13 Things You Should know About Irish Gaelic Before Visiting Ireland
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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