put my finger on it exactly but I find Irish is a bit more like other languages- perhaps because it has loan-words from French, Latin and English. I know Welsh does too but I just find it harder to recognise what's going on in a Welsh phrase, the pronunciation is tricky for me and the mutation of the words and spelling changes also.

I thought it would be more similar to Irish and while I do see some similarities in vocabulary it's not as intuitive to me as some other languages. That's just my experience , that said, I do enjoy the challenge and will continue on with this ancient tongue.

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EndaAMT
EndaAMT
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I am also able to find more links to other languages in Irish.

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/williamparadise

welsh (slightly) for me

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kostas00
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I wanna ask if there is another welsh word for Hello_Helo because I found it very english_like If u got me

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stephen507223
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Shwmai - is an informal 'hiya'

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Reply10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lucguillou

no word for "bonjour" hello in french in breton language either.but sentences like , how is the world with you, are you ok.. in glasgow they say" awright" for everything ok .

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sprinklez1
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I'd say that Irish grammar is more complicated (from my own experience), but I've studied Irish more than Welsh, so I can speak more Irish. Welsh orthography is simpler, too.

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Reply10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VioletdeVinter

I'm not very far in but have found the Welsh is a bit easier to learn than Irish for a native English.

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Reply1 month ago