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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?

June 8, 2015

18 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

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!

June 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LastChance_15

Awsome & thanks!

June 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/smok_arman

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 ;)

June 9, 2015

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 :).

June 8, 2015

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!

June 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TheRCPanda

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

June 8, 2015

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

June 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption

English and Irish are both official languages, but English is the first language of the Irish.

June 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MsStealYourGirl

Technically, Irish actually comes first in the constitution so it's actually the first language(:

June 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption

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.

June 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jdfromdublin

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

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June 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Elenaki.a

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.

June 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AnLonDubhBeag

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

June 9, 2015

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...

June 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Carver352501

It is sad! I whole language is gone...

February 9, 2019

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.

June 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Carver352501

gross....

February 9, 2019

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

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

June 10, 2015
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