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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
 


924 Comments:
 
1 day 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."



8 days ago #9242935        

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



1 month ago #9227668        

Halò! Ciamar a tha sibh?



1 month ago #9221307        

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



2 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
4 months ago #9160682        

English is just a french dialect.



4 months ago #9150761        

I wish Mexico appear more often.



5 months ago #9143094        

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



danp0909

21 M
5 months ago #9142835        

@TwilightPanther don't forget French! :D And technically Russian thanks to Alaska...



5 months ago #9142245        

@Manasstalker Because of the huge amount of Latin-Americans in the United States and the only neighbour-countries either speaking Spanish or Canadian-English, not because a lot of native citizens of the United States speak it (Caucasian and African Americans foremostly).



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