Wondering about use of Irish with family, friends & business associates
Are there any DL users who speak Irish primarily or exclusively in their daily lives? I heard an old recording of the president of Ireland speaking it and I instantly loved the way it sounded
But it sounds so regal that I can't imagine people using it to do mundane things like buying cold medicine or installing a shower head. Just wondering how often people use the language casually or with a utilitarian end in mind.
I don't speak it primarily, or natively, but grew up learning it as a kid in Ireland, and occasionally use it here in Australia with some Irish friends.
Of course it's used for mundane things: it'd be a funny language indeed that couldn't be used to talk about the things that are right in front of you. Words like teileafón for telephone, and teilifís for television, which Irish didn't have by the time those fine things were invented have had to be be borrowed, it's true. You might find that a shower head would be a loanword too, since in the heyday of the language there weren't too many of those. But an awful lot of words in any language are loanwords too. Sure half of English is French. Otherwise though, it's a bread-and-butter kind of language.
It sounds wonderful to me, because I'm a long time out of school and far away, and regal to you because you don't have associations of growing up being taught it every day, but I know that some people can't stand it: same with any language.
No - Irish culture in QLD is mainly represented through the QLD Irish Assoc. with a lot of boxing and GAA stuff, and Irish dancing. Sadly, no-one seems interested in the Irish language itself, except Duolingo. I wrote a couple of pieces about it for the (now defunct) Irish Queenslander, no interest, so I tried...
Where are you based?
I've been watching Ros na Rún, Aifric (a teen drama), some news programs, and even little kids' shows on TG4. Definitely helps in getting the feel and casual pronunciation of the languages. The little kids' shows (like Bia Linn) are great because they say things more slowly, go over rudimentary things like colours, foods, numbers, etc.
My Irish instructor turned us on to a tv show called C.U.Burn. It is hilarious and entirely in Irish with subtitles. TG4 has a wealth of shows using Irish.
You will probably find pockets of Irish speakers who speak the language daily, but it really is pockets of population. Maybe check to see if there is a yahoo group or Google hangout for Irish immersion practice.
Almost every language can and have been used in a casual setting. It might seem weird to some people that Latin, Chinese, Nahuatl, Ancient Egyptian or Irish are/were used in a casual setting; but I would imagine that it would only take a few days of hearing them used normally to get used to it.