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I thought the Irish people spoke English!

So I am taking the beginners course for Irish & it has all these crazy words. My family & friends tell me that Irish people speak English... but this is different... why?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi
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Irish people actually speak English. They used to speak Irish until the English took control during the plantations and the famine stuck in the 1840's. So only people in the Gaeltacht speak it daily as a first language.

FUN FACT: More people are learning Irish on Duolingo than there are native speakers of it!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LastChance_15

Awsome & thanks!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smok_arman
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Nobody hopes that all completed the Irish tree here would speak Irish fluently immidiately. But if just quarter of 122k polish migrants in Ireland will learn Gaeilge, it would be great ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheRCPanda

Irish people do speak English! (Believe me, I'm Irish!). That is why the language is struggling to stay alive, we used to speak Irish but due to English plantations we all started speaking English! There is still a few regions where Irish is spoken as a first language, but Irish has only 92,000 native speakers. Most Irish people don't speak fluent Irish believe it or not!

So yes, Irish people do speak English, but Irish is still our official language :).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LastChance_15

Ok I was just so confused for a moment there! You sure did help me a whole lot, thanks!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheRCPanda

Haha yeah I can understand why, a lot of people don't even know Irish is a language!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LastChance_15

I know I told my friends I was learning Portuguese & Irish & you should've seen the looks I got! LOL

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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English and Irish are both official languages, but English is the first language of the Irish.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnonymouslyIrish
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Technically, Irish actually comes first in the constitution so it's actually the first language(:

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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Sorry, when I said 'first language of the Irish', I meant the Irish people, since the vast majority learn English first, and use pretty much only English in daily life.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnLonDubhBeag

Sure tis the fair tongue of the Saxon that does be spoken a quarin fierce amount through out the seven heights of this island. Mainly though, when the evenin' id be settin' in it'd be the auld telepathy we'd use between eachuder.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jdfromdublin
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English is spoken by the majority of Irish citizens. Certain parts of the country are predominantly Irish-speaking.

Here's something you can show your family - Skip to about 0:57 to hear some Irish

Read More

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elenaki.a
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I know exactly how you feel. I got the same looks. My dad is still convinced there is no irish language and somehow I've found some fake language to learn. I played a video of people speaking irish to my dancing teacher once (keep in mind she's Greek) and she still thought it sounded like English. It's a bit sad.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnLonDubhBeag

Were the people in the videos native Irish speakers, they might have had a strong English language accent.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LastChance_15

Yes, I loved the strange looks I got! I felt for a while I was a bit smarter than them...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/45629genie

of course irish people speak english!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3 years ago
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