There’s lots of life around the Irish language outside of Ireland. I think that many people in Ireland don’t even realize the number of you who want to learn, or are learning.
Ireland-United States Fulbright Commission report released
In the past month, the Ireland-United States Fulbright Commission released a big report on Irish language learners in the USA.
Many findings of the report are interesting, such as that 98% of respondents (Irish language learners or teachers) said that it is important to preserve minority languages.
The Fulbright Commission report looked specifically at learners in the USA.
I had a look at our number of Bitesize Irish Gaelic members, to compare. Bitesize Irish Gaelic offers online Irish language lessons with audio pronunciation. I wondered where Bitesize Irish Gaelic members come from.
From which countries do our online Irish language learners come from?
I think it’s pretty clear…
While many come from the USA, other countries that our online learners come from are:
- United Kingdom
The list is longer if I include countries with just one member.
Where are the most online Irish learners in the USA?
You go, California! Maith sibh.
Our top 5 American states are:
Some notes about our reporting
- Bitesize Irish Gaelic focus has always been to help people outside of Ireland to learn to speak Irish. Many people simply search for “Gaelic”, which is why we use the term “Irish Gaelic” here.
- Learning online is great for those without direct access to local classes. That may influence the maps above.
- The numbers only include members who have paid. There are pockets of Irish classes who use complimentary accounts of Bitesize Irish Gaelic, but they don’t feature in the numbers.
- The numbers come from Google Analytics reports, which are not always accurate, but are a good indicator.
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