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Why Are You Interested in Learning to Speak Irish Gaelic?

Irish Gaeltacht
Irish Gaeltacht
Irish-speaking area in Conamara, County Galway, Ireland.

Little you may know it – you’re sharing a journey in the Irish language (also called Gaelic or Irish Gaelic) with thousands of others worldwide.

We come from different backgrounds

Perhaps you don’t speak a word of Irish yet.

Or maybe you speak cรบpla focal (a couple of words).

You might even be a lapsed speaker coming back to the language.

Why do you want to speak the Irish language?

Please reply below, and share with us why you want to speak Irish.

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278 thoughts on “Why Are You Interested in Learning to Speak Irish Gaelic?”

    1. It’ll be hard to keep up with the little ones, but that’s also a great motivation for you. Thanks for being part of Bitesize Irish Gaelic.

  1. I was born in Waterford, Ireland, i lived there untill i was 6 and most of my older family spoke a fair amount of Gaelic i knew few words, so when i moved to Australia at 6 years old in 2004 i wanted to learn to speak the language of my home to keep in ties. Every year over the summer my parents manage to get us 4 kkids over to see our family.

    1. I too was born there ๐Ÿ™‚ But only lived there as a newborn.

      Interesting to hear that Irish was around in your family too. The Roinn Gaeltacht in Co. Waterford is where it still indeed lives.

      If you’re passing through Limerick the next time in Ireland, don’t be afraid to drop by!

  2. I am interested in learning not just the language, but everything there is to know about Ireland. It’s my heritage and I couldn’t be more proud. I want to show my pride and learning the language is the best way I can think of showing it.

    Donna

    1. Hi Donna – excellent that you’re living and breathing your Irishness. I hope that with Bitesize Irish Gaelic you can bring yourself even closer to that side of your heritage.

  3. i spent five years at scool writing and reading irish and i thought i was learning irish, we hardly ever spoke it. how much better if everything in the clas was in irish instead of english, maybe if i was taught speaking, and conversation, in irish i would be able to speak it a little bit. i have no sympathy with teachers of irish they have a lot to answer for with young minds at their mercy.

  4. I’ve always known my family’s connection with Ireland and we’re what has become a stereotypical American Irish Catholic family with a million relatives hanging around everywhere. However, during my time at University, I discovered that my family’s Irish connections were not all that far back. So many people I know say that their families came to the United States a century or more ago, but that’s not true for my family and I was rather shocked. It may seem a bit controversial, but I’ve heard stories of distant relatives who were Irish nationalists and took part in the Civil Rights Movement in Derry back in the late 60s/early 70s. Anyway, the point is I, like many of those posting here, would like to get into touch with my heritage. Some of it is still retained in some of our family traditions, but of course, we lose more with each subsequent generation. I hope to one day (hopefully in the next year) go to Ireland and research our genealogy and maybe if I’m lucky meet some of those distant relatives. Maybe I’ll find out if the stories are true!

  5. I haven’t completed my family tree yet, so don’t know if I have Irish ancestry or not. However, my husband does, so in that spirit I’m learning the language. I hope to one day to teach my children something about their heritage. Also, being a health professional I know that learning a new language is great exercise for the brain. BTW, thank you so much for the language lessons!!

    1. Oh, that’s so true about the brain exercise, eh? When I’m learning Slovenian (my wife’s, Sasa, language) it takes so much physical effort she laughs at me. It takes lots of effort over time (you just need the right tools to help you along the way).

      I don’t get it, though. What made you leap into wanting to speak the Irish language? Lots of people know of a connection to Ireland, but would never consider learning its native language.

  6. Hi Eoin, I have a silly reason to learn irish and a typical reason to learn irish. Like some of the other people commenting, my grandmother’s family is from Ireland. My grandfather was from Germany. I have been really interested in my grandmother’s side. I see some coincidences like I grew up by a lake, I love crystal, I love the irish music and a few others. Yes, I do feel like I am connecting with my family. Now here is the silly reason. My son being frustrated about a group of people speaking another language in front of him, he jokingly said that he wish he knew another language and to speak it in front of them so they would know how it feels to be left out. I said ok let’s do that, so he wanted to speak german and I said no I wanted to speak irish, I would rather have an irish accent, which I think is so cool than a harsh german accent. I have enjoyed the free lessons and I have learned alot, I listen to them almost every day. I just love it and I am so excited about learning irish. I have enjoyed it to the point where the silly part doesn’t matter any more. Thank you so much for teaching me.

    1. Anne, doesn’t sound like such a silly reason, I must say. Actually, you’ll often hear people from Ireland say about the same thing. They go abroad, and realize they don’t have their own “secret” language to speak in. Many people use Irish if they can speak it, otherwise they’re stuck.

      For example, I was sitting in a tram in south of France a few years ago. The girls beside me began speaking in Irish, talking about another girl on the tram. They thought they would get away with noone else understanding!

      Great that you’ve enjoyed the free Irish for Beginners lessons. Hope you stick around with us to learn some more.

    2. Hi Anne, your second reason made me laugh because my little sister said the same thing as your son! I wanted to learn Irish because I love Irish music and the language really intrigues me but I didn’t want to learn it alone. I asked my sister and she said she wanted to learn it so she and her friend could have a secret language that no one at school knew! So I formed a group with two of my sisters and the friend and we meet almost every night to learn and watch shows on TG4. We have tons of fun!

  7. Although I don’t have a drop of Irish blood, I have always had a love for the Irish culture and folklore. The land seems so enchanting, and I would love to vist, maybe live, in Ireland one day.