bryan asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

Is there an "Irish" language?

Is it a variation of english?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Despite what everyone's claiming, calling the language Gaelic in front of an Irishman may cause some tension -- they prefer the patriotic term "Irish," though in their language it's called "Gaeilge." Here are a few examples to prove it's nothing like English.

    sláinte - cheers

    cá bhfuil an leithreas? - Where's the bathroom?

    Cad is ainm duit/daoibh? - What's your name?

    All laws in ROI are passed in both English and Irish, and Irish is the first officially recognised language. If you ever go, you'll notice a lot of road signs are written in Irish and that they even have a television station called TG4 offering almost solely Irish shows (mostly cartoons to help the children learn).

  • alpha
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Yes there is an Irish language which we Irish people when speaking English call 'Irish' or when speaking in Irish call 'Gaeilge'. It is not at all like the English language, sentences are arranged completely different. In English the sentence structure is Subject, Predicate (action), Object, while the Irish sentence takes the form of Predicate, Subject, Object.

    It is spoken as a first language in areas of Ireland called 'Gaeltachts' which are mainly on the west coast.

    It is related to Scots Gaelic, Breton and Welsh and belongs the Celtic family of languages.

    The site below has some audio files of words spoken in English and their Irish equivalents which will give you an idea of how the Irish language sounds.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes in some parts of Ireland they only speak Irish. It is nothing Like English as it is a gaelic language.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes there is Irish Gaelic which is a variation of Gaelic, and I've also heard of places in Ireland that speak regular gaelic closer to what is spoke in scotland

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Language is Gaelic. Not a variation of english. Completely different, and almost unlearnable.

  • 1 decade ago

    Gaelic

  • 1 decade ago

    yes, there is an irish language. it's called gaelic, and it sounds NOTHING like english. and there is also an unspoken irish language as well. you know it when you see it. they just stare at you. it's very unnerving, and could make the toughest biker look away quivering.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's Gaelic.

  • 1 decade ago

    gaelic - sounds nothing like english to me!

  • Yes; it is Gaelic. FAR from English! ;-)

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