You’ve probably already heard of “Gaelic” or of “Irish Gaelic” before. It’s the ancient Celtic language that still survives in some communities.
Here’s a quick list of what you need to know about the language!
- The term “Gaelic” can refer to both Scots Gaelic and Irish Gaelic.
- Those Scots and Irish Gaelic are very similar.
- People in Ireland simply refer to the Irish language as “Irish”.
- Many people outside of Ireland are learning to speak Irish. With lots of online resources, including TG4, Ireland’s Irish-language TV station, it’s never been easier.
- Obama used Irish Gaelic in his speech during his 2011 visit to Ireland. He said “Is féidir linn” meaning “Yes we can”.
- As a language, Irish is older than English. It was first written 2,000 years ago.
- Irish Gaelic is a Celtic language, having come from somewhere in central Europe.
- The parts of Ireland where Irish is still spoken are called the Gaeltacht regions.
- You don’t need to speak a word of Irish to get around in Ireland.
- Just about every person raised in Ireland has a basic understanding of Irish because of the school system. Many Irish people have found renewed interest in learning the language in their adulthood.
- Ireland’s constitution names Irish as the first official language, with English recognized as the second official language.
- You’ll see Irish written on most roadsigns in Ireland, along with English place names.
- You’ll surprise the locals if you use some Irish with them!
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