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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
 


936 Comments:
 
8 days ago #9312522        

@GideonKalveJarvis

Sorry but that is incorrect. Irish never went extinct, it merely lost prestige and became a minority language. It has always had native speakers however,forming a continuous chain of native speakers of Old Irish to present day modern Irish. Manx and Cornish are examples of languages that went extinct due to having no native speakers or native speaking communities at one point though both have been subsequently revived.

The Irish nationalist movements pushed for the revival of Irish as a common and national language of Ireland, restoring it to a respected status. At the time of these movements Irish was still spoken as the everyday (and still remains spoken) in pockets mainly along the western coast but had the association of poverty and backwardness thanks to 19th century campaigns by the British (seeking to anglisise Ireland) and the Catholic church (who preferred English speakers for missionary work). The spelling system was reformed with independence and is largely based on the Classical Gaelic spelling of the bards and poets, which is itself based on the Irish spelling found in manuscripts (and which predates written English). It is actually quiute regular as a spelling system (more so than English) and once you learn the rules you can pronounce words with a good degree of accruacy. The Latin alphabet may not be entirely suited to Irish but this is a pretty good system for preserving pronunciation and etymology. Irish has four kinds of most consonants. Ex: b can be velarised (in writing it is flanked by a/á, o/ó or u/ú) or palatilised (flanked by i/í or e/é), and both forms can be lenited (bh, at one time this would be written with an overdot but typewriters lacked that character). From words like Leabhar meaning book you can see the connection to Latin liber. Compare Manx (which is closely related but uses an English based spelling), Lioar. In general the etymology is lost and in many cases the palatilised/velarised nature of consonants.



23 days ago #9303647        

@hennelly14

Oh my god, it's so f***ing random! XD



Summer

14 F
1 month ago #9297180        

That's funny because that just happened a few days ago. My little sister and her soccer team went to a soccer camp where a bunch of young british guys helped, and later she said "We had a really cute boy help us today. He spoke a different language." She has more of a reason to mix it up though, because she's six. x)



1 month ago #9296974        

In poland you start to learn english at the age of 6, then german at the age of 13, most of people there in poland learn more than those 2 languages, its mostly russian or spanish



1 month ago #9296973        

In poland you start to learn english at the age of 6, then german and sometimes french at the age of 13, most of people there in poland learn more than those 2-3 languages, its mostly russian or spanish



1 month ago #9292500        

Last time i check the Hispanic and Latino were 17% of the USA Population, so USA knows Spanish and can't denied.



2 months ago #9288440        

@ShylokVakarian, it translates as "Quiet road girl milk and can I go to the toilet" it's a common joke we use to act like we know the language!



2 months ago #9287174        

@hennelly14

That seems vaguely Latin. Not sure why, it just does to me.



2 months ago #9287054        

ha good luck learning Irish. We are taught it for fourteen years and only 8% are fluent! Ciúnas bóthar cailín bainne, agus an bhfuil cead agam ag dul amach go dti an leithreas.



Azura

99 M
2 months ago #9286397        

@CheesyWeesy since @aecoleman is being precise about the naming of languages then I guess I should butt in as well. Central America and South America actually speak Castellano. Trust me.........



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