debussygirl wrote:vamp na hEireann wrote:I speak english as my first language,I'm trying to teach myself german but I'm not getting very far,and I've been learning Irish the last 11 and a half years and cant understand a word of it.
There's a language called Irish? I thought that was just English!
Oh, yeah!!! It's Irish Gaelic and derives from the ancient Celtic language spoken in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and part of France...there some Gaelic-speaking communities, especially in the west of Ireland and on the Aran Islands. Most of the people speak it along with English but in some areas, such a sDublin, it's disappearing among young people, even though it's taught in schools. By the way, you have to speak it fluently to get to University or work in any of the Givernment Offices...luckily enough, this rule doesn't apply for foreign people