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How to speak Irish in public?

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Although it seems like a silly question, how to speak irish to people around without coming across as rude or arrogant or being told to speak English?

4 months ago

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Who are the people that you are talking to? If you are trying to communicate something specific to someone who either doesn't speak Irish, or who isn't comfortable with their command of Irish, it might well be rude or arrogant to insist on speaking Irish, but if you just want to start with pleasantries like Dia duit, conas atá tú?, gabh mo leithscéal or céard faoin gcluiche aréir? then you aren't being rude or arrogant, at least in Ireland where it can be expected that most people will understand you, even if they prefer to reply in English, and it's the complainer who is being rude and arrogant.

If you're doing this primarily for your own benefit, and not talking with other people who are also learning, or helping you to learn, and you're just making conversation, go bi-lingual, and say it in Irish first and then English, but only if you can spit it out reasonably quickly - if you're humming and hawing in Irish, trying to think of the right word, then they might have a point - that might be annoying at least, and become rude if you persist after people ask you to desist.

In short, if you can say short sentences with confidence, and immediately translate them for anyone listening that might need a translation, then nobody should have much grounds for complaint. You will encounter people with a chip on their shoulder, gan dabht, but you might as well ignore them, as they're clearly prepared to ignore your opinion on the issue.

4 months ago

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Keep it simple at first: Dia dhuit/hello, ce mheid/how much, paipear/paper, uisce/water, tae/tea, please/le do thoil, airgead/money etc. As a native Irish speaker I would simply love it if a foreigner/eachtrannach greeted me in my own language. One word is all it takes! I will continue waiting.

4 months ago
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