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#10

THERE IS
AN IRISH
LANGUAGE?

shitload of swearing

As already said before the Irish are polite and easy-going fellows. However, they tend to swear quite a lot. Even though they don’t want to offend anyone to use the word fuck at every fucking possibility. If it’s not the F word they use “Christ”, “Jesus” or some art expression I couldn’t decode.

Even at university students and lecturers include a range of bad words in their everyday vocabulary. As a foreigner, you still don’t feel assaulted - you’d rather start using fuck fucking often as well and adopt to the local linguistics customs. Anyway, I have to admit that I already swore a lot for coming to Ireland.

If the red door was English and the yellow one Gaelic, 99% of the Irish would go left

what is the other language? 

When talking about language, swearing is nonetheless the first thing you notice when arriving in Ireland. Already at the airport, you’ll realize that all signs are bilingual: English and the second official language, Irish Gaelic. So, throughout the country, every road sign, for example, has both languages on it. Wondering about this bilingual with them I soon ask some friends whether the locals actually use Irish. The answer was a straightforward: No.

Irish is still taught at school and it’s mandatory to past the subject if you want to go to college but while about 30% of the population are you capable I’m speaking this historic language, only one % use it on a daily basis. All business matters, personal issues and Public life are handled and English. At least basic to the traditional language by translating every official document into Gaelic as well period

Ní labhraíonn Gaeilge

The ting is

Instead of using the Irish language, people developed different English dialects; especially around Cork. People from Cork talk with a thick accent and I found it hard to understand them at the beginning among others, they tend to mumble and swallow words. Things, for example is pronounce “tings” (the nightmare of every Austrian English teacher) and goes along with other special expressions. Apart from that, the word “like” is used heavily - which you pick up quickly a while living there - as well I was some funny phrases like “at the end of today.”

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