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I was highly amused when an American told me he wanted to be more worldly by leaning languages and listed Irish as one of them. I know there's a few words that's different, but it still sounded funny.

EDIT: Okay so he probably meant Irish Gaelic, but then say Irish Gaelic. You'd be surprised by how little I know about languages so it helps to be specific. ;)

14th September 2012
 


926 Comments:
 
Arethusa

22 F
4 days ago #9275029        

In Norway you start to learn English in first grade (not to mention you have to learn both the Norwegian written languages) and when you get to middle school you have to choose a third language, the choice you have are different from school to school but German, Spanish, French or Chinese is normal.



Toxicpaw

11 F
2 months ago #9249952        

Schools around where I live just started requiring us to take language courses
Mostly Just Spanish,French, And German
I'm already fluent in Japanese



2 months ago #9247632        

Actually, the word "Gaelic" specifically refers to the Scottish language, whereas the Irish language is known as "Irish." Calling Irish "Gaelic" is a distinctly American thing to do, so the guy you spoke to was being correct. Though, to avoid confusion with Americans (and Danes ;), it would be acceptable to say "the Irish language."



2 months ago #9242935        

@RafaelNueda Mexico speaks Spanish, and in some US schools, another language is required, which is either Spanish, French, or now Chinese.



3 months ago #9227668        

Halò! Ciamar a tha sibh?



3 months ago #9221307        

But doesn't America speak Spanish and a bit of Mexican?



4 months ago #9215627        

@sultum no it isint it's more a Germanic language from Anglo Saxons and Saxons these days are Dutch and German + here is an example. Ich habe ein computer und iPod. I have a computer and iPod.



stultum

18 F
6 months ago #9160682        

English is just a french dialect.



6 months ago #9150761        

I wish Mexico appear more often.



7 months ago #9143094        

Yeaaaah, Irish Gaelic is actually a challenging one to learn.



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