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alex suhoy  Identity Verified
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I don’t know much about Ireland, but didn’t they used to have a foreign language that wasn’t english? I really think if that’s the case, then it’s sad that they lost their native foreign language and have been forced to speak english.

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Tom in London
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alex suhoy wrote:

I don’t know much about Ireland, but didn’t they used to have a foreign language that wasn’t english? I really think if that’s the case, then it’s sad that they lost their native foreign language and have been forced to speak english.


Irish is not a foreign language in Ireland. It is one of two official languages. English is the other. About 25% speak Irish as their first language. Everyone else learns it at school and speaks it a bit.

[Edited at 2015-01-10 21:20 GMT]


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Carlos Alonso  Identity Verified
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Languages currently spoken in Ireland Jan 11, 2015

The original language of the Irish people, the gaelic, is being gradually recovered, particularly regarding young people, the new generations; anyway, every Irish is fully fluent in English; some fanatics think that it is an imposition, very definitely, no, it is the logical way to get in touch with the world; something similar is presently going on in the Basque country, Catalonia and Galicia in Northern Spain. The most difficult problem refers to the Basque language that is not taught in an easy way; in general, the methodologies do not apply well to adults. Carlos Alonso, Sao Paulo, Brazil, e-mail: carlos.prudencioalonso@gmail.com

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